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  • 1,55,707 sq km
  • 1 April 1936
  • Bhubneshwar
  • 63.61%
  • 236
  • Rice,Mesta
  • 3,67,06,920
  • Oriya,Bengali
  • Iron&Steel
  • Bhubaneshwar
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Map of Orissa
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Orissa the land of Oriyas , earlier known as Kalinga , lies on the eastern coast of India . it is bounded by West Bengal on the north - east Chhattisgarh on the west , Andhra Pradesh on the south - east , Madhya Pradesh on the west and Bay of Bengal on the east . The state is drained by three great rivers the Mahanadi the Brahmani and the Baitarani and some lesser rivers all of which flow into the Bay of Bengal . The biggest and the most famous lake in Orissa is the Chilika Lake. This great historical land is known for the kalinga War which Ashoka (273-232 B.C) .But the spoils of war change the heat of Ashoka and turned him towards the compassionate teachings of Lord Buddha. Orissa is a Kaleidoscope of past splendors and contemporary expression. It is India in essence right down to her roots .Blessed with the natures bounty the land is dotted with fertile plains blue mountains, beautiful beaches and mighty rivers with magnificent waterfalls . The Sun Temple at Konark north of Puri is in itself reason enough for a trip of India like the Taj Mahal at Agra or the Kailasa temple at Ellora .

The holy city of Puri is known for Lord Jagannath 's temple , one of India 's four holiest Places -"Chaar Dham" and many more ancient Hindu and Jain temple . Great traditional dances and music, handicrafts, temple architecture and sculptures, the colorful hospital people and above all the excitement of modern India's technological achievements in the from of Hirakud Dam and Raurkela Steel Plant are the part of Orissa's resplendent blend of past and present. Chandipur -AT - Sea, the missile testing is also situated in Orissa.

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