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Top 5 Fascinating Facts about Odisha

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Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, is one of the 29 states of India and the easternmost state on the Indian subcontinent. It is the 8th largest state in India covering an area of 155,707 km and borders the states of Chhattisgarh to the north-west, Jharkhand to the north, West Bengal to the north-east, and Andhra Pradesh to the south-east. Odisha has many rivers along with numerous small streams originating in its territory.

Hirakud: The longest man-made dam in the world

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The Hirakud Dam is in Sambalpur district, on the Mahanadi River. It is the main Heritage Site of Odisha and is a popular tourist destination. The dam impounds one of India’s largest artificial lakes and supplies water to industrial, agricultural and drinking-water purposes. As well as bringing economic prosperity to Western Orissa, it also provides irrigation facilities for many hectares of land in Sambalpur and Sonepur districts. 

First armed mutiny for Independence

Odisha’s Paika Rebellion started in 1817 is the first ever organised movement for independence from British rule. Bakshi Jagabandhu, the highest-ranking army officer working for Gajapati Mukund Dev, organised the rally in an attempt to reclaim their identity as an independent homeland.

To know more about Paika Rebellion refer to the link below :

https://www.drishtiias.com/daily-updates/daily-news-analysis/paika-rebellion-1817

Largest open-air theatre in the world

Every year, the Dhanu Jatra transforms Bargarh and the surrounding environment into the world’s largest open-air theatre. The recreation of Krishna Leela, from his birth to death of his uncle Kansa, draws devotees from all over the state and country.

The leaning temple of Odisha

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The leaning temple of Huma is on the banks of Mahanadi river near Sambalpur district of Odisha. The temple is also worshipped as Bimaleshwar. This tilt could be by flooding or an earthquake, or it could result from deliberate planning. On the other hand, the temple’s tilt has never been measured.

To know more about Leaning temple of Odisha refer to the link below :

https://sambalpur.nic.in/tourist-place/dhauli/

Home to 62 different tribes

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Odisha, with its diverse culture and traditions, is home to 62 different tribes. These indigenous tribes have their own rich cultures, languages and customs. The tribal communities of Odisha are not only confined to remote villages but can also be found in cities like Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. A census report in 2001 found that at least 4 percent of Odia-speaking people belonged to Scheduled Tribes.

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