I am a big fan of ancient architecture and historic places. Along with my husband I have visited many places in State of Orissa, India. Today I'd like to show you few places of historical value. These places are famous for their temples and their architecture.
The first image on today's post is Puri: Land of Lord Jaganath. Built during the eleventh century, the Jagannatha temple is a holy place for the followers of Hinduism. The Jaganath Rath Yatra chariot festival is celebrated every year during the month of July.
Lord Jaganath Temple, Puri
Konark: a small town located 50 to 60 km from Bhubaneswar ,Orissa, India. The fame to this town comes from the iconic Sun Temple. A monumental architecture built in the thirteenth century, the Sun Temple of Konark is a cultural symbol for Orissa. Built out of black granite, the temple is shaped as a chariot with twelve pair of wheels. The temple is of large proportions and each part of this temple has been decorated with sculpted figures.
Sun Temple of Konark (Black Pagoda)
Two of the twelve pairs of wheels of the Chariot Sun God Temple.
Sculpture of an Elephant at the temple
Konark is also famous for the Annual Indian Classical Dance Festival. I had the fortune to visit this dance festival once.All the Indian Classical dances are performed here.
Famous Indian Classical dance Oddissi being performed during the festival
Oddissi dance performers
Sea shore near Konark
One more beautiful place from Orissa: Chilka lake
Ckilka Lake is a lagoon loacted near Bhubaneshwar, Orissa .It is located on the coast of Bay of Bengal. It is a winter shelter for migratory birds from different parts of the world. Chilka Lake is home to many exotic birds. The place is so noisy with the population of the birds that it easily overwhelm the tourist. I was lucky to photograph some Siberian cranes. Here are some of my photographs:
Visitors from Siberia
Visitors enjoying at the bright sunlight at the Chilka Lake
On the way to join the Party.
Birds at the party
Lake Boat to view dolphins
My next post is about Beautiful places in Bhubaneswar and a local delicasy: Ras Malai desert.
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