Odisha is hailed as a beautiful state for its rich culture and glorious history. Odisha was announced as an official state on April 1, 1936. Since then the Odisha day is celebrated to mark the sacrifices and contribution made by Odisha people during 1990’s. Odisha day is also known as Utkal Divas. Utkalamani Gopabandu Das, Raja Baikunthanath Dey, Fakir Mohan Senapati, Maharaja Shri Krishna,UtkalaGouraba Madhusudan Das, Maharaja ShriRamachandraBhanjadeo,Bhubanananda Das, Fakir Mohan Senapati,Pandita Nilakantha Das, are just a few of the activists who contributed a lot to helped Odisha to become a linguistic state. Later Odisha was split into 30 districts and 13 provinces. A few centuries back, Odisha was considered as a poor city with poor infrastructure. A lot of people was suffering from lack of food & nutrition. With the contribution of renowned people, Odisha has turned into a beautiful city and blessed with rich culture, greenish place, and rich infrastructure. The modern Odisha consists of 6 districts namely puri, Cuttack, Baleswar, Hubback, Ganjam, and Koraput. Odisha day is celebrated every year on 1 April 1936.
In the ancient time, Odisha was held by Kalinga kingdom where king Ashoka conquered it. Later, Odisha was ruled by Mauryan Kings. After the fall of Kalinga kingdom, many traditional Hindu temples were built at Bhubaneswar, Konark, and puri. During 1950’s, Afghan invaders had visited this state. Following this, Mughals were defeated which led to the separation of Odisha into Marathas & Nawabs of Bengal. Odisha was renamed into Odisha & Oriya by Parliament of India in the year 2010.
During 2nd Carnatic War, British had occupied southern coast of Odisha and incorporated into the Madras Presidency. After that, the British defeated the Marathas who was ruling the Puri-Cuttack region of this state during 2nd Anglo-Maratha War. The British had incorporated both the Western & Northern districts of Odisha into Bengal Presidency. It was during the time when people were suffering from lack of food and water. As a result of Odisha Famine of 1886, more than one million people passed away. After seeing the massive deaths, the British government undertook large-scale irrigation projects. Following this, UtkalSammilani organization was established to demand the fusion of Odisha speaking cities into one state. After the defeat of Last king MukundaDev, Odisha lost its political identity and thus is transformed into a linguistic state on 1 April 1936. Odissa was the center of the various kingdom in the ancient days. It was officially announced as a linguistic state before Independence.
It is celebrated as a state holiday in Odisha. On this special occasion, various events, presentations, parties are organized in the various part of the city. Odisha food festival is celebrated during the Odisha days. some of the traditional Odisha dishes like kakara, genuine and Manda will be the Main attraction in these days. Odisha day is nourished with fun and enjoyment. Every year this special occasion is really enjoyed by a lot of people across the city.