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Odisha is the home for ancient antiquity, the great Mahabharata and Maha Govinda Sutta and many Puranas were found here. This place gave much evidence of Ancient Indian culture and ancient Indian architecture. The ancient Name of Odisha is ‘Kalinga’ there is the story behind this name. An ancient Indian King named Bali had no sons so, he requested a sage to bless him with children. After that, his wife Sudesna gave birth to five sons and he named them as Anga, Vanga, Kalinga Sumha, and Pundra. Later, they formed separate kingdoms and their kingdoms were named after them.   

Recently, a team of archaeologists discovered some ancient Idols near an ancient temple at Laudauki village, near Satasankha, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.  The team conducted a survey in Ratnachira valley, near Gateshwar temple in that village.

A Brass mask of Lord Shiva Idol was also found. This village is very near to the Pipli village. “Officials too forgot about the recovered images and they have since then been lying buried in the garbage heap for the last two decades, A survey of the entire 60km long Ratnachira valley should be undertaken and the monuments documented,” Said the leader of the team Mr. Anil Dhir. They also found Mahisasishmardini idol, Karthikeya idol, and Ganesha idol also. The next time when you hear that the Mauryan Empire conquered Kalinga, it doesn’t mean the Kalingas were enemies to the nation, but they actually preserve ancient knowledge which has been under attack in those conflicts.

-Viswanath Venkat Dasari.

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