Bhubaneswar – Romance in Stones

Once sages asked Brahma, the creator God: ‘Which is the most excellent place on earth that bestows virtue (dharma), love (kama), wealth (artha) and salvation (mokshya)’. Brahama replied: ‘Bharata, the Indian Subcontinent…in particular, however, Utkala and its four great religious centers, Puri, Konarka, Ekamra and Viraja’.  In describing Ekamra (Bhubaneswar), the holy city of Shiva…

A Journey through Kondh Territory, a Tribe that Once Sacrificed Humans

‘Life is because of the Gods; with their sacrifice they gave us life, which nourishes life’ An Ancient Mesoamerican Belief In 1521 CE, when the Spanish explorer Hemán Cortťs conquered the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan what amazed him was the high intensity of human sacrifices performed in the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan in honour of their…

Dholavira – India’s First Water Tech Park

From Kashi to Maheshwar and Ekamra to Adalaj, one sight that is common to all, is ghats on rivers, tanks or step-wells – all pointing to one idea, India’s spiritual journey through life giving force, water. Ghat refers to a series of steps leading to a water body, either a holy river or a small…

Mishings of Majuli – An Anthropological Journey

Year 2017! Bipin Sivaji Dhane, a young alumnus of IIT Kharagpur visits Majuli and it was love at first sight. Bipin left his lucrative job in cosmopolitan Singapore to start a school in a remote village for the children of Mishing Tribe. A new journey was embarked upon through partnering with local Mishing community leaders…

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle in Bhubaneswar’s Walls – A Visual Treat

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle are the smallest and most abundant among all sea turtles found in the tropical world. They are found mostly in warm and tropical water, primarily in the Pacific and Indian Ocean. Growing to about 2 feet in length and weighing around 35 kilos, Olive Ridley Turtle are best known for their…

Unfinished Monoliths of Mahabalipuam – An Architectural Journey

An obsolete touristy village today, on the shore of Bay of Bengal, 60 km south of Chennai, Mahabalipuram in 7th century CE, however was a flourishing city bustling with activities of sailors who came from far and near to load and unload their cargoes. Today all that is lost except the drifting sands and the…

Charu Maa – The Face of Durga Maa

Our story starts in 7th century CE Bhubaneswar! It was the time in Indian history when personification of ideas came to be institutionalized.  One such idea was Natraraj, the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva, which you find profusely in temple walls of Bhubaneswar. Why Nataraj – for me the answer could be the metaphoric representation…

Terracotta Artist Manbodh Rana – An Inspiring Story

Long time ago! The art of cooking had not been invented. Everyone was surviving on raw food. There used to be problem of digestion. Many fell sick. Once everyone assembled at a central place and decided to have an audience with Lord Vishnu, the protector of the universe.   At Vaikuntha Puri, the abode of…

Sahana Beach and Devi Mouth – Odisha’s Best Kept Secret

From time immemorial living on sea coast has been a major attraction for humans across cultures. It is true that sea with its pristine beauty can often turn ugly (tsunami and cyclone) and take lives of both people and animals that have deep attachment to it in no time.  But when it is calm it…