Mayurbhanj: the land of art and culture
Sadness is that our National media can make debate on “Rashode me kaun thha?” But can’t cover news like this. well When humans cannot clear up their handmade mess, Mother Nature steps in. let’s see we gonna cover it.
“When HERITAGE and DESIGN comes Together, MAYURBHANJ is there!”
In the backdrop of Rofty Similipal forest with gorgeous waterfalls, winding rivers, huge summits and lush green valleys, the district of Mayurbhanj unfolds a vast panorama of nature’s beauty in the north east corner of the state Odisha. Mayurbhanj’s geography is defined by the Similipal National park located in the centre of the district. Covering more than a fourth of district area, these forests surround the Similipal hills, which form the watershed for the district. The Budhabalanga is the main river of Mayurbhanj. wildlife
The name of the district is a combination of “Mayura” which means peacock in Odia and “Bhanja”, the name of the ruling dynasty of the district till 1949. The Bhanja family who ruled “Mayurbhanj State” are closely associated with the district’s history. The state was modernised during the reign of Maharaja Shriram chandra Bhanja Deo in the early 20th century. The railway, health care, primary education, and municipal governance were all introduced in his time. Mayurbhanj was the largest and most populous of all princely states of Odisha and the Maharaja enjoyed a salute of 9 guns.
Culture and heritage:
Culture is deep rooted in the lives of people of Mayurbhanj. The vibrancy and richness of the cultural heritage of the district, undoubtedly, makes Mayurbhanj one of the most noteworthy places in the map of Odisha. “Makara parva” and “Karam Parva” are the two well known festivals of Mayurbhanj district which are celebrated with great pomp and show. In the midst of the surroundings evolved a beautiful yet virile dance form, known as the famous “Chhau” dance. This dance form has gained worldwide fame and recognition. It is noted for its beauty, vigour and marvel of the art. “Jhumar”, the traditional folk song, is inextricably interlinked with Mayurbhanj district. These songs depict the thought of the populace festivities, marriages, other social functions, sorrows and happiness.
Which dance form catch your attention ? when you think about Odisha? It’s Odissi, Right? But there are many other different elgant dance forms from Odisha among which ‘Chhau Dance’ is one of them.
“Ratha Yatra” of Baripada:
Apart from Puri, Lord Jagannath is worshipped as Shri Shri Haribaldev Mahaprabhu at Baripada, which is popularly known as Dwitya Srikshetra (second puri). It was built by Shri Baidyanath Bhanja in 1575 A.D. . The temple stands as a symbol of the religious favour of bhanja rulers of Mayurbhanj.
The handicrafts in the district Mayurbhanj are in a manner acknowledged as an important part of the rich cultural heritage of this region. Handicrafts of Mayurbhanj are available in several forms namely stone carving, stone wares, artistic mats, wooden painted items, lacquered toys, terracotta, sabai_ grass products, Tassar textiles.
Baripada: the heart of Mayurbhanj:
Baripada is the headquarter of the district Mayurbhanj. This town is famous for its Ratha Yatra, considered to be the biggest and oldest after Puri. There are ample of lush valleys, forest land and ancient temples in this region. A weekend trip to this fascinating town is an excellent choice. The major eye-catching monument that brightens up the grace of the town is ” The Mayurbhanj Palace”. This beautiful massive white building depicts an amazing fusion of sincere engineering and intricate architecture and is one of the landmarks of Baripada. Mayurbhanj Palace once served as the royal palace of Maharajas of Mayurbhanj.
Food and cuisine :
If you visit Baripada and haven’t tried “Mansa Mudhi” then your visit will be totally wasted. Baripada is famous for the puffed rice “Mudhi”. People in this region have a special liking for sweet dishes like Rasogolla , pithas and some local cuisine.
From ancient times to now Mayurbhanj has maintained a special position through its unique art, culture, heritage in all our hearts. It’s the magic of Mayurbhanj’s soil and it’s people that they become familiar with everyone and no one feels like an outsider in this region. Being a typical “Mayurbhanjia” is an absolute blessing for every natives of Mayurbhanj. last but not in the list “Be my Mayurbhanj, I will be your Art and Culture”