Orissa’s main attractions are the temples of the capital Bhubaneswar, the long sandy beach at Puri, the Sun Temple at Konark and Simlipal and Nandankanan sanctuaries of Cuttack. The renowned Jagannatha temple dominate the landscape at Puri as does the Lingaraja temple of Bhubaneswar.

Bhubaneswar is the state capital of Orissa. The area that is now Orissa was previously called Kalinga, and it was the Battle in Kalinga where allegedly hundreds of thousands were killed that made Emperor Ashoka foreswore war. The Emperor’s conquest of Kalinga, which involved great carnage, captivity and misery of the people, was the turning-point of his life, who henceforward, gave up his ambition of “Dig-Vijaya” (military conquest) in favor of “Dharma-Vijaya” (spiritual conquest), and became a Buddhist.

The state of Orissa is also noted for the Ikat style of dyeing & weaving, and chitra kata painting.