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Starting with the rituals of Jagannath temple in Puri it was regularly performed in Shaivite, Vaishnavite and Sakta temples in Orissa.
An inscription is found where it was engraved that a Devadasi Karpursri’s attachment to Buddhist monastery, where she was performing along with her mother and grandmother.
It is the oldest surviving dance form of India on the basis of archaeological evidences.
century BCE bas-reliefs in the hills of Udaygiri (near Bhubaneshwar) testify to its antiquity.
There are several sculptures of dancers and musicians in Konark Sun Temple and Brahmeswara temple in Bhubaneswar.
In the excavated ruins of the Buddhist Ratnagiri hills in Orissa, dating back to the 6 centuries, several panels and icons of dance are found resembling present-day Odissi dance.
It includes illustrations of the Karanãs mentioned in Nãtya Shãstra.
The illustrated manuscript Shilpaprakãsha deals with Oriya architecture and sculpture as well as the figures of dance.
This shows that there was a great deal of mobility between east and west and many migrations took place.He is also known as Nataraj, the Cosmic Lord of Dance.The Shaivite temples of Bhubaneswar display innumerable sculptures in postures of Odissi.In the Tantric temples, such as the Hirapur Shrine, many of the yoginis especially are depicted in poses reminiscent of present day Odissi.When Orissa became a big centre of worship of Lord Shiva, it is only natural that dance would be used as a form of worship, since Lord Shiva was a master dancer himself.