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Kendrapara at a Glance

   

History
Kendrapara is also known as the Tulasi Khetra. Epics reveal the fact that Lord Balram killed Kenderasura here. He married his daughter Tulasi and settled here. It is one of the old districts of Orissa. This district is famous for the temple of Lord Baladev Jew. The river Gobari flows through this district. It is also known for its spinning mills.Aul, Bhitarkanika, Kendrapara and Tamala sasan are the famous tourist places.


Geography
Kendrapara is geographically located between 20 30' North Latitude and 86 25' East Longitude and at an altitude of 12 meters from sea level. Kendrapara district covers an area of 2565 Sq. Km. The total population of the district is nearly 11,49,501. Cuttack and Bhubaneshwar are the two nearest airports from Kendrapara district.

Some of the neighboring Cities and Towns of Kendrapara district are Bhagabatipur (10.4 nm) on its West, Ratnagiri (9.3 nm) and Indipur (7.1 nm) on its North, Patamundai (9.3 nm) on its East, and Patkura (6.1 nm) and Marshaghai (6.2 nm) on its South.

Kendrapara is the district headquarters and is divided into several blocks namely Derabis, Marshaghai, Mahakalpara, Rajkanika, Garadpur, Pattamundai, Rajnagar and Aul. The district comprises of one Sub division, 1532 Villages, eight Blocks, 205 Grama panchayats, one Municipality and two towns.

Some of the famous tourist places of Kendrapara district are Gahiramatha, Aul, Kanika Palace, Bhitarkanika, Tamala sasan, Dangamal, Wildlife Sanctuary and many more.

Transport

Kendrapara is just about 75 kilometers from the state capital, Bhubaneswar. To reach Kendrapara one can go via Cuttack-Jagatpur-Salipur state high way or on the National Highway No.5 and 5 A, crossing at Chandikhol towards Paradip. Kendrapara is just one and half hour drive from Bhubaneswar Airport on the National Highway 5 and 5 A.The Nearest Railway station is at Cuttack which is 55 kilometer from Kendrapara town.



Demographics
 
As of 2001 India census, Kendrapara had a population of 13,01,856. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Kendrapara has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 68%. In Kendrapara, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age. The local language is Oriya, the state language, but a high degree of fluency is also present in Hindi, English and Bengali, as well as some familiarity with Urdu and Telugu in some parts of the population. Hindus form the dominant majority of the population. There is a substantial Muslim minority as well as Christians.


Culture
The great Baladevjew Temple is located in Kendrapara. A Car Festival is held in the month of July. The Gajalaxmi puja is celebrated in the month of October and Kartikeiya Puja in November and Maa Kali Puja at Olaver are held each year.Gajalaxmi puja is a big festival here and is celebrated for 7 days. Maa Kali Puja in Olaver is one of the famous festivals in the region. The Oriya sweet dish, Rasabali, originated from Kendrapara. The car of Lord Baladevjew, also called as 'Bramha Taaladhwaja' is one of the biggest car of its type in the world.


 

Education
In the field of Education also Kendrapara is not behind. There are so many schools and colleges which are engaged in creating well qualified professionals in all the fields. Kendrapara College, Tulsi Womens' College, Kendrapara Evening College, Kendrapara High School, Baladevjew High School, Kendrapara Girls' High School, Ichhapur High School, St. Josephs's School etc. are the renowned schools and colleges of Kendrapara Town.

Kendrapara has produced a number of well known personalities. Now a days young and enthusiastic professionals are coming up and have established their names in the fields like Software and IT Industry, Petroleum industry, Management, Finance, Education, Administration, Politics, etc.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
Kendrapara  Facts
 
Temple Hours
05.00 AM - Jay Mangal Arati
07.00 AM - Neeti Snana
08.00 AM -Ballav Bhoga
11.00 AM to 12.00 - Dhupa
03.00 PM - Dwipahar Dhupa & Pahuda
07.00 PM- Uthani & Sandhya Arati
09.00 PM - Nisankhudi Dhupa
10.30 PM - Badasinghar
11.00 PM - Puspanjali, Palanka lagi & Pahuda
 
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