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Bhubaneswar
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At Bhubaneswar,the day breaks with the tolling of temple bells declaring the advent of the Sun God. The every day business progresses with religious fervour. The whole life of the city revolves around & lives for its temples, & vice versa. Against this backdrop stand Bhubaneswar, the capital city of the state of Orissa.King Ashoka embraced Buddhism & non-violence in this city. A vertex of the temple triangle of Orissa, Bhubaneswar is well connected with direct air, road, & rail connection with other cities of India. Bhubaneswar, the name originates from the Sanskrit word Tribhuvaneswara, of the name for Lord Shiva. The area in antiquity constituted the famed kingdom of Kalinga, conquered after a bloody battle by Ashoka. It was after this battle that Ashoka renounced violence & embraced Buddhism. By 1st century BC, under the ruler of Kharavela dynasty, it regained its lost glory & became the centre of activities. The monastery caves, built under their patronage, included Khandagiri & Udaygiri caves as well. Most of the kings of Orissa constructed stunning temples. Bhubaneswar also came under the influence of Afghans, Marathas, & the British (till 1947).

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