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Odisha celebrates 84th foundation day

Odisha celebrates 84th foundation day

Odisha Day also referred as Utkal Diwas and Utkal Dibasa is celebrated on 1 April every year marking the formation of the state as a separate state out of Bihar and Odisha province on 1 April 1936. It was the first state to be formed on linguistic basis.

Odisha is a state of archaeological importance consisting of various temples, caves, rock edicts and forts. It is located on the east coast of India, by the Bay of Bengal and is the ninth largest state by area.

Key Points:

  • The first Odia National Conference held at Cuttack on 30-31 December led to the formation of Utkala Sammilani, a social and cultural organization, under the leadership of Madhusudan Das which played a crucial role in the creation of a separate province of Odisha.
  • The newly formed Odisha consisted of 6 districts- Cuttack, Puri, Baleswar, Sambalpur, Koraput and Ganjam(present -30 districts) with its capital at Cuttack(now the capital is Bhubaneswar).
  • John Austin Hubback became the first Governor of the newly formed Odisha Province.
  • Odisha Day is celebrated on 1 April every year with great pomp and shows including decorated shops, beautiful jhankis, fireworks competition, fireworks displays and cultural programs like a sing-song program.
  • Puri, Konark and Bhubaneswar form the Golden triangle of eastern India in Odisha.
  • Odisha state is home to the Hirakud Dam, near Sambalpur the longest earthen dam in the world.
  • There are places in Odisha which are of archaeological importance like the Ashoka Rock Edict, the Konark Sun Temple, the Jagannath Temple of Puri, Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves Dhaulagiri of Bhubaneshwar, the Barabati Fort of Cuttack, etc.

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