Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, is known for its architecture and ancient temples. It is also a Buddhists and Hindu pilgrimage destination. The 10th century Lingaraja temple, dedicated to Shiva, has been described as "the truest fusion of dream and reality." The surface of the 55 meter high Lingaraja temple is covered with carvings. Sculpture and architecture fused elegantly to create a perfect harmony. The best times to visit are between October and March
This city is most renowned for changing the conqueror Asoka to the conquered. The great Kalinga War took place here between Emperor Asoka and Kalinga (the old empire of Odisha). Asoka was overwhelmed at the gory of blood that flowed like a river. Asokan inscriptions still stand testimony for this. Having merged its intriguing past so uniquely with its modern aspirations, it forms an integral link in the Golden Triangle that incorporates the holy city of Puri (Jagannath Temple) and Konark (Sun temple). The twin cave groups of Kandagiri and Udayagiri are evidence of the region's antiquity, dating to the 2nd century BC or the early Jain monastery.
Modern Bhubaneswar is a well planned city with wide roads and many gardens and parks. The plan was made by Otto H. Koenigsberger, a German town planner. Though part of the city has stayed faithful to the plan, it has grown rapidly over the last few decades and has made the planning process unwieldy.
Bhubaneswar Airport is well connected to most of the major cities of India.
- Air India operates daily flights to and from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
- Jet and JetLite (previously Sahara Airlines) operate a direct flight to and from Delhi and 2 flights daily from Kolkata (one in the morning and one in the evening).
- IndiGo Airlines operates daily to Delhi (direct), Mumbai (direct) and Chennai (Via Vizag).
There is a prepaid taxi counter near the exit gate of the airport by Carz on Rent. It costs Rs. 300 to reach the prominent hotels of the city.
Bhubaneswar is the divisional headquarters of East Coast railways. It is situated on the main line from Kolkata to Chennai and is well connected by direct train service to most major Indian cities. For timings and other details check the Indian Railways website. Some major trains connecting Bhubaneswar with:
- Rajdhani Express, Nandankanan Express, Kalinga Utkal Express, Duranto Express, Puri Express and Purushottam Express
- Konark Express and Lokmanya Tilak Express etc.
- Coromandel Express, Chennai Howrah mail etc.
- Dhauli Express, Janasatabdi Express, Coromandel Express, Howrah Puri Express, Shri Jagannath Express, Falaknuma Express, Howrah Chennai Mail, Howrah Yesvantpur Express, EastCoast Express, etc.
- Falaknuma Express, East Coast Express, Konark Express, Visakha Express etc.
- Prashanti Express, Yeshwantpur Howrah Express, Yeshwantpur Guwahati Express(only on Mondays), Guwahati Express (Wed,Thu,Fri), Yeswantpur Bhubaneswar Exp (Tuesdays only)
Bhubaneshwar is situated on the National Highway no.5 that runs between Kolkata and Chennai. It is 480km from Kolkata, 445km from Visakhapatnam, 1,225km from Chennai, 32km from Cuttack, 130km from Chilika Lake (Barkul), 184km from Gopalpur-on-sea, 64km from Konark, 62km from Puri.
From Bhubaneswar after travelling 20km there is a place known as Pipili. This place is famous for patching cloth design locally known as Chandua. From the centre of Pipili market one has to take a left turn to go towards Konark and the straight road goes to Puri.
Getting around in Bhubaneswar does not take much time, due to the perfect town planning and well laid roads. Travel within Bhubaneswar is cheap even by Indian standards.
Bhubaneswar has no suburban train network. Except for a couple of passenger trains to Naraj if you want to visit Nandankanan by train.
Town buses ply throughout the city. These are government-run and extremely cheap. You can buy bus tickets en route. Extreme caution is advised in using these buses as typical of any other Indian city.
State has already launched the DTS city bus service which is Dream Team Sahara city bus service which operates around the city with 15 mins difference. You can ask to any local of the city for guidance. The few routes are Route No 315, 504, 801, 608 etc.
Auto-rickshaw drivers in Bhubaneswar are courteous and helpful. Still, negotiate a rate with the driver beforehand, and make sure that the driver understood your destination. For the budget traveler, Bhubaneswar offers shared autos, where you can make journeys even for ₹5.Jugnu auto is an app-based autorickshaw service for the city.
