"No war in the history of India is as important either for its intensity or for its results as the Kalinga war of Ashoka. No wars in the annals of the human history has changed the heart of the victor from one of wanton cruelty to that of an exemplary piety as this one." These excerpts from 'Military history of Orissa' resonate in the portals of history, from two millenniums before.
Hidden from the treasured pages of history for a long time, the state of Orissa later resurfaced before our eyes as a poor and illiterate state, the state that shied away, both from the elite club of colonial trade hubs and the modern post-globalisation cities. Orissa, however, was not destined to play second fiddle to other states which were vanguards of development, that took quantum leaps to incarnate themselves as the most modern metropolises of India. Unlike in the early 90's, a visit to the state now proclaims to us that the Kalinga state is no more willing to be poor and backward, and its people are enthusiastic more than ever to find a niche in the bandwagon of emerging cities of India. Orissa, renamed as Odisha, is emerging with good highways,public transport and educational institutions and it even successfully hosted the Hockey World Cup 2018.
So. here we go...to explore the parts of Utkala Kingdom(yeah, the same 'Utkala' we recite in our national anthem)... rather the Odisha!