What Every Indian Should Know about Odisha

The post is an answer by Ananya Parida in response to a question asked by a member in Quora.com. Ananya’s fabulous answer has earned her (and all proud Odias for that matter) over 70 upvotes by the Quora members.

Disclaimer: The post is an answer by Ananya Parida in response to a question asked by a member in Quora.com. Ananya’s fabulous answer has earned her (and all proud Odias for that matter) over 70 upvotes by the Quora members. This is quite a feat in itself, if nothing else. You can find her answer here.

Our beautiful state, Odisha( formerly Orissa):

I would start by saying, presently I stay in Delhi and the way northerners perceive Oriya people is utterly disappointing. They think our language is funny. They think our cuisine does not stand a chance in front of their rich food. To quote some “Oh! You are from south India”, “Which place is this Odisha again?”. So, for the last time, let me tell you people about the rich Oriya heritage.

Our geography:

Odisha  is situated in the eastern part of the country. It is surrounded by West Bengal to the north-east and in the east, Jharkhand to the north,Chhattisgarh to the west and north-west and Andhra Pradesh to the south. The state has an area of 155,707 km2 and extends for 800 kilometres from north to south and 500 kilometers from east to west. Its coastline is 480 kilometre long. The state is divided into 30 districts which are further subdivided into 314 blocks.

(P.S: The star is where my home is.)

Our State Symbols:

State Animal: Sambar deerState Animal Sambar deer

State Bird: Indian RollerState Bird Indian Roller

State Flower: Asoka flowerState Flower Asoka flower

These are some things that even some Odia people might not know.

Our Food:

Out of many specialties of Odisha, I would list down a few which are my absolute favorite.

Chenna Poda: That quintessential cheese dessertChenna Poda

Malpua: Sweetest pancake everMalpua

Arisa Pitha: Crispy outer layer with soft insides

Arisa Pitha

Poda Pitha: Every oriya’s favorite

Poda Pitha

Khiri: Rice pudding that can blow away your mind. Mine does.


Khaja: Lord Jagannath’s favorite


Mahaprasad: A lunch fit for a king


Odissi Dance: The oldest surviving dance form of India

560 Indian Odissi dancers preform to try

Must visit places:

Puri Jagannath: One of our four dhams.

Puri Jagannath


Chilika Lake: India’s migratory birds paradise

Chilika Lake

Udaygiri caves: An archeologists’ paradise

Udaygiri caves

Bhitarkanika Ntional Park:

Bhitarkanika Ntional Park

Nandankanan Zoo:

Nandankanan Zoo

Chandipur Beach: Visit for the awesome sunset views


Chandipur Beach

Konark SunTemple: A Fascinating tale behind the majestic structure

Konark SunTemple

The Barabati Stadium in Cuttack: You should visit during one of the matches as the stadium breathes and reverberates to the cheers.

 The Barabati Stadium in Cuttack

Sambalpuri Sarees that we are famous for: Ladies love it

 Sambalpuri Sarees

Arts & Handicrafts: You would want it all, won’t you?

 Arts & Handicrafts

Applique craft:

 Applique craft


Stone(dhokra) Craft:Stone(dhokra) Craft


Silver Filigree: My favorite

Silver Filigree

Metal Work: So beautiful

Metal Work

Pattachitra Painting:

Pattachitra Painting

Another interesting fact of Odisha:

The Olive Ridley Turtles: The majority of Olive Ridleys nest in two or three large groups near Gahirmatha in Odisha.In 1991, over 600,000 turtles nested along the coast of Odisha in one week.The Olive Ridley Turtles

Sand Art: Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik single handedly bought Odisha to the international attention.He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2014. Below is one of his beautiful sand art.Sand Art

Some famous personalities of Odisha:

Dilip Tirkey: He is a former Indian hockey player and best known for his penalty corner hit. Dilip was one of the most difficult defenders to beat in the world.Dilip Tirkey

Nandita Das(film actress and director): Nandita Das was the first Indian to be inducted into their International Women’s Forum‘s hall of fame for her contributions to arts.Nandita Das

Sona Mohapatra: Indian singer, music composer and lyricist

Sona Mohapatra

Paradip Port: The fully automated coal handling plant can handle up to 20 million tons of coal imports per annum.

