A series of random interesting nuggets from Odisha:\n1. A temple that does not allow non Hindus and foreigners in. So a viewing post has been built outside the compound walls for foreigners may get a glimpse! Had only heard of such a place \u2013 now I\u2019ve seen it.\n\n\n2. A lovely old house on the streets Cuttack.\n\n\n3. A Buddhist Stupa built with collaboration with the Japanese. It is not inside any city \u2013 a detour of several kilometers needs to be taken in order to reach this spot.\u00a0 Too many questions come to my mind: Why ? Why here? Why Japanese? \u2026. The world is full of mysteries. But it is a lovely place \u2013 so the \u2018why\u2019 does not matter.\n\n\n\n\u00a0 \nAnd the photographer\u2019s at Shanti STupa have a complete printing set-up right here on the steps! This happens only in India.\n\n\n\nThe photo printers taking a lunch break\n\nSugar cane after the juice has been squeezed out. The bundle is ready to be picked up and sold to the next level of value extractors. Still good for getting out more sugar, more fiber \u2026 the cycle goes on.\n\nBird\u2019s nest \u2026. on sale as an artefact. \u00a0 \nAnd a few more shaped into toys\n\nA trash can!! Viva creativity!!! Again the question arises \u201cwhy\u201d \u2026. but I have resigned to the fact that the world is full of mysterie sthat i will never be able to solve!\n\nMore toys\n\nLocal folk \u2013 very striking but I did not see enough , so it si probably an import from some other region nearby.\n\n\n\n\nA river\n\nRiverside bathing.. Bathing in a river seems like a complete unattainable luxury in my world \u2026\u2026\u2026. when will I acquire such wealth?!\n\nRiverside laundry. And just what is that large white laundry? The colorful ones are saris.\n\nPainted decorated village homes.\n\nPainted decorated village home with a nesting pot for pigeons. Living with nature\n\n\nCleaning wheat. Been there- done that in my childhood!\n\nCycle rickshaws\n\nBirthplace of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose \u2013 an Indian freedom fighter that every schoolkid learns about.\n\n\nThe JAIL!!!!\n\nA jail ? Needed in Odisha? it is hard to believe that such a sweet community would require a jail!\n\n\nCuttack is bounded on 2 sides by rivers \u2026 the river flats on one side\u00a0 \n\n\n\n\nNot sure why \u2026 but a few dozen pots in a temple compound.\n[Received an email from a reader today who generously explained why in an email and am posting it here: Manaw Modi writes \u201cHere is why \u2013 the temples here \u201csell\u201d prasad of rice, daal, and various odiya dishes and the pots are used as containers for devoted customers. A very green but years old tradition!\u201d]\n\nRangoli \u2013 or decoration at the threshold of the home is a common morning ritual in Indian homes. When the house is cleaned and freshened then the Goddess Laxmi (wealth) might come visiting. It makes complete philosophical sense \u2013 to create enthusiasm about \u2018maintenance\u2019\u00a0 of assets. Other states have the tradition of using powders, rice flour paste and flowers. Here cow dung and flower have been used to create a large circle. An example of naive folk art.\n\nRickshaws at Puri.\n\nA temple in Cuttack\n\n\n\n\n\n\nOdisha \u2026 hidden away in the east coast of India. Not loud. Not attention seeking. But its muted beauty has a flavor of its own that may not have a parallel anywhere else in India.\njm\nJune 2013\nThe post Interesting nuggets about Odisha appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.