Stone Icon Carving of Odisha

Stone Icon Carving of Odisha


The tradition of stone-carving is very rich in Odisha. The craftspersons of the Kalinga School have built masterpieces like the Sun Temple, Konark, and the temples at Bhuvaneshwar. Puri is an important centre for stone-carving. Soap stone, red sand stone, and granite are used for carving. Patharasahi is another important stone-cutting and stone-carving centre. Puri specialises in icons and figures carved in different dance poses. A variety of household products are made from sand stone while granite is used to make images modelled on temple figures. Cooking utensils are usually made in sand stone. They are often made on a machine but finished by hand.

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