Odra was a country located in the northern Orissa. This kingdom was mentioned in the epic Mahabharata. Odras were neighbours to the Vangas. It is believed that the language Oriya and the state Orissa got their names derived from the name Odra.

Reference in Mahabharata

Only a single reference of Odra is found in Mahabharata. The Odras were mentioned along with the Vangas, Angas and Paundras as bringing tribute for Yudhisthira for his Rajasuya sacrifice (3,51).

There is a mysterious mention of the name Udrakeralas in Mahabharata. It is not known if the word Udra in the composit word Udra-Keralas has any relations with Odra.

See also

  1. Kingdoms of Ancient India
  2. Odra
  3. Orissa
  4. Oriya

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Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 13 Jan 2010 11:22 and updated at 06 Jun 2010 09:51

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