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The marvels of the konark (Sun temple), the sanctum
sanctorum at Puri,the aquatic habitat at Chilka and the art of Oddisi
all these togather speak about the exemplary socio-cultural tradition of Orissa.
Orissa excells in rural craftsmanship.the artists
herein carve traditional stone and wood sculptures, etch palm leaves
with intricate sacred designs, paint elaborate canvases with scenes from
the ancient Indian epics with great dexterity. The value of Sambalpuri
sari is of great importance in national as well as international markets
owing to its high quality fabrics and designs.
The god fearing
people of the state celebrate numerous festivals with joy and ecstasy.
The most important festivals of the state are: Makar Sankranti, Maha
Shivaratri, Chaitra Parba, Ratha Yatra, Durga Puja, Laxmi Puja, Raja
Parba, Muhharam, Id, Christmas and fairs like Bali Yatra, Dhanu Yatra
and Konark Festival etc. Above all it is the warmth and hospitality of
the Oriya people that makes Orissa one of the ideal states of India.