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Durga Puja

Durga Puja

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Kendrapada is 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 Jiew. A grand car festival is held here annually which draws a mammoth crowd. The river Gobari flows through this district. It cannot be said to be one of the old district in the state of Orissa, However as a sub division one can say it as the one of the renowned division in the Orissa History. Kendrapara became a district as late as in the year 1998 which was earlier a part of the Cuttack District.

To reach Kendrapara :

Kendrapara is just about 90 kilometer 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 Paradweep. Kendrapara is just one and half hour drive from Bhubaneswar Airport on the National Highway 5 and 5 A. 

Important Political Seat :

Throughout the area politics has remained with the local parties since from 1970s. Kendrapara has played a crucial role in to the Orissa's politics. Kendrapara has produced the leaders like Member of Parliament Mr. Rabi Ray who achived the post of Speaker in Loksabha in Indian Parliament. Mr. Biju Pattnaik, former Chief Minister of Orissa. Present day leaders from the Kendrapara includes the name like Supreme Court Lawyer Mr. Prasanta Varma, Ms. Archana Naik, Member of Parliament.     

Important places

Baladevdew Temple : It is situated 5km from the kendrapara town . The place is called Ichhapur. it is stated that as lord Balabhadra want to stay there so the place is named like that. Here we can see beautiful temple and other small temples in it's side and many more old architecture and air of ancient orissa. The car festival here is observed with great love and joy.

Kanika Palace : Kanika palace is the silent proof of glorious history of Kendrapara. King Rajendra Narayan Bhanjadeo laid the foundation stone of this palace on 9th June 1909. The palace was completed within the time period of ten years. This palace still has some antiques in it.

Vitarakanika Wildlife Sanctuary : This wildlife Sanctuary started on 22nd April 1975. This sanctuary consists of 650 sq.km coastal area of Kendrapara, Jagatsingpur and Bhadrak district.

Dangamal : A crocodile project was established at Dangamal where there is a rare variety of crocodiles.

Gahiramatha : Gahiramatha is the breeding ground for several endangered species of sea turtles.

Ratnagiri-Lalitgiri-Udayagiri hills : It is near to kendrapara. It's environs comprise a remarkable Buddhist complex around it. HiuenTsang,the chinese pilgrim found it to be the seat of a flourishing Buddhist university called Puspagiri. It had equal status with Takshyashila and Nalanda. Extensive ruins of brick pagodas, sculptured stone portals and esoteric Buddhist images testifying its ancient glory, have been unearthed. Ratnagiri is the gem of the complex.The magnificently carved door jamb of the Vihar and the superbly finished Buddha images form perhaps the greatest concentration of the post Gupta period Buddhist sculptures.

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