Oriya is spoken by 87% of the population of Orissa. It became a literary language in the 14th century. Oriya, Bengali and Assamese all come from the same Eastern Magadhi Apabhramsa and are considered to be sister languages. In the 16th and 17th century Oriya fell under the spell of Sanskrit. However, during the 17th and 18th centuries it followed a new line of approach. Oriya has its origins in the 10th century. The history of Oriya language is divided into Old Oriya (10th century-1300), Early Middle Oriya (1300-1500), Middle Oriya (1500-1700), Late Middle Oriya (1700-1850) and Modern Oriya (1850 till present day). Oriya literature upto 1500AD mainly covers poems and proses with religion, gods and goddesses as the main theme.
Sagara Hajichi Ta Nila Akhire Janha Luchichi Ta Odhani Tale, Mana Jhumijae Akuha Kathare Janha Pae Hata Papulire.
Tumaku Janiba Paratharu Jhunti-paduchi Erundi Bandha, Pabana Dhanki Deichi Sabu Atmiyatara Sugandha.
Chuindele Sie Mote Mora Dehe Chora Chaiti Jae Chuin, Mu Chuindele Lajare Lajare Ta Akhi Pata Jae Nain.
Thare Jadi Taku Mu Anai Die Lekhi Hoijae Taha Kahanitie, Sei Kahanira Mu Rajakumari Kahamote Kie Se Karichi Chori??
Premare Ta Sakhi Aviman Ase Hue Nahi Kehi Anamana, Emiti Semiti Lekhiba Jadigo Banchiki Pariba Tama Bina.
Durei Jauchi Jadi Bhabuthau E Dehu Niswas Nia Toli, Tamari Niswase Niswas Misae Durata Sabdaku Dia Jali.
Sundari Jhianku Najara Padile Akhiphere Nahi para, Sundari Nuheintu Apurba Sundari Sate Kohinoor Hira.
E Kule Sabuja Bana Upabana Pabanare Ase Koelira Tana Se Kule Jaluchi Marura Madhyahna Dhusara Kharare Asahya Dahana