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been num­bered for to avoid con­fu­sion in nomen­cla­ture.

The his­tory of Bhubaneswar stretches back over 2000 years. The area first ap­pears as the an­cient cap­i­tal of Kalinga. Bhubanesh­war, the ‘city of tem­ples’, named af­ter Trib­hu­vaneswar, 'Lord of Three Worlds', still pre­serves over 500 of In­dia's finest tem­ples, around which the re­li­gious life of the city re­volves. Mytho­log­i­cal ref­er­ences and the epi­graphic sources de­scribe the area as Ekamra Kshetra and Saiva Pitha. In 1936, Odisha (Orissa) be­came a sep­a­rate prov­ince with Cut­tack as its Cap­i­tal, which was even­tu­ally changed to Bhubaneswar in 1956. To­gether with Puri and Konark, Bhubaneswar forms the 'golden tri­an­gle'- one of the most vis­ited des­ti­na­tions in East In­dia, for its proud pos­ses­sion of mag­nif­i­cent sculp­ture and ma­jes­tic ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage.

Tourism in Odisha is one of the main con­trib­u­tors to the econ­omy of Odisha, with a 500 km long coast­line, tow­er­ing moun­tains, serene lakes and frol­ick­ing rivers. Odisha is one of the ma­jor tourism sec­tors of In­dia, with var­i­ous tourist at­trac­tions, rang­ing from wildlife re­serves, beaches, tem­ples, mon­u­ments, arts and fes­ti­vals. Other than wildlife re­serves, beaches, tem­ples, mon­u­ments, arts and fes­ti­vals, the Odisha Tourism De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, a Pub­lic Sec­tor Un­der­tak­ing of Gov­ern­ment of Odisha, is also de­vel­op­ing tourism sec­tor of Odisha and In­dia.

Rath Ya­tra, Puri

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