• Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Formation: April 1, 1936
  • Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik ( 2024 )
  • Governor: Raghubar Das ( 2024 )
  • Area: 155,707 square kilometers
  • Population: Over 4.6 crores (as per the last census in 2011)
  • Density: Approximately 269 persons per square kilometer
  • Official Language: Odia
  • Major Rivers: Mahanadi, Brahmani, Subarnarekha, and others
  • Highest Point: Deomali – 1,672 meters
  • Official Animal: Sambar Deer
  • Official Bird: Indian Roller
  • Official Tree: Indian Fig Tree (Ficus bengalensis)
  • Odisha Legislative Assembly: The state has a unicameral legislature with 147 seats.
  • Jagannath Temple: Located in Puri, it is one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites and a major Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath.
  • Konark Sun Temple: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its architectural grandeur and representation of the Sun God’s chariot.
  • Biju Patnaik International Airport: The primary international airport serving Bhubaneswar and the surrounding areas.
  • Simlipal National Park: A biodiversity hotspot and tiger reserve, known for its lush forests and diverse wildlife.
  • Lingaraja Temple: A prominent Hindu temple in Bhubaneswar, dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the oldest temples in the city.
  • Chilika Lake: The largest coastal lagoon in India and a significant Ramsar Wetland site, hosting a variety of migratory birds.
  • Odisha Maritime Museum: Located in Cuttack, it showcases the maritime history and traditions of Odisha.
  • Dhauli Shanti Stupa: A peace pagoda built near Bhubaneswar, commemorating the Kalinga War and Emperor Ashoka’s conversion to Buddhism.
  • Odisha State Museum: Located in Bhubaneswar, it houses a rich collection of archaeological artifacts and traditional art forms.
  • Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves: Ancient rock-cut caves near Bhubaneswar, representing Jain monastic life and art.
  • Hirakud Dam: One of the longest dams in the world, built across the Mahanadi River for irrigation and hydroelectric power generation.
  • Bhitarkanika National Park: Known for its mangrove forests, it is a sanctuary for estuarine crocodiles and diverse bird species.
  • Raghurajpur: A heritage crafts village known for its Pattachitra paintings, palm leaf engravings, and traditional arts.
  • Paradeep Port: A major seaport on the Bay of Bengal, contributing to Odisha’s trade and commerce.
  • Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT): A prominent educational institution in Bhubaneswar.
  • Dhenkanal Palace: A historic palace in Dhenkanal, reflecting the architectural and cultural heritage of the region.
  • Mayurbhanj Chhau: A traditional dance form of Mayurbhanj district, recognized for its unique masked performances.
  • Pipili Applique Work: Renowned for its intricate applique work on textiles, particularly seen in the form of colorful canopies.
  • Jaleswar: A town known for its historic Jaleswar Temple and the annual Jaleswar Temple Car Festival.
  • Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA): Promotes renewable energy initiatives and sustainable development.
  • Jeypore: Known for its tribal culture, vibrant markets, and the Jagannath Temple.
  • Ravenshaw University: One of the oldest universities in India, located in Cuttack, with a rich academic legacy.
  • Tribal Heritage Museum, Koraput: Showcases the culture, art, and lifestyle of the tribal communities in Odisha.
  • Chandipur Beach: Known for its unique phenomenon of the sea receding up to 5 kilometers during low tide.
  • Ansupa Lake: A freshwater lake near Cuttack, known for its scenic beauty and birdwatching opportunities.
  • Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC): Provides bus transportation services across the state.
  • Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary: Located near Bhubaneswar, it is home to various wildlife species.
  • Gopalpur Beach: A popular beach destination, known for its serene atmosphere and water sports.
  • Kala Bhoomi, Bhubaneswar: A crafts museum celebrating the traditional art and crafts of Odisha.
  • Sambalpuri Sarees: Known for their intricate ikat patterns, Sambalpuri sarees are a popular traditional textile of Odisha.
  • Rourkela Steel Plant: One of the largest steel manufacturing plants in India, contributing significantly to the economy.
  • Balimela Dam: Built on the Sileru River, it is a major hydroelectric project in Malkangiri district.
  • Khandagiri Udayagiri Jain Caves: Historic rock-cut caves near Bhubaneswar, representing Jain architecture and art.
  • Biraja Temple: A historic temple dedicated to Goddess Biraja in Jajpur, known for its religious significance.
  • Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA): Works towards disaster preparedness and management in the state.
  • Khiching: A historical site known for its ancient temples, including the Khiching Temple and the Madhukeswar Temple.
  • Bargarh Dhanu Jatra: One of the largest open-air theatrical festivals, recreating the life and times of Lord Krishna, held annually in Bargarh.