There are several taxi companies operating in Bhubaneswar as well as app-based taxi services like Ola. They charge by the distance. There is a minimum fare for first few kilometres and for every subsequent kilometre they charge in increments. Cabs are the best choice in case you want to tour the city all day or visit nearby places. Also, generally there is a special price ('tour package') if you can bargain for it. Foreign nationals are advised to carry local currency. Some of the reliable car rental service providers are:
- Savaari.com (Savaari Car Rentals), ☎ 09045450000 ([email protected]), . India's largest inter-city and local cab booking service who have a presence in 98 cities across the country. You can book a cab to or in Bhubaneswar either on their website or through their Call center phone ="09045450000" edit
- Orissa Cabs (orissacabs). Local service provider in Orissa. They support website bookings or can be reached at 9439913316 edit
- Bhubaneswar car rental (bhubaneswarcarrental). Another local service provider in Bhubaneswar. You can make enquiries through their website or call their customer service number edit
- gomusafir.in (LIVE CABS), AIIMS NAGAR, ☎ +91 674 658 8888 ([email protected]), . Inquiry: 24X7. Bhubaneswar Car Rental services on gomusafir.in - a Chauffeur Driven Car Rental service in bhubaneswar. edit
Bhubaneswar is one of three cities that make up three temple towns of Odisha and make the golden temple triangle of Eastern India. Bhubaneswar is a very religious center for Hindus and Buddhists. Bhubaneswar is also known as the temple city and there are many excellent examples of Oriya architecture in the old part of the city.
- Old Town. Almost all the famous temples of Bhubaneswar are located here most of which were constructed in the 11th to 13th century period. Around 400 temples of varying sizes are located here. Be sure to visit Traffic Mahadev, a small temple which acts as a road divider. edit
- Lingaraj Temple. The 10th or 11th-century Lingaraja temple of Bhubaneswar has been described as "the truest fusion of dream and reality". A rare masterpiece, the Lingaraja temple has been rated one of the finest examples of purely Hindu temple in India by Ferguson, the noted art critic and historian. Every inch of the surface of the 55 m-high Lingaraja temple is covered with elaborate carvings. Sculpture and architecture fused elegantly to create a perfect harmony. Non-Hindus are not permitted inside. However there is an elevated viewing platform next to one of the boundary walls. To reach the platform, face the temple's main entrance and walk around to the right. There is a laneway leading to the back of the temple and the platform. edit
- Bindu Sarovara. This large lake near to Lingaraj and Ananta Vasudeva temples keeps a drop (bindu) of every holy river in it. edit
- Khandagiri & Udayagiri, 8km from Bhubaneswar. These twin hills served as the site of an ancient Jain monastery which was carved into cave like chambers in the face of the hill. Dating back to the 2nd century BC, some of the caves have beautiful carvings. The Rani Gumpha (Queen's Cave), one of the largest and double-storied, is ornately embellished with beautiful carvings. In the Hati Gumpha (Elephant Cave), King Kharavela has carved out the chronicles of his reign. edit
- Dhauli Giri, 8km from Bhubaneswar. Looking down on the plains that bore witness to the gruesome war waged on Kalinga by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka, stand the rock edicts of Dhauli. It was here that King Ashoka, full of remorse after the Kalinga War in 261 BC, renounced his blood-thirsty campaign and turned to Buddhism. The edicts are a living testimony to the King's change of heart. He urges his administrators to rule the land with justice and compassion. The edicts are so remarkable that they have been excellently preserved, despite the fact that they date back to the 3rd century BC. A sculpted elephant, the symbol of the boundless powers of Lord Buddha, tops the rock edicts. The Shanti Stupa or the peace pagoda, built through the Indo-Japanese collaboration, is located on the opposite hill. edit
- Mukteshwara Temple. Dating back to 10th century this temple marks an important transition point between the early and the later phases of the Kalinga architecture. The highlight is the magnificent torana - the decorative gateway, an arched masterpiece, reminiscent of Buddhist influence in Odisha. This temple is considered to be the gem of Odishan architecture. The beautiful sculptures eloquently speak of the sense of proportion and perspective of the sculptor and their unique ability in the exact depiction of the minutest objects. Mukteswara means "Lord of freedom". edit
