Akshyarasila: Where the stone speaks!

Akshyarasila village under Balanda village panchayat is about five km from Bahadaposhi junction in Barkot block of Deogarh district. There is a legendary or historical opinion on the naming of this literal village. According to historical records, as the village was on the banks of the Brahmani river, Buddhist monks used to travel from Nalanda …

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Role of Maharaja Sriram Chandra Bhanj Deo in the Odia Language Movement

The history of Odia language movement for saving it from the onslaught carried-out by Bengali Babu’s and it’s promotion and the creation of separate Odisha Province on linguistic basis is a romance in the history of Odisha. Odisha was dismembered after the British occupation in 1803 A.D. into three separate tracts known as Odisha division …

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Buxi Jagabandhu : The Chief Architect of Khurda Paik Rebellion of 1817

Before occupying Orissa, the whole of Bengal in the north and the Oriya district of Ganjam in the south was already under the British suzerainty. So it became easier for the Britishers to attack Orissa from three sides. On 8th September 1803 the Britishers started from Madras and arrived at Puri on 16th September en-route …

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Makers of Modern Odisha: Sriram Chandra Bhanja Deo

Born on 17th December 1871 in a royal family of princely state of Mayurbhanj, Sri Ram Chandra ascended the throne on 15th August 1892. He worked for the all-round development of Mayurbhanj state and implemented various benevolent measures for the welfare of the people. Pandit Utkalmani Gopabandhu became the friend, philosopher and guide of this …

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Makers of Modern Odisha: Gangadhar Meher

Born on August 9, 1862 on the day of Sravana Purnima at Barapalli, Sambalpur in a weaver family. Educated up to 5th class. Dr. Mayadhar Mansingh has high esteem for Gangadhar Meher and in his History of Oriya literature he has opined “All told, Gangadhar Meher is one of the rarest personalities and poets in …

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Makers of Modern Odisha: Utkala Gourav Madhusudan Das

Born on 1848, April 28 at Satyabhamapur of Cuttack District. Father Choudhuri Raghunath Das, Mother–Parvati Devi. Madhusudan Das was the first Oriya to fetch the degree of M.A.B.L., from Calcutta University. He was popularly known as Madhu Barrister, respectfully regarded and addressed as “Utkal Gourav”. He was deeply moved and shocked to see the discrimination, …

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Makers of Modern Odisha: Fakir Mohan Senapati

Born on January 14, 1843, at Mallikashpur in Balasore. Father, Laxman Charan Senapati and mother Tulsi Devi. He played a leading role in establishing the distinct identity of Oriya language and literature. Fakirmohan Senapati is regarded as the father of Oriya nationalism and the modern Oriya literature. He dedicated his life for the progress of …

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Mariners of Ancient Odisha used monsoon for their seafaring much before the world know about monsoon

Mariners of ancient Odisha were aware of monsoon winds and used them for timing their seafaring much before the discovery of the season and its behaviour by Greek navigator Hippalus between 45-47 AD. Since more than 2000 years ago, traders of Odisha used to set sail to the Southeast Asian countries during the northeast monsoon …

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