  1. Raghunath Temple, Lepakshi: Located in Koraput, it is known for its unique architecture and carvings, resembling the Lepakshi Temple in Andhra Pradesh.

  2. Daringbadi: Often referred to as the “Kashmir of Odisha,” it is a hill station known for its cool climate and coffee plantations.

  3. Odia Cuisine: Famous for its distinctive flavors, Odia cuisine includes dishes like Dalma, Pakhala, Chhena Poda, and the famous Rasagola.

  4. Hemu Kalani: A freedom fighter from Odisha, he played a significant role in the Indian independence movement.

  5. Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL): A subsidiary of Coal India Limited, it plays a crucial role in coal production in the state.

  6. Puri Rath Yatra: An annual chariot festival in Puri dedicated to Lord Jagannath, attracting millions of devotees from around the world.

  7. Biju Yuva Vahini: A youth-centric program aimed at empowering and engaging young people in various developmental activities.

  8. Pattachitra Art: A traditional art form of Odisha, Pattachitra involves intricate painting on cloth, depicting mythological themes.

  9. Lantern Festival, Koraput: Celebrated during Diwali, this festival involves the release of thousands of colorful lanterns into the night sky.

  10. Dutee Chand: A renowned sprinter from Odisha, she has represented India in international athletics events, including the Olympics.

  11. Koraput Coffee: The Koraput region is known for its unique Arabica coffee, cultivated in the scenic hills of the Eastern Ghats.

  12. Gahirmatha Beach: Famous for being a mass nesting site for Olive Ridley sea turtles, contributing to conservation efforts.

  13. Bhitarkanika Mangroves: One of the largest mangrove ecosystems in India, providing a habitat for diverse flora and fauna.

  14. Odissi Dance: A classical dance form originating from Odisha, known for its graceful movements and intricate expressions.

  15. Sonepur Cattle Fair: One of Asia’s largest cattle fairs, held in Sonepur, attracting traders and visitors from across the country.

  16. Akshaya Tritiya: A festival celebrated at the Konark Sun Temple, where the sun’s rays pass through the temple’s entrance.

  17. Mayurbhanj Chhau Dance: A traditional martial dance form performed with masks, showcasing the cultural heritage of Mayurbhanj.

  18. Balasore Rocket Launching Station: The site of India’s first rocket launch, conducted in 1963.

  19. Taratarini Temple: Situated on the Kumari hills, the temple is dedicated to the twin goddesses Tara and Tarini.

  • Odiya Cinema: Known as Ollywood, the Odia film industry has contributed to regional cinema with a distinct identity.

    1. Champak Dwadasi: An annual ritual where thousands of Neem leaves are offered at the Jagannath Temple in Puri.

    2. Kalahandi Folk Dance: Represents the vibrant tribal culture of Kalahandi district, performed during festivals.

    3. Dengibhadi Dance: A traditional dance form of Western Odisha, known for its unique movements and costumes.

    4. Biju Expressway: A major infrastructure project connecting the western and southern parts of Odisha for enhanced connectivity.

    5. Rasagola Dibasa: Celebrated to commemorate the geographical indication (GI) tag granted to the Odisha Rasagola.

    6. Kandhamal Haldi (Turmeric): Recognized for its unique aroma and medicinal properties, cultivated in the Kandhamal district.

    7. Tribal Festivals: Odisha is home to various tribal communities, each with its unique festivals, dances, and rituals.

    8. Baji Rout: A young martyr during the Quit India Movement in 1942, Baji Rout is remembered for his sacrifice.

    9. Kandhamal: Known for its picturesque landscapes and as a cultural hub with diverse tribal communities.

    10. Konark Dance Festival: An annual dance festival held against the backdrop of the Konark Sun Temple, featuring classical and traditional dance forms.

    11. Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana: A health insurance program aimed at providing quality healthcare services to the people of Odisha.

    12. Puri Beach Carnival: An annual event featuring beach sports, cultural programs, and festivities along the Puri coastline.

    13. Sudarsan Pattnaik: A renowned sand artist from Odisha, known for his intricate sand sculptures that convey social messages.

    14. Odisha State Tribal Museum: Located in Bhubaneswar, it showcases the rich cultural heritage and lifestyles of Odisha’s tribal communities.

    15. Prachi Valley: Known for its archaeological significance, with ancient artifacts and remains found in the region.

    16. Gopalpur Port: A minor port contributing to trade and commerce, located in the town of Gopalpur.

    17. Maa Tarini Temple: A revered shrine dedicated to Goddess Tarini, attracting pilgrims from across the state.

    18. Kalahandi Utsav: An annual cultural festival celebrating the traditional art, craft, and music of Kalahandi.

    19. Odia Language Day: Celebrated on February 27th to promote and honor the Odia language and its literary heritage.