- Rajarani Temple. This temple got its name from a red-gold sandstone used, which is called Rajarani locally. It has no presiding deity but many intricately carved figurines in various stages of daily chores. edit
- Odisha State Museum. Housing a rich collection of sculptures, coins, copper plates, stone inscriptions, lithic and bronze age tools, rare manuscripts written on palm leaves, traditional and folk musical instruments. Rare epigraphic records are preserved in the Epigraphy Gallery. edit
- Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir, ISKCON, on NH5 (ask the autorickshaw drivers, about Rs40 from town). Non-Hindus and foreigners who desire to visit a Hindu temple can go to this temple - the devotees are friendly and there is a cheap and clean vegetarian restaurant.. edit
- Nandankanan Zoo, about 15km outside of Bhubaneswar (large numbers of buses ply from Acharya Vihar Square or by auto-rickshaw). The zoo has some rare species of animals and is particularly well known for white tigers. There is a nice lake inside for boating, a ropeway, also the Botanical Garden is adjacent to the zoo. Avoid visiting the park on weekends when it gets pretty crowded. Open 8 am - 5 pm. Every Monday closed. edit
- Museum of Tribal Art & Artefacts, CRPF Square. The museum gives an impressive insight into the culture of the many different tribals living in and around Odisha. Tools, clothes and artwork is presented over several halls. In every area a guide of the museum will take care of you and give you extensive explanations - you really get to know something about the things you see. Anyway there is no entry fee. edit
- Deras Dam: It is situated near Chandaka Sanctuary, around 20 Kms away from the Bhubaneswar Baramunda Busstand. It is a pristine, quite lake in the midst of the nature.
- Just walk on the streets, particularly the main markets at Unit 1 or Unit 2. You can experience the Oriya flavor from the street hawkers, shopkeepers, their customers, practically everyone. Visit the scores of parks in the city. The planetarium for one is good. The science park refreshes your basics and takes you back to school days. Or go around the rose garden in CRPF square or the recent NICCO park.
- There may be an odd play going on in Rabindra Mandap, opposite the General Post Office. Or a dance program at Soochana Bhavan. This place also had radio news broadcasts (May1998) and a newspaper library. Visit places such as the hall of dance called Natamandira or the bhoga-mandapa, meaning hall of offering. Though these particular places can be found around the temple, the temple itself is off limits to non-Hindus.
- Enjoy the architecture of both ancient temples and the modern buildings in Sachivalaya Road, or just take time and enjoy the architecture of the temples and experience the religious culture.
- Take a short trip to nearby places like the above mentioned the Dhauligiri or the Khandagiri-Udaigiri, those moments will always mingle in you memories.
- Take rest in one of the many small lassi shops and enjoy one of those cool yoghurt drinks. The lassi in Bhubaneswar is one of the best around.
- International Management Institute, Bhubaneshwar (IMIBH) , A premier B-school of India, it is a sister campus of India's first corporate B-school IMI Delhi. It is a relatively new campus,but with the guidance of IMI Delhi,it has already started giving some quality education and placements.
- Utkal University, Vanivihar. The leading university of the state. It had once the distinction of largest university in the world in terms of colleges affiliated to it.
- Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) , One of the premier B-schools of India. With an alumni base extending from New Delhi to New York, XIMB is a global figure in imparting quality management education.
- University Law College, Vani Vihar, Bhubaneswar : One of the oldest and the renowned law college produced leading lawyers and justices in the State of Odisha.
- KIIT (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology) : One of the youngest institutions to be awarded the deemed university status in India and then the university status in 2004 and is recognised by Limca Book of Records. The University offers under-graduate and post-graduate courses in Engineering, Bio-technology, Medicine, Management, Law, Computer application, Rural management, Fashion, Film Studies, Journalism and Sculpturing.
- International Institute of Information & Technology(IIIT), Bhubaneswar, Gothapatna,5 Km from Khandagiri. This is the newly built technical college of the state, affiliated to the Biju Pattnaik University of Technology to impart IT eduction in state and soon going to be autonomous.
- College Of Engineering & Technology, Khandagiri. The most prestigious state-run technical college of the state, affiliated to the Biju Pattnaik University of Technology.
- Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), National Institute of Science Education and Research(NISER), Institute of Mathematics and Applications have recently started taking students and are being expanded. A medical school modeled after AIIMS is also being constructed.
- Institute of Physics (IoP), Bhubaneswar is an autonomous research institution funded jointly by the Department Of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Government of Orissa.The Institute offers a Doctoral programme leading to a Ph.D degree awarded by the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI).
- KISS, Also called India's second santiniketan it is home to nearly 22500 tribal students from tribal belts of eastern India.It is one of its kind in world and a must watch for those visiting to Bhubaneswar.
Bhubaneswar has developed as an information technology hub. Infosys, Satyam, TCS, IBM, Wipro, Mindfire Solutions, Discoverture Solutions and others have their facilities here. Many indigenous players are also in the fray. There are a few private agencies that are cropping up, and now it is also becoming an education hub. Apart from a lot of engineering colleges, some good B-schools are also there. XIM and KSOM are the top two B-schools in Bhubaneswar.
The best bet would however be if you are a government worker, or at least a PSU employee. Mostly, your government quarter would be a 10-minute drive from the office. A 30-minute drive to office is considered a very long distance! These quarters are a blessing: there are enough playground and schools nearby. Both market for vegetables and grocery is literally at the doorstep, compared to other cities. One can both breathe clean, unpolluted air and drink pure, surplus water.
A lot of local handicraft is available. Look out for pipli handicrafts. .
- Silver filigree work.
- Hand woven textiles.
- Paper mache mask they are various styles of them.
- Wooden Icons of Jagannath they are also colourful so get a hand at them.
- Sand stone icons ranging from the price few hundred Rs
- Big Bazar
- The World
- WORLD OF FUNTOYS (TOYSHOP)
- Chhadakhai Restaurant (Chhadakhai Restaurant, Hotel Janpath), 29 - Janpath, Bapujinagar, Bhubaneswar (Near the Rajmahal Square), ☎ +91 - 9337046699, . A whole-sum Odiya food, With a delightful taste & flavour Affordable Price. edit
- Janak Restaurant (Janak Restaurant, Hotel Janpath), 29 - Janpath, Bapujinagar, Bhubaneswar (Near the Rajmahal Square), ☎ +91 - 9337046699 ([email protected]), . A Multi Cuisine Restaurant Affordable Price. edit
- Hare Krishna restaurant, (Near the Railway station.). A Vegetarian restaurant edit
- Dalma, Sachivalaya Marg, Chandrasekharpur (Unit 4 and KIIT Square), . Authentic Oriya cuisine edit
- Xenia (Hotel Sandy's Tower), P-1/A, Jaydev Vihar, Bhubaneswar (In front of Fortune Tower & XIMB), ☎ 0674-6665555, . 24. The ultra-modern ‘very spacious’ multi cuisine restaurant at lobby level that serves, Indian, Tandoor and International cuisines, keeping in mind the panoptic necessity of frequent travelers, either holidaying or for that busy business transits Also serves a “Power Lunch Buffet” from 12.30 PM to 3.00 PM; an “All Day Menu” of quick bites and refreshing quaffs. 450. edit
- Priya Restaurant. A-30/1, Unit-III | Kharbelnagar, Bhubaneswar, India. serves good south indian food at the right prices. dosas, upma and halwa. Good thing is the quality has not deteriorated over times. edit
- Hare Krishna. Janpath, Location - Near Master Canteen Square in Lalchand Jewelers complex, Bhubaneswar, India.Food is prepared without garlic and onions as per the restaurants policy . Still the food is tasty and delicious.(especially mushroom and biryani). The ambiance is soothing and the service is good. edit
- Garam Masala Multi- Cuisine AC Family Restaurant--Chandrasekharpur, Above Pnb Bank,Opp Bpcl Petrol Pump, Bhubaneswar 751017,phone-9937014000 Roasted crab, Pepper Chicken, Lamb Saagwala, popcorn chicken is very good.The customer service is exceptional ,the staff are friendly and take personal care and pay special attention to the needs of the customers.
