(Last Updated on : 30/03/2009)
The most populous city in Ganjam district in Orissa, Berhampur is legendary and absolutely acknowledged for its exquisite silver filigree works and silk sarees woven with gold and silver threads. Hugely respected and held with much esteem, Berhampur can be termed as the most commercialised and urban centre for Orissa and of course for Ganjam district. Orissa is laden with pretty many surprises, luckily being positioned by the side of Bay of Bengal, a perfect amalgamation of sand, sea and sun. The maritime districts as well as the ones far away from sea-side, do equally attract considerable business and tourist hold, a major deciding factor for the state government. However, when it comes to Berhampur, it is selected under the premium cluster of the coastline cities, noted also for its fine sandy beaches, including its excellent art work. Berhampur's brass and bell metal ware, horn toys, wood carvings and carpets are worth a lifetime investment of home decor. The shrines of Thukurani, Jagannath and Nilakantheswar Shiva Temples within the town too can be a rewarding experience.
Berhampur in Ganjam district of Orissa, has presently been renamed Brahmapur. Going by the mass admiration the city draws in every year, it has honourably been nicknamed "The Silk City". The city is precisely located in the eastern coastline of Ganjam district and is deemed as one of the oldest and largest cities of Orissa. Berhampur demands nationwide acceptance and is much celebrated for its silk, its majestic temple structures and cultural domain. As stated by the regional administration, the latest estimate of the population of the city is calculated at 402,672 (a 2009 estimation), establishing it as the fourth most populous urban area in the state and 109th in an overall nationwide estimate.
The agriculturally prolific area, Berhampur is environed by thick woods, dating to prehistoric times and once forming a part of territory under Emperor Ashoka's reign. Going back to several eras in history and enriched in ancient content, Berhampur city's Sanskrit name, Brahmapur, is still in use amongst the local populace. However, Brahmapur being the original Sanskrit name was lost to British linguistics and hence had been mercilessly diluted in to 'Berhampur' in British India. However, in contemporary times, the name has acquired back its aboriginal status and has thus been re-christened to "Brahmapur" officially once more. Berhampur is the basic railhead for all nearby tourist destinations in Orissa. It serves as a common joint for Ganjam district and its nearby small towns and villages. It thus becomes an apparent fact that trade, commerce and overseas transaction reigns predominant in this maritime region. Due to such open opportunities, the majority of the populace are self-employed in various businesses of varying scales. The aesthetically lined up handloom cloth and jewellery shops in the illuminated by-lanes of Berhampur, also make an important factor for bringing in mass as well as class tourists to shop for their best attire and amass a sizeable collection of ornaments.
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