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The battlefield that witnessed the great Kalinga War... It was fought around 262 – 261 BCE between the Mauryan Empire under Samrat Ashoka and the state of Kalinga, an independent feudal kingdom located on the east coast, in the present day state of Odisha, north of Andhra Pradesh... The Kalinga War was one of the largest and bloodiest battles in Indian history... Despite an unexpectedly fierce resistance from the Kalingans, the Mauryan Empire claimed victory and annexed the state of Kalinga... Kalinga did not have a king as it was culturally run without any...
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The Kalinga War

Date :- 262 – 261 BCE
Location :- Kalinga, Odisha, India
Result :- A decisive Mauryan victory
Territorial changes :- Kalinga annexed by the Maurya dynasty
Belligerents :- Mauryan Empire | Kalinga
Commanders/Leaders :- Samrat Ashoka(Maurya dynasty) | Karaveludu(Kalinga)
Strength :- Total 70,700 | 6,000 infantry, 10,000 cavalry, 700 war elephants
Casualties & losses :- 10,000 | 50,000(figures by Samrat Ashoka)(including civilians)
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This is the only major war Samrat Ashoka fought after his accession to the throne... The bloodshed of this war which made the River Daya flowing through the battlefield turn red is said to have prompted Samrat Ashoka to adopt Buddhism... The aftermath transformed him from "Chandashoka" to "Dharmashoka"...
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Built by the rulers of Somavamsi dynasty, the Rajarani Temple is an 11th-century Hindu temple located in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, India... The temple is believed to have been known originally as "Indreswara"... It is locally known as a "love temple" because of the erotic carvings of women and couples on the temple... Rajarani Temple is built in the Kalingan "Pancharatha" style of architecture on a raised platform with two structures - a central shrine called the "Vimana"(sanctum) with a "Bada"(curvilinear spire) over its roof rising to a height of 18 metres(59 feet), and a viewing hall for the people called "Jagamohana" with a pyramidal roof... The temple was constructed of dull red and yellow sandstone locally called "Rajarani"... There are no images inside the sanctum, and hence it is not associated with a specific sect of Hinduism but broadly classified as Shaivite based on the niches...
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Built by the rulers of Somavamsi dynasty, the Rajarani Temple is an 11th-century Hindu temple located in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, India... The temple is believed to have been known originally as "Indreswara"... It is locally known as a "love temple" because of the erotic carvings of women and couples on the temple... Rajarani Temple is built in the Kalingan "Pancharatha" style of architecture on a raised platform with two structures - a central shrine called the "Vimana"(sanctum) with a "Bada"(curvilinear spire) over its roof rising to a height of 18 metres(59 feet), and a viewing hall for the people called "Jagamohana" with a pyramidal roof... The temple was constructed of dull red and yellow sandstone locally called "Rajarani"... There are no images inside the sanctum, and hence it is not associated with a specific sect of Hinduism but broadly classified as Shaivite based on the niches...
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A worm's eyeview of the temple...
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Built by the rulers of Somavamsi dynasty, the Rajarani Temple is an 11th-century Hindu temple located in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, India... The temple is believed to have been known originally as "Indreswara"... It is locally known as a "love temple" because of the erotic carvings of women and couples on the temple... Rajarani Temple is built in the Kalingan "Pancharatha" style of architecture on a raised platform with two structures - a central shrine called the "Vimana"(sanctum) with a "Bada"(curvilinear spire) over its roof rising to a height of 18 metres(59 feet), and a viewing hall for the people called "Jagamohana" with a pyramidal roof... The temple was constructed of dull red and yellow sandstone locally called "Rajarani"... There are no images inside the sanctum, and hence it is not associated with a specific sect of Hinduism but broadly classified as Shaivite based on the niches...
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Architectural detailing on the walls of the temple...
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The statue of Yakshi whose head is demolished, rather believed to have been stolen, based on which Satyajit Ray wrote his famous mystery novel titled "Kailashe Kelenkari" featuring the private detective "Feluda"... Later on the book adapted into a crime thriller film based on the same name & plot directed by his son Sandip Ray...
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The Coronation Bridge, also known as the Sevoke Bridge in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India, spans across the Teesta River, connecting the districts of Darjeeling & Jalpaiguri... National Highway 31 runs across it... It was named to commemorate the coronation of King George VI & Queen Elizabeth in 1937 & was completed in 1941 at a cost of Rs. 4 lakhs only... The foundation stone of the bridge was laid by John Anderson, the then Governor of Bengal in 1937... Locals call the bridge "Baghpool", meaning Tiger Bridge, because of the two Lion statues("Bagh" actually means Tiger) at one entrance of the bridge... John Chambers, the last British executive engineer of the Darjeeling division Public Works Department(PWD), carried out the design, drawing & planning of the bridge... Messrs J.C. Gammon from Bombay was the contractor... The bridge was built on the reinforced concrete system... Since it was not possible to obtain support from the Teesta river bed due to the depth & current of water, the entire bridge was supported by a fixed arch, which had its two ends fixed on rock layers on either side of the river...
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The Buddha Park of Ravangla, Sikkim, India, also known as Tathagata Tsal, was constructed between 2006 & 2013 and features a 130 feet high statue of Lord Buddha as its centrepiece... The site was chosen within the larger religious complex of the Rabong Gompa, itself a centuries old place of pilgrimage...
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