18th Webinar Series - Dekho Apna Desh

18th Webinar Series – Dekho Apna Desh

18th Webinar Series - Dekho Apna Desh was recently held under the title, ‘Odisha-India’s Best kept secret’ a virtual journey into Odisha.

18th Webinar Series – Dekho Apna Desh

GS Paper I: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

Context: 18th Webinar Series – Dekho Apna Desh was recently held under the title, ‘Odisha-India’s Best kept secret’ a virtual journey into Odisha.

18th Webinar Series - Dekho Apna Desh

The objective of Ministry of Tourism’s webinar series is to create awareness about and promote various tourism destinations of India – including the lesser known destinations and lesser known facets of popular destinations.



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Key Highlights of 18th Webinar Series of Dekho Apna Desh

  • TITLE: ‘Odisha-India’s Best kept secret’
  • Key importance of Odisha was highlighted during the webinar series.
  • These include its ancient civilisation, famous temples with kalinga style of architecture, long coastline endowed with beautiful beaches, arts and handicrafts, culture, popular dance forms such as Odissi, Gotipua, forests.
  • 18th session of the Ministry of Tourism webinar series spoke about Odisha’s indigenous tribes and traditions, Buddhist heritage; Royal Heritage, wilderness; Adventure activities; Coastal breaks and sea fronts; picture perfect camp sites, culture, handicrafts, fair and festivals.


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What you need to know about Odisha?

  • Bordering States: West Bengal and Jharkhand to the north, Chhattisgarh to the west and Andhra Pradesh to the south.
  • Coastline: Odisha has a coastline of 485 kilometres (301 mi) along the Bay of Bengal.
  • It is the 8th largest state by area, and the 11th largest by population.
  • The state has the third largest population of Scheduled Tribes in India. (Madhya Pradesh holds 1st rank among all the States/UTs in terms of Seheduled Tribes (STs) population.)
  • The ancient kingdom of Kalinga, which was invaded by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka (which was again won back from them by king Kharavela) in 261 BCE resulting in the Kalinga War, coincides with the borders of modern-day Odisha.
  • The modern state of Odisha was established on 1 April 1936, as a province in British India, and consisted of Odia-speaking regions.
  • The region is also known as Utkala and is mentioned in India’s national anthem, “Jana Gana Mana”.
  • The economy of Odisha is the 16th-largest state economy in India with Rs 4.16 lakh crore (US$58 billion) in gross domestic product and a per capita GDP of Rs 93,000 (US$1,300).
  • Also, Odisha ranks 23rd among Indian states in human development index.
  • Simlipal National Park is a protected wildlife area and tiger reserve spread over 2,750 km2 of the northern part of Mayurbhanj district of Odisha.
  • The Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district covers 650 km2 in Odisha. The Gahiramatha beach in Bhitarkanika is the world’s largest nesting site for olive ridley sea turtles. The Bhitarkanika sanctuary is also noted for its large population of salt-water crocodiles.
  • Chilika Lake is a brackish water lagoon on the east coast of Odisha with an area of 1,105 km2. It is connected to the Bay of Bengal by a 35-km-long narrow channel and is a part of the Mahanadi delta.
  • The majority (over 94%) of people in the state of Odisha are Hindu and there is also a rich cultural heritage in the state.
    • Christians in Odisha account for about 2.8% of the population while Odia Muslims account for 2.2% as per census figures of 2001.
    • The Sikh, Buddhist and Jain communities together account for 0.1% of the population
  • Perhaps the oldest scripture of Odisha is the Madala Panji from the Puri Temple believed from 1042 AD.
  • Odia is the official language of Odisha and is spoken by 82.7% of the population according to the 2011 census of India.
  • Odisha stands as one of the major producers of Chromite, nickel, Iron, Manganese, Tin, Graphite, Bauxite, and Lead in India.


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