Brahmapur Railway Station
|Nickname(s): Silk City|
|• Body||Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC)|
|• Mayor||K. Madhavi|
|• Municipal commissioner||Dr. Ajit Kumar Mishra|
|Elevation||26 m (85 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||OR-07/ OD-07|
Brahmapur (earlier known as Berhampur) (Oriya: ବ୍ରହ୍ମପୁର), nicknamed "The Silk City", is a city located in the eastern coastline of Ganjam district of the Indian state of Odisha, about 160 kilometres (99 mi) south of the state capital, Bhubaneswar. It is one of the oldest and largest cities of Odisha. It is famous for its silk saris, famous temples and its unique culture. The latest estimate of the population of the city is 355,823 (2011 census) making it the fourth most populous urban city in the Odisha state and 58th overall in India. Brahmapur also got the status of a Corporation after Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 Overview
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Administration
- 5 Culture
- 6 Transport
- 7 Media
- 8 Health care
- 9 Education
- 10 Industries
- 11 IT Organisations
- 12 Sports
- 13 Notable people
- 14 Nearby attractions
- 15 Politics
- 16 References
The city's official name is Brahmapur (Hindi: ब्रह्मपुर), literally meaning "Home of Lord Brahma". "Berhampur" is the anglicised form of the city's name, commonly used in and after the British era. The anglicised form is still used unofficially by people.
Brahmapur is the primary railway head for nearby tourist destinations. It serves as a node for the nearby small towns and villages, so trade is predominant here. A majority of the people are self-employed in various businesses of different scales. Brahmapur is well known for its intricately designed silk sarees called Brahmapuri Patta, handloom cloth and jewellery shops. There is another type of Patta available called Bomokei Patta, named after Bomokei, a nearby village. It is famous for its excellent work in making of Brass metal (Pital in Oriya) fish.
As per the 2011 Census of India, the population of Brahmapur is 355,823, in which 185,584 males and 170,293 females are included. The effective literacy rate of Brahmapur is 90.04%, higher than the national average of 74.04%. Male and female literacy are at 93.83% and 85.92% respectively. 8.2% of the population is under 6 years of age. Adult sex ratio is at 917 females per 1000 males, while child sex ratio is at 898 females per 1000 males. It is 15 km away from Gopalpur sea beach/port and 35 km away from Aska.
The city is administered by the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC). This organization earlier was a municipality from 1867 till December 29, 2008. The Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) of South zone is located at Brahmapur and covers the undivided Ganjam, Koraput, Kandhamal and Kalahandi districts.
The Corporation of Brahmapur provides civic services to the city. Garbage collection has been privatized in 20 wards out of total 37 wards.
There are many mobile phone service companies who operate their GSM and CDMA networks in the city. There are many land-line companies that provide commercial and domestic broadband internet services in the city.
Survey has been done for assessing the nature of solid waste generated in the city which would help in the designing of the proposed solid waste management plant that are in plans to be established near Chandania hill on the outskirts of Brahmapur. International Financial Corporation (IFC), is providing technological support for the project.
Potable water to the city is supplied by Brahmapur Corporation. River Rushikulya is called the Ganga of Ganjam which is main source of water. It flows at a distance of about 30 km from the city and drains into the Bay of Bengal near Gopalpur port. There are a good number of big tanks/ lakes in and around the city.
The Southern Electricity Supply Company of Orissa Limited (SOUTHCO) was incorporated on November 11, 1997, to manage Southern Odisha consisting of districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput, Kandhamal, Nawrangpur, Malkangiri, and Puri (some areas) with its head quarter at Brahmapur. Brahmapur experiences scheduled and unscheduled power cuts, especially during the summer, due to excess consumption demands.
The Odisha State Government has proposed to have a regional passport seva kendra in Brahmapur.
Cyclone Detection Radar (CDR)station planned at Gopalpur, which would provide 24-hours rotation programme and would transmit crucial data such as cloud density, amount of rainfall and thunderstorm, windstorm, formation and location of system, disturbance caused by cloud and rainfall to the ground unit .
Oriya culture has been prominent in this southern city of Odisha since ancient times. As this region was merged with Madras Presidency in British era, a large number of South Indians (mostly Telugu and Tamil) were employed here by the British Government. The city is famous for the shops in Bada Bazaar, Annapurna Market and Bhapur Bazaar.
Theatre has been very prominent since the early days of 1930, and was the main source of entertainment till the advent of motion pictures. Since then, theatre and drama have become cultural events here. Ganjam Kala Parishad and Prakasam Hall are some of the oldest drama-halls in India which are located in this city. The oldest theatre in the history of Odisha was the Sri Sitaram Vilas Talkies (SSVT, established in the year 1927) which was closed down in October 1999.
