Carving - An Eloquent Odia Art form
One is bound to get enraptured by a craftsman delicately chiseling a piece of stone to create a lively image. Beautiful life size statues of gods and goddesses, smaller replicas of temples, konark wheel etc carved from soap stone, kochila, sand stone and serpentine stone reflect the grandeur of a rich heritage. Utility items like flower vase, lamp base and stonewares of daily use are also made with equal skill. In places like Puri, Konark, Bhubaneswar, Lalitgiri and Khiching, the descendants of the great builders of the gigantic temples of Odisha are still busy in this craft.