- Golden Bird-Kalpana Square, Inside Hotel Pushpak, Bhubaneswar 751006-Phone-7735734301 Prawn tikka,mutton rogan josh,Buffet lunch on sunday special, tandoor dishes, Indian, North Indian dishes. Special thing is the waiter kept an eye on water glass -when empty- kept filling it up even before asked for it. This type of service is missing even in some great restaurants.
- Nakli Dhaba-May Fair Lagoon Hotel -8 B, Jaydev Vihar,PHONE-674 6660 101- The name is only Nakli but foods are very tasty and delicious & Expensive. Tandoori Pomfret, Balti Dal, Murg Taka-Tak, Mutton Rogan Josh & Dal Tadka, Jaggery Ice cream.
- Venus Inn Restaurant--217 Bapuji Nagar, Bhubaneswar 751009-Phone-0674-2597738- The south indian specialities. Now the quality has detoriated. Gorged Dosa, Dahi Vada, Rosogulla , idly vada, Butter Milk, Milk Cake,
- Dalma-Branches are at Sachivalaya Marg & Lewis Road & KIIT Sqr Bhubaneswar 751003,Phone- 9337555551 Likes Odia food should visit Dalma. Authentic Odia Food. Average restaurant which easy on pocket.Beware of similar named restaurant are operating around the city. Two types of Rice preparation
PAKHALA BHATA.....Dalma,Vegetable Curry,Salad,Vegetable Fry, Chutney Saagavaja, Mutton (Curry & Kassa), Chicken curry, Fish Curry, Hilsa, Pohala & Mahurali (small fishes found in Odisha and highly popular), Prawns & Shrimps ,Crabs, Rasgolla, Rasabali, Chhena Poda, Chhena Burfi.
- Badal Biryani,Bapuji Nagar- Really tasty biriyani with less oil . 4 types of kabab(hariyali,kasturi, malai, tikka)(Rs 130/- to Rs 150-) are available in a very reasonable price. Ambiance and sitting arrangement are very poor. Take out preferable. Owner is Samarendra Parija (nick name is Badal) who is running this restaurant for 15 years.
- Chappan Bhoga Sweets-Jayadev Vihar - Ekamra Kanana Rd, Jayadev Vihar, Bhubaneswar,-Owner is Bapi, Satyabrata Mohanty, who started this sweet shop in 2003. Here 8 types of rosogolla are available viz tulsi,orange, palag,carrot,mango pulp,pudina etc. Besides many types of vegetarian sweets and snacks are available.
- Ravi Vai vada & ghuguni shop Unit-6, behind MLA Quaters- Ravi vai opened this shop 35 years ago as he left konark. Vada and Bhugni(without oil and masala) really delicious.
- OMC Canteen(Odisha Mining Corporation),located between left side Rabindra mandap and 120 batalion-Ambula rai(mango prepared with mustard and coconut) prepared by Raju Majhi the chef. Food specifically prepared for OMC employee, but they allow public to eat in the canteen with some extra charges.
- Tara Das's Arisa-Rajmoni Foods, HIG 37,Sailashree Bihar, phase 7 -Tara Das prepared 4 types of Arisha pitha, Rice floor and jageery, sesam seed. fried in hot oil.these pitha are export quality.
- Master Canteen restaurant- It was situated beside Lalchand Jewellers, near Bhubaneswar railway station, run by Manjeet Mallik. Do go to this place have some fish,chicken, mutton pokoda, Tandoor items. really fabulous.
- The Hub-situated at infocity, near infosys office- prepare real good mutton rogon josh, sweet chili honey potato, lassi, live tandoor food opened in the night, good Burmese cusine.
- Lebanon Flame- Sachivalaya Marg, Near Relience Fresh, Below of Akash Institute, 11 tala- have some Veg and Non veg shwarma roll, grill chicken best in kind bhubaneswar a must visit. It is a Middle Eastern Food.
- Odisha Hotel-Sahid Nagar, Market Bldg, Near INOX forum. Bhawani Mall. Time- 12.30-4pm.Phone- 9437419279. This is a simple restaurant is the best budget spot to try authentic Odia cuisine, served in huge proportions thali-style on traditional Bell Metal dishware. The menu board is entirely in Odia, so just order veg or non-veg (not always available, depending on the religious calendar) and sit back and await this Hindu Last Supper! If you're lost, call the owner, who speaks some English.
Not a place to really party out. But you can still chill at the following places .
