It was on April 13, 1948, when the first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had laid the foundation stone for Bhubaneswar as the capital city of Odisha. Renowned German architect and urban planner Otto Koenigsberger prepared the city’s first master plan back in 1948 for a population of 40,000. Since then, Bhubaneswar has remained a distinguished model of modern town planning and modern architecture in India. The Temple City is celebrating its 73rd Foundation Day today.
To trace to the city’s earliest origins, it was once home to the Chedi Kingdom. After which it was conquered by the Mauryan Empire where it became the backdrop for the famous Kalinga War. However, the Mighty Chedi ruler Kharavela recaptured the throne and restored the city to its former glory. It was during this course of time, the region was annexed by Mughal and Maratha rulers. Eventually, in modern times, it was restored as a part of the Bengal Presidency.
The city withstood the test of time and now stands as a witness that narrates the tales of history. However, Bhubaneswar, which was named after Bhubaneswari, the presiding Goddess at Lord Lingaraj Temple, is not about the past. The city has embraced the future as well. In a unique blend of tradition and modernity, Odisha’s capital city stayed true to itself in essence but never shied away from changes. This can also be a reason why the city keeps working towards becoming a better place for its residents and those who pay a visit. In the Smart City proposal, Bhubaneswar stood number one among the best cities of India. After hosting major sports tournaments, it is also now dubbed as the sports capital of India.
Happy 73rd foundation day to the city that I call home. Stay young & beautiful, always. 😊 pic.twitter.com/FeaGVbpvpI
— ❤️ PREETY ❤️ (@kajal_preety) April 13, 2021
The city isn’t just geography but serves as a lesson to individuals. While exuding its own art, beliefs, and traditions, it doesn’t forget to match steps with fast pacing time, but at its own conditions. As Bhubaneswar turns 73rd today, don’t forget to give your ode to the city we love, the place we call home.