(Last Updated on : 16-08-2016)
Kendrapara is an urban area and a municipality town in Kendrapara district
. It is the headquarters of Kendrapara district.
Location of Kendrapara
Kendrapara is located at 20.50 degree North to 86.42 degree East.
Geography of Kendrapara
Kendrapara has an average elevation of 13 m (43 ft). It is surrounded by Bhadrak District
, Jajpur District
, Cuttack District
and Jagatsinghpur district
and Bay of Bengal
in the East part of Eastern Ghats Mountain Range in India
Landforms of Kendrapara
The river Luna is flowing outside of Kendrapara district. The other rivers of Kendrapara are Karandia, Gobari, Brahamani, Birupa, Kani, Baitarani, Kharasrota, Paika, Chitrotpala and Hansua.
Administration of Kendrapara
Kendrapara has 9 blocks named as Aul, Derabish, Garadpur, Mahakalapada, Marshaghai, Kendrapara, Rajanagar, Rajkanika, Pattamundai.
Demography of Kendrapara
Kendrapara district has a population of 1,439,891, roughly equal to the nation of Swaziland or the US state of Hawaii. This gives it a ranking of 344th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 545 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,410 /sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 10.59%.
Education of Kendrapara
Kendrapara has a sex ratio of 1006 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 85.93%. The mother tongue of most of the people here is Oriya; there is a sizable number of Bangla and Urdu speaking people. Hindi Language is also widely understood by the people of Kendrapara. Hindus form the dominant majority of the population. There is a substantial Muslim minority.
Culture of Kendrapara
The Oriya sweet dish, Rasabali is originated from Kendrapara. Kendrapara is also known as Tulasi Ksherta (as Tulasi, different from basil tulsi
is the wife of Lord Balabhadra) and Gupta Kshetra (Lord Balabhadra wish to stay here secretly). Different types of prasad prepared and used in Baladevjew Temple are Rasabali, Potali Pitha, Magaja Ladoo, Kakaraa, Khaja, Karanji, Chhena Kheeri, Ghanabrata, Dahipakhala, Khiri, Puri etc.
Economy of Kendrapara
Kendrapara has the basement of agricultural economy. Most of the people here are farmers and some do business and some do fishing in the river and the Bay of Bengal. The growing of prawn near sea shore is a profitable business in Kendrapara. Many small-scale industries are coming up so people are now getting more opportunity there.
Tourism in Kendrapara
Kendrapara has the large number of temples dedicated to Lord Jagannath
, Lord Krishna
, and Goddess Kali
. The Baladevjew Temple is located in Kendrapara. A Car Festival or Rath Yatra is held in the month of Ashadha every year, the car of Lord Baladevjew is known as Brahma Taladhwaja and considered as the biggest car of its type in whole world. The Gajalaxmi puja on Kojaagari Purnima or Kumar Purnima Durga Pujaat Amruta manohi village is celebrated in the month of October and Kartikeya Puja in November and Maa Kali Puja at Olaver are held each year. Gajalaxmi puja is a big festival here and is celebrated for seven days. Basanti Durga Puja in Basupur is one of the famous festivals in the region. Maa Kali Puja in Olaver is one of the famous festivals in the region.
Kendrapara is 58 km from Cuttack
in Cuttack District
of Odisha. This place is easily accessible with the roadways, railways and airways. 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 Via Chhata towards Paradip
. Kendrapara is just two and half hours drive from Bhubaneswar Airport in Bhubaneshwar
on the National Highway 5 and 5 A. The Nearest Railway station is at Cuttack which is 54 kilometre from Kendrapara town. Chhoti is 11 kilometres from Kendrapara town.
Cities of Orissa
Districts of Odisha