- The Cellar, (Mayfair Hotel). The latest addition to the city's night-life, where you can bowl, booze, and dance to Bollywood numbers from 9 to 11PM. This place is currently attracting crowds. edit
- Desire, , Pal Heights. Good interiors , a perfect place for boozing & to chill out edit
- Mirch Masala ; petrol Pump Chandrashekhar pur, patia
- Rock On, opposite XIMB. Nice place to drink and to spend time with friends. edit
There are a variety of options from as low as 150 to 4000 rupees. One US dollar is equivalent to about 62 Rupees.
- Hotel Janpath (Hotel Janpath), 29 - Janpath, Bapuji Nagar, Bhubaneswar (Near to the Rajmahal Square), ☎ +91 - 9337046699 ([email protected]), . Best Budget Hotel In Bhubaneswar since 1979 Hotel Janpath Rs 500 - 1,200. edit
- City Lodge, 55 Janapath, Ashok Nagar, Bhubaneswar 751009 (From the circle in front of train station, face the station and walk along the road to the right for some 500 metres.), ☎ (0674)2531393, . checkin: 12. The entrance does not look good, just a narrow metal staircase, but the lodge itself is in edit
- Ginger Hotel. Ginger probably gives the best value for money in Bhubaneswar. Book online (but change into a package price during check-in to get breakfast included!). Buffet breakfast and dinner. In-house Coffee-Day and ATM. Wireless may work. Rs 2000. edit
- Hotel Pushpak, Kalpana Square. Looks old but the interiors are very good. The bar is quite comfy. edit
- Hotel Sandy's Tower (Sandy's Tower), P-1/A, Jaydev Vihar (In front of Fortune Tower & 1 KM from NH 5), ☎ +91-9040155555, . checkin: 12; checkout: 12. New 4 Star hotel within "New Bhubaneswar" at Jaydev Vihar offers 73 well furnished rooms, 2 Restaurants, 1 Lounge Bar, 4 conference halls, 2 Party Lawns along with Swimming Pool & Health Club facility. 3500. edit
Bhubaneswar is one of the greenest cities in India and it has a clean look, with adequate arrangement for dustbins made by the local municipal authorities. It is a generally peaceful city with hardly any history of violence. Nevertheless, you should avoid travelling late in night as the city tends to sleep early. Also, wear cool, white clothes in the summer.
The temples are managed in the age-old traditions so be aware of the Hindu rituals and traditions before entering them. Make sure to take off your footwear when you enter a temple or any household. Women in particular needed to be cautious in their clothing and so-called hygiene, but things are more equitable now.
It tends to be too hot in summer. So be careful if it comes in itinerary during April/May. Otherwise, it is welcome weather all through the year. The evenings are very tender and cool.Be aware of the many touts near to the tourist places--railways, temples, and hotels. The 'Pandas' can be notorious if not shown respect. But be within your limits and a polite no (sometimes repetitive) will be ok to avoid getting cheated.in case you have an issue with an auto rickshaw driver or taxi then please report immediately to a police outpost. There is always one around the corner. The police are also very helpful or just call 100.
- Rourkela - Situated about 340 KM North from Bhubaneswar. Direct train is available.Rourkela is one of the biggest cities of Odisha. It is also known as "Steel City" of Odisha.
- Silk city Brahmapur (also spelled Berhampur) is called as silk city. It is around 180 km from Bhubaneswar.
- Rock city Kodala is called rock city it is around 60 km from Brahmapur.
- Chilika lake is regarded as the Mecca for birdwatchers. It is about 100 km from Bhubaneswar. The brackish water being the reason for its amazing bird diversity, it is the second largest brackish water lake in Asia.
- Manglajodi in Chilika is a fishing village on the banks of the lake. it would be better to contact the local conservation group Wild Odisha, who will suggest a good guide who can take you around and will help you hire a boat too.
- Bhitarkanika National Park, roughly 120 km North of Bhubaneswar, is home to the largest population of Saltwater Crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) in all of India and is home to the largest known living crocodile at 23 feet in length. The park also features a wide variety of other wildlife, including a rare Albino Saltwater Crocodile.
- Simlipal National Park:- Similipal is an excellent place to visit if you are traveling to Odisha.
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