Stone carving is an activity where pieces of rough natural stone are shaped by the controlled removal of stone. Stone carving in Odisha is the ancient practice of sculpting stone into art and utilitarian objects. Stone carving is practiced by the artisans. Stone carving is one of the major handicrafts of Odisha. The art form primarily consists of custom carved works, with the Sun Temple of Konark and its intricate sculpture and delicate carvings on the red vivid sandstone exemplifying the practice. In March 2008, it has earned GI (Geographical Indication) Tag.