Orissa, one of the most picturesque states in East India is
well known about its tribes, temples, beautiful landscapes
and wild life. As a matter of fact Orissa is the third most
tribal concentrated place and plays host to nearly 62 tribes.
A very important place in Orissa which is truly a landmark
is Puri. This place is India’s most important pilgrimage centers
and is dominated by the ‘Jagannath Temple’. Nestling on the
eastern coast along the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal,the
unique State of Orissa offers to her guests a 'tourism capsule'
containing magnificient temples, sunny beaches,colourful wild
life, traditional tribal culture and a rich heritage. Shivaji,
the great Maratha leader, was raised in Pune, which was granted
to his grandfather in 1599. Later it became the seat of power
for the Brahmin Peshwa family until 1817 when it fell to the
british and became their alternative capital during the monsoon.
Pune (pronounced and often spelt 'Poona') has a rather more
pleasant climate than muggy Mumbai. With fast (but full) express
commuter trains connecting Pune to Mumbai in less than four
hours, many people who can't afford the sky-high prices of
accommodation in Mumbai commute daily between the two cities.
As a result, big city influence has rubbed off on Pune, and
fashion shops and fast-food outlets are constantly springing
up. Pune boast a prestigious university(styling itself as
the 'Oxford of the East'), and is a major industrial centre.
For many western visitors, the city's major attraction is
the Osho Commune International, better known as the ashram
of Bhagwan Rajneesh. To her credit, it has housed the important
pilgrimage centre for the Hindus - Puri, the 13th century
magic carved on sand stone - Konark, the largest brackish
water lake of the continent - Chilika, the wonder green land
of the white tigers - Nandankanan, and many more caves, Chaityas,
Stupas.temples, forts and palaces. Statistics says most of
the visitors frequent this place for Lord Jagannath and the
blue bay. Popularly known as the "Temple City of India",
it is the seat of 'Tribhubaneshwar’ or 'Lord Lingaraj', the
Lord of the Three Worlds – the God Shiva.
Bhubaneshwar - konark:
The skyline of old Bhubaneshwar has temple spires extending
tall fingers into the clouds with saffron pennants announcing
the all-encompassing presence of Hinduism. New Bhubaneshwar
with its modern buildings and extensive infrastructure perfectly
blends into the religious ambience.
The beautiful sun temple built in the 13th century in honour
of the sun god, contains exquisite carvings, life sized lions
and elephants, colossal figures of warriors on horses, scenes
of battle and chase - all carved with great imagination and
skill, testify to the high standard of ancient indian art
and engineering skill and visit the finest temples - lingaraj,
rajarani, mukteswar, brahmeswar and parasurameswar. These
temples are some of the best specimens of the orissan temple
architecture, visit Udaigiri Caves famous dhauli hills.