Brahmapur is very famous for its Pappads (popadum), Aachar (pickles) and various kinds of Badis. Brahmapur is well known for its intricately designed silk sarees and handloom cloth and hence is known as the Silk City. It is also a big market place for fruits especially mangoes as they arrive from the orchards of nearby Andhra Pradesh state.
Night life in this town comes alive with some glitter and bustling shops around Annapurna Market, some market complexes down the market street and Ramlinga Tank, where people sit there and enjoy the evening. The streets around Goutam Cinema Hall are famous for street side food, though hygiene of the food can be questionable.
Western-style dress has gained greater acceptance among men, although the traditional dresses like dhoti and kurta are seen during festivals or other religious occasions. Women normally wear the sari or the shalwar kameez; western attire is becoming popular among younger women.
- Lord Sidha Vinayaka Temple
- Lord Nilakantheswara Temple
- Lord Sri Radheshyam Sunder Temple
- Bhairabi Temple
- Taratarini Temple
- Venu Gopalaswamy Temple
- Lord Venkatswara Temple
- Lord Jagannatha Temple
- Lord Ganesh Temple
- Budhi Thakurani Temple
- Maa Danda Kali Temple
- Thakura Anukula Chandra Satsang Bhavan
- Iskcon Temple
- Maa Mahuri Kalua Temple
- Maa Bankeswari Temple (Dumula)
The people of Brahmapur celebrate all the major festivals of Odisha, like Rath Yatra, Durga Puja, Diwali, Kumar Purnima or Gaja Laxmi Puja, Manabasa Gurubar, Raja Sankranti, Makar Sankranti, Bishuba/Pana Sankranti or Oriya New Year, Dola Yatra or Holi, Chandan Yatra, Gamha Purnima or Rakshya Bandhan, Kartik Purnima, Nabanna, Janmastami, Ram Navami, Saraswati Puja, Ganesh Puja and others. Some festivals are unique to the City, like Sharad Purnima or Kumara Purnima. In Kumar Purnima, all the girls do Janiusa Puja and pray to Tulasi Maa for blessing them with a good life partner. Every two years, a festival is held in honor of the main deity of the city, Thakurani Maa and the festival is known as Thakurani Jatara/Yatra. It is said that Goddess Thakurani Maa come to their parent's home during the holidays for some days from her in-laws home.
The other communities of the city such as Telugus, Marwaris, Punjabis, Bengalis and Gujaratis celebrate their festivals along with the major festivals of the city.
Brahmapur is the commercial capital of state and gateway to south Odisha, and has a well-developed transportation network.
Brahmapur city is connected with National Highways NH-5 (Chennai – Kolkata), NH-59 (Gopalpur – Ahmedabad) and NH-217 (Gopalpur – Raipur) and other cities and towns of Odisha. The three-wheeler auto taxis are the most important mode of transportation in this city. Taxis also ply on the city's roads.
Brahmapur railway station is situated on the East coast railway line which is a major route connecting the two metros Kolkata and Chennai of India. It is directly connected to New Delhi, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Cuttack, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Puri, Vishakhapatnam, Kolkata, Raipur, Sambalpur and many more cities of India. Bhubaneswar – Brahmapur connectivity (DMU) is popular connectivity to reach capital city Bhubaneswar.
The city is served by two ports, Gopalpur Port one of the Oldest Port and upcoming satellite port at the Bahuda Mouth (Muhan) by Paradip Port Trust (PPT).
Brahmapur has a full fledged All India Radio Station which broadcasts FM radio on 100.6 MHz in Greater Brahmapur region (BCGH-Brahmapur, Chhatrapur, Gopalpur and Hinjilicut). Also there is a high power transmitter of (6 KW) Doordarshan which telecasts Oriya language programs. U-TV,previously known as B TV is the local channel which broadcasts the daily local news.
There are many print media houses in Brahmapur. The oldest Oriya daily Dainik Asha, The Samaj, Dharitri, The Sambad, Odisha Bhaskar and Anupam Bharat are published from Brahmapur.
- MKCG Medical College and Hospital- It is a combined medical college and hospital and one of the three government medical colleges in Odisha.
