Bhubaneswar, capital city of Orissa, is a web of concrete lanes strewn with historic temples. Nerve center of the erstwhile Kalinga kingdom, the city was a stronghold of the Shaivites. Bhubaneswar, a flourishing center for art and culture, is famed for the Ikat sarees, applique work of Pipli, Bidri-ware and cane furniture. The world famous Odissi dance form has its origin in the city. South of Bhubaneswar is the historical cities of Puri (58 km) and Konark (69 km). With an area of 65 sq km and a population of around 0.7 million, Bhubaneswar is located in Khordha District.