Stunning Stone Sculptures of Odisha!

Odisha is the land of stunning stone sculptures. Stone craftsmen here have carved awesome sculptures since time immemorial. This is seen in the glorious Kalingan architecture of our temples, superb Buddhist heritage sites and also as individual sculptures which are revered around the world.

The famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Konark Sun Temple is called ‘Poetry in Stone’. No doubt.

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Konark Sun Temple – the Black Pagoda!

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Magnificent Konark Sun Temple is also the backdrop of the famous Konark Dance Festival, held from Dec 1st-5th each year!

Various temples in Bhubaneswar and across Odisha boast of beautiful stone work.

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Stunning Mukteswar Temple in Bhubaneswar. Famous for its ornate sculptured gateway. It also serves as backdrop of glorious Mukteswar Dance Festival in Bhubaneswar each year from 14-16 January

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Brilliant Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar

Even Odisha’s centuries old Buddhist heritage sites of Lalitgiri, Udaygiri, Puspagiri, Ratnagiri, Langudi and lots more have stunning stone sculpture.

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At picturesque, peaceful Buddhist site of Udayagiri, about 100 km from Bhubaneswar are stone sculptures of Buddha made since centuries

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Ornate stone carvings at Udayagiri

More sculptures are being excavated everyday- proof of the fact that Kalinga or Odisha has been a thriving Buddhist centre from which Buddhism spread far and wide thanks to her brave sailors, kings and people. Even Chandasoka – the evil Asoka, transformed into Dharmasoka or Asoka the Great after the Kalinga War and was the biggest proponent of Buddhism after that.

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Emperor Asoka surrenders to the Buddhist monks…symbolic of him embracing Buddhism after Kalinga War. At his back you can see people lying dead. This is a photo taken at Toshali Hotel, Ratnagiri, another stunning Buddhist site of Odisha.

In heart of Bhubaneswar, at Master Canteen, one can see the famous Konark Horse.

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Stunning Konark Horse Stone Sculpture at Master Canteen Square, Bhubaneswar

Same is also in Odisha government logo!

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Awesomeness personified are our stone craftsmen, working with such detailing and producing masterpieces.

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Odisha craftsman embellishing a stone craft carefully

On the way from Bhubaneswar to Puri, one can see thousands of sculpture making units with awesome stone sculptures. Unbelievable sight they present. Our Director tweeted thus:

Even in our office, our brand name fascia has the Konark Wheel symbol in it, depicting the timeless stone sculpture heritage of Odisha along with the symbolism associated with it- progress and prosperity.

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Utkalamrita Fascia in our office. Konark Wheel on the left side is a symbol of success, prosperity and progress. It is a timeless masterpiece of stone.

Do get in touch with us at sabatexports@gmail.com if you want any custom-made stone sculptures!

**Linking to ABC Wednesday Letter ‘S’ (Stunning, Stone, sculpture, success, symbolism, symbol, sailors, sites)

and to Wordless Wednesday #108