Paradip Port

SAIL-Rourkela Steel Plant: The first integrated steel plant in the public sector in India, was set up with German collaboration with an installed capacity of 1 million tonnes in th 1960s. Subsequently, its capacity was enhanced to 2 million tonnes. The RSP has many firsts to its credit. It is the first plant in Asia to adopt the energy-efficient LD process of steel making and the first integrated steel plant of SAIL which adopted the cost-effective and quality-centered continuous casting route to process 100% of steel produced. The plant has also, for the first time in India, had adopted external desulphurisation of hot metal by calcium carbide injection process. RSP is one of the unique units under the SAIL umbrella with a wide variety of special purpose steels.SAIL-Rourkela Steel Plant

AIIMS in Bhubaneswar:

AIIMS in Bhubaneswar


IIT, Bhubaneswar:

IIT, Bhubaneswar

Finally, the Grand Rath Yatra: This is just as mesmerizing as it looks. Maybe even more. Notice the crowd behind.

Rath Yatra

If you are interested and want to know more, you can always PM me. Thanks for appreciating my beautiful home state.

NB: Authored and Compiled by Ananya Parida




    January 11, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Many things has missed like Dussehera (Medha in Siver/Gold works). One of first engg school B.O.S.E. estd in 1926 (Many years ago people from outside state like Bihar come here for engg). Jobra bridge one of the longest bridge over river among others etc………………………….

  2. sachin pati

    May 29, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    waao…thats superb bout or odish….add a point about rourkela..

  3. rupak

    May 20, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    “hay kahan jaa raha hai?’
    Ghar jaa raha hun.
    achha gaon jaa raha hai? gaon nahin yaar bhubaneswar jaa raha hun.
    and then the most ever irritating line comes up, most of the time…’bhubaneswar??? where is that?’
    but the stylish & creative way ma’am ananya has put it. definitely highly appreciable.
    i’m born, brought up and spent max part of my lyf in Odisha but never had any idea about State symblos….Thnx ma’am.
    We should know first make others learn.
    jus b’coz some good people here couldn’t control themselves and added some vital names. i too will pledge for XIMB, NLU, IIIT, similipal forest, pakhala etc.

  4. Debananda Dwibedi

    May 17, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Rice was first discovered and grown in Odisha. Even the cotton grown in Koraput Bolangir belt is the best cotton available in India it is said.

  5. Rakesh

    April 30, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Your post is quite impressive and informative but all above Puri Jagannath temple is the most loveable place throughout Orissa and India. A great number of people are coming to Puri to see lord Jagannath and wide sea beaches. Lord Jagannath has a number of rituals throughout the year. Nabakalebara (new life)is one of the best and important rituals of lord Jagannath. There is a new mobile app on nabakalebara of lord Jagannath is in the air now. Get updates and information on Lord Jagannath’s Nabakalebar (New Life)Festival on your android mobile phone wherever you may be. Install the app on your mobile so that your friends and relatives can get updates on Lord Jagannath’s Historic Event every time. This exclusive apps is for every lovers of lord Jagannath. You can get the app link here.
    Nabakalebara of Puri Jagannath

  6. Lingaraj

    April 20, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    More facts can be added as pointed by Satish Pattnaik and others … Really I am proud to be a Odia ..

  7. Dr sudha Jagdish

    April 8, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Jai ho !!! Chenna poda is still my favorite dish and still can’t forget my Oriya friends , who are the best of all in this world.

  8. Harshad Hindocha

    April 1, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Brilliant idea. I studied and lived in Cuttack till early 1966. Reminded me lots of pleasant memories

  9. Pabitra Jena

    April 1, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    really you guys are awesome.!your small steps makes big differences for Odisha…thank u….

  10. ashutosh swain

    March 29, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    hiii…all total its fine and good…but u r forget to show the majestically views of hirakud dam….

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  12. Biswajit Sahu

    November 18, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    awesome and add something about our first planned city in india bhubaneswar

  13. Shubham

    November 16, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    You Forgot to add Rasgulla

  14. Subrat Dhal

    September 19, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    This reminds me of Namastey London.

  15. Satish Patnaik

    September 15, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Origin of Rasagulla ( Khirmohan) is Odisha. Great Poet Jaydeva (writer of Gita Govinda) was from Odisha. Netaji Subash Chandra Bose birthplace is cuttack, Odisha. He studied there upto class 10th in Revenshaw Collegiate School.

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