||This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. (September 2010)|
|— city —|
|Elevation||36 m (118 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Telephone code||06792-25xxxx/ 06792-26xxxx|
|Vehicle registration||OR11-X-XXXX/ OD11-XXXX|
Baripada is a city and a municipality in Mayurbhanj district in the state of Odisha, India. Baripada is the district headquarters. It is a place to stay and tour the Mayurbhanj region. This region is home to Similipal, one of the most important wildlife parks of India. The national park comprises lush valleys, forest lands and scores of ancient temples.
Rathyatra (Chariot Festival) is one of the main attractions of Baripada. Baripada also hosts the second most popular Rath Yatra of Odisha after Puri. Baripada is also the home of the Mayurbhanj Chhau dance, an ancient martial dance form. The 5th Battalion of OSAP (Odisha State Armed Police) is situated at Rangamatia.
Baripada is located at  It has an average elevation of 36 metres (118 feet)..
Baripada is the seat for North Orissa University at Takhatpur. It is also home to the Maharaja Purna Chandra College and to the MPC Autonomous College. The erstwhile Mayurbhanj Palace building houses are Maharaja Purna Chandra College with more than 2,000 students and Government Women's College with about 500 students. The oldest high school is Maharaja Krushna Chandra High School built during 1889, had observed its Centenary. The town also has two Kendriya Vidyalaya schools. There are various English Medium Schools, viz - St. Anne's Convent School, St. Mary's Convent School, Satya Sai Vidya Vihar, etc. The other schools are Sarat Chandra Vidyapitha, Policeline High School, Bhanjpur High School, Bhanjpur Girls' High School. It also has Maharaja Purnachandra Junior and Autonomous college for providing intermediate, graduate and postgraduate level academics in various disciplines ranging from Science to Arts and many specializations. One of the other schools include Maharani Premakumari Girls High school situated at Lalbazar that is exclusively for girls secondary and higher secondary education. The engineering college named Seemanta Engineering College, affiliated to BPUT is situated near Jharpokharia which is 35 km away from Baripada. Mayurbhanj Law College (established in 1978), B.Ed College, Ayurvedic College and Homeopathy colleges are also situated in Baripada.
Baripada railway station was one of the earliest railway stations in Odisha. The then ruler of Mayurbhanj, Maharaja Krushna Chandra Bhanjdeo, connected Baripada by a narrow-gauge rail network to the Howrah-Chennai railway corridor. The first ever airport during the British Raj in Odisha also stands onto this date at sites of Rajabasa (16 km from city) and Rasgovindpur (60 km from the city) with their 2 km-long runways which were constructed during World War II.
Now a broad gauge railway line has replaced it which has benefited over 150,000 of this city's population. As of now, a Baripada - Rupsa - Balasore DEMU Pgr. train and a Superfast Express train from this city to the state capital Bhubaneswar have begun their operations. A new train to Kolkata (Shalimar) from Baripada has been running since 2010–11. There is a demand for a direct express train from Baripada to Puri.
Regarding road transport, luxury A/C buses are a popular means of transportation between the cities. There is connectivity to Bhubaneswar, Puri, Sambalpur, Rourkela, Balasore, Angul, Bolangir, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Jamshedpur (144 km), Jhargram, Kharagpur, Ranchi and Kolkata (228 km) from here. The city is 30 km from the starting point of N.H. 5 which goes to Chennai. Also this starting point named Jharpokharia is the meeting point of NH 5 (now NH 18) and NH 6 (Kolkata-Mumbai). There are a wide range of taxis are available for sight seeing and tours. Similipal National Park is a national park, an Elephant Reserve and a Tiger Reserve situated only 30 km from Baripada.
Baripada is popular for its art and culture. Many famous stars of Ollywood (Odia Film Industry) are from Baripada. Baripada is famous for the Chhau dance form, famous all over the world. The Chaitra Parva celebrated in mid-April recognizes the local talents. Uttarsahi and Dakshinsahi are two main groups which perform in this festival along with many other participants. Jhumar Song is popular in Baripada.
Baripada is the second place, after Puri, where the tradition of Ratha Yatra (Car festival of Lord Jagannath) began. Hence Baripada is called as Dwitiya Srikhetra (2nd Puri). Baripada's Ratha Yatra is popular for its unique culture. The unique tradition of only women pulling the Ratha of Maa Subhadra started in Baripada. Maa Ambika Temple is one of the chief temples and Maa Ambika is a highly revered deity in this region, who is brought here from Devkund.
Jagadhatri Mela at Bhanjpur is the next biggest mela of Baripada. It is the festival of Maa Jagadhatri, Goddess of the whole world. There is a 7–10 days mela known as mini Bali Jatra (named after Cuttack's Bali Jatra) which takes place at Jagadhatri Mela grounds, Bhanjpur, near the Bhanjpur railway Station during the month of October–November. It is celebrated on Gosthastami.
As of 2011[update] census, Baripada had a population of 110,058 and the urban agglomeration had a population of 116,874. The municipality had a sex ratio of 931 females per 1,000 males and 9% of the population were under six years old. Effective literacy was 89.31%; male literacy was 93.45% and female literacy was 84.88%.
The major population of Baripada are the tribals, next to them are the Oriyas consisting of Brahmins and Kshatriyas, rest of the population is accounted to people of Bihar origin, Bengalis, Punjabis, Marwaris and other north Indians. Muslims also constitute a minor part of the population.
Baripada is home to many forest-based products such as timber but due to heavy deforestation the saw mills were banned within 25 km radius of Baripada. Baripada is known for Sabai grass plantations, an African grass introduced to Baripada and was first planted in Hamilton Garden that grows on red volcanic soil and has strong fibres that are used for rope making known as Bubei. Also it has many cashew plantation fields. Khali (Plates) and Duna (Bowls) making, from leaves of Sal tree leaves (Shorea robusta), is another business that local men engage in to earn a living. Besides it has many brick kilns on the banks of river Budhabalaga, which is the only perennial river flowing through the city. Timber still remains one of the major sources of income for the local populace.
Current MLA from Baripada Assembly Constituency is Sananda Marandi of BJD, who won the seat in State elections of 2009. Previous MLAs from this seat were Bimal Lochan Das of JMM who won in 2004, Kishore Dash of JMM who won this seat in 2000, Prasanna Kumar Dash who won representing INC(I) in 1980 and representing INC in 1995, 1985 and 1977, and Chhatish Chandra Dhal of JD in 1990.
- Jatin Das, an international painter
- Nandita Das, an international actress
- Bijay Mohanty, an actor in Odia language films
- Uttam Mohanty, an actor in Odia language films
- Jogesh Pati, an Indian American theoretical physicist at the University of Maryland, USA
- "Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011; Cities having population 1 lakh and above" (pdf). Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
- "Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011; Urban Agglomerations/Cities having population 1 lakh and above" (pdf). Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
- "Destinations :: Baripada".
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc -Baripada
- "Mayurbhanj palace wallows in royal neglect". Times of India. 29 October 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "State Elections 2004 - Partywise Comparison for 7-Baripada Constituency of Odisha". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
- "Assembly Constituencies - Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies of Odisha". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-09-23.