Ancient Kalinga was a land of valour, no less a King than Chandragupta Maurya had failed to annex it, till Ashoka waged the famous Kalinga War. The bravery of the defeated army of Kalinga & the bloodshed, converted Chanda (war mongering) Ashoka to Dharma (Peace loving) Ashoka.
Ancient & medieval Odisha played a stellar role in propagation of Buddhism in Asian countries like China, SriLanka, Indonesia to name a few.
Odisha has a vibrant Tribal population. With over 62 distinct tribal groups, each one with its own culture and traditions leave an indelible imprint on the cultural canvas of Odisha.