- City Hospital
- Janana Hospital
- Red Cross Hospital
- Sahara Diagnostics, Courtpeta square
- Amit Hospital, Canal Street, Gate Bazar
- Sriram Hospital, J.P. Nagar
- Narayan Jeevan Daan Hospital, Subba Rao Square
- Narayan Eye Clinic near Gate Bazar
- Sree Ortho Clinic at Gandhi Nagar Main Road
- New Care Hospital, Bramhanagar
- Meenakshi Hospital, Berhampur
- Aeshrat Nursing Home, Old Bus Stand
- Escorts Diagnostic, Kamapalli
The oldest Municipal School, Government Queen of the Mission's High School,Government High School – MKCG Medical Campus, Girls High School, K. C. Town High School, City High School are probably among the oldest schools in India. Prominent lawyers like G. L. Narasimham, Rajaguru, G. L. Jagannadham, and others are still considered prominent legal experts by the lawyers in and around Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
The city is also a major center of education in south Odisha. The city is the home to 9 engineering colleges, 11 Polytechnic colleges, 14 ITI’s (as of 2011) and the number is growing every year. The city is also home to many tutorials and coaching institutes who prepare students for various entrance exams. Real Estate have also emerged as a big player in Brahmapur urban area. Recent times have seen retail chains such as Vishal Mega Mart, The Planet, Kolkata Bazar, Reliance, The World, etc. opening outlets in Brahmapur.
There are many major educational institutions in Brahmapur and following are some of the reputed institutions: Berhampur University, Maharaja Krishna Chandra Gajapati (MKCG) Medical College and Hospital, College of Pharmaceutical Sciences(CPS), Khallikote Government College, Government Engineering School (Polytechnic), Parala Maharaja Engineering College(PMEC), National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), Vignan Institute of Technology and Management(VITAM), Roland Institute of Technology (RIT), Sanjaya Memorial Institute of Technology (SMIT) and Gandhi Institute for Industrial Technology(GIIT). The city has highest number of engineering colleges after the state capital of Bhubaneswar. Many students come here to prepare for engineering and medical entrance examinations especially from southern and central region of Odisha.
- Berhampur University, Bhanja Bihar – The Berhampur University came into existence on 2 January 1967, being inaugurated by Dr. A. N. Khosla, the then Governor of Odisha and the first Chancellor of the University. The University was later shifted to the present site known as Bhanja Bihar, named after the celebrated poet of Odisha, Kabisamrat Upendra Bhanja. Spreading over an area of 250 acres (1.0 km2) the university is twelve kilometres and five kilometres away from the Brahmapur City and sea beach of Gopalpur respectively.
- Khallikote Autonomous College- Proposed to be converted to an Unitary University
- Berhampur University Higher secondary School- Intermediate in Science & Arts, Berhampur University
- Queen of the Mission's High School (Founded in 1947)
- St. Vincent’s Convent School, K. K. College square (founded in January 1954 and is one of the oldest I.C.S.E. schools in Odisha) 
- M.A.V School (Matrusri Anglo Vedic School), Brahmapur- It is an English medium and was founded in the late 1960s. It is affiliated to ICSE board. They have classes from pre-nursery till 10th standard. The school is located near Nehru Park, close to the city railway station.
- Cambridge Junior College– For +2 Science Day-cum-Residential programme 
- Great India Institute of Technology(GIIT), Aska Road, Brahmapur 
- Science College, Hinjilicut
- Binayak Acharya College
- D.A.V. Public School, Brahmapur- Senior Secondary (Std. XII), CBSE affiliated school 
- Army Public School, Gopalpur - Senior Secondary (Std. XII), CBSE affiliated school
- Saraswati Sishu Vidya Mandir, Nilakantha Nagar, Brahmapur(LKG to +2 Stream) - Odisha State Board
- Swami Vivekananda Vidya Mandir, Andha Pasara Road, Brahmapur(LKG to 10th Stream) - Odisha State Board
- De Paul School, Engineering school road, Brahmapur (pre-nursery to +2 Sc.)- ICSE Board
- Kendriya Vidyalaya, Gopalpur Military Station A CBSE affiliated Senior Secondary school. Classes up to std. XII in Science and Commerce streams 
- Atomic Energy Central School (AECS) CBSE pattern at OSCOM/ IRE (Odisha sand complex)/ (Indian rare earth) at Matikhalo
- Govt High School Medical Campus,Berhampur(One of the best school in Its Time)
- Kendriya Vidyalaya, Brahmapur- A CBSE affiliated Senior Secondary school. Classes up to std. XII in Science, Commerce and Arts streams 
- Supriya Junior College
- S.B.R. (Autonomous) Women's College, Brahmapur
- K.D. Science College, Pochilima, Hinjilicut
- Takshashila Resd School, Ankuