History of Orissa
In a way the history of Orissa that spans over 3500 years is entirely different from that of the Indian History as most of the common generalizations that can be ascribed to the history of other Indian states do not apply to Orissa. Home to the Odra, Kalinga and Utkal tribes, the state remained beyond the fold of Brahmanical influence till most part of the 8the century A.D. The same has been corroborated by writings of many Vedic chroniclers. In the 6the century B.C. Vedic Sutrakar Baudhyana mentions that it was the tribal custom and traditions that ruled the roost in this part of the world.
Apart from such isolated references in ancient texts, not much is known about the history of the state.A browse through the history of the state thus makes an interesting study. Please click through the links below to know more about Orissa History.