The Sambar was very useful to the royalty and the hoi-polloi alike. Sambar antlers were used to adorn the walls of the palaces. It was believed that using the skin of Sambar for the recitation of mythology was beneficial. Nowadays, as a state animal, it is protected in the multitude of sanctuaries which dot the landscape of Orissa.
The state bird of Orissa is the Blue Jay. Its striking azure color makes it very sought after by tourists, especially the bird watchers. They are hardily built, characterized by a large head, a light blue abdomen, which gives it the name and a blunt, square tail. It has pale and dark blue bands in its wings which shimmer during flight.
The state flower is the 'Ashoka' flower and the state tree is the imposing 'Ashwatha' tree. Both of them have significant roles in the Indian and Oriya mythology.
Last Updated on : 2 July 2013