The ancient Utkal was enriched by its cultural glory and rich traditions. It was evident in various literature and inscriptions. Even the foreign invaders treated Odisha with respect and showered praise on the state and its people.
In 1580 AD, Emperor Akbar had sent his Prime Minister Sawai Jai Singh to invade Utkal. But, after witnessing Odisha’s scenic beauty, its heritage, temples, Brahmins and self-reliant people, Jai Singh dropped the plan and returned to Agra by allowing the local rules to rule.
Upon his return, he told Akbar, “Utkal is a land of Gods (Deva Bhumi). It’s full of temples and pilgrimage places. Such a holy land should not be invaded by humans”. Although nobody discusses these things now, we can definitely recall our past glory to feel proud of our state and its rich culture and heritage. Vande Utkal Janani!