Odisha facts for kids
|State of India|
Jagannath Temple, Puri
A map showing us where the location of Orissa is in the Republic of India
Map of Orissa
|• Total||155,820 km2 (60,160 sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+05:30)|
|Official languages||Oriya · English|
Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, is a state on the east coast of the Republic of India, with an area of 60,162 square miles (155,820 km2), and 30 boroughs. The official languages of Odisha are Oriya, Hindi and English. It is about the same size as Bangladesh. In traditional Indian geography it falls under the East Indian zone. Odisha is the ninth largest Indian State and the eleventh most populous. Popular tourist destinations include Puri, Bhubaneswar and Konark (UNESCO World Heritage Listed). Other major cities are Cuttack, Sambalpur, Berhampur, Dhenkanal and Raurkela. Biju Patnaik International Airport (BBI) is Odisha's only airport. The current Chief Minister is Naveen Patnaik. Nearby states are West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkand. Odisha has successfully hosted several sports events as Asian Junior Women's Rugby Tournament, the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship, Men's Hockey World League and also 2014 Hockey Champions Trophy. It has identified sports as a sector to attract investments for and has also hosted the Men's Hockey World Cup in 2018.
State Song: Bande Utkala Janani
Provincial symbols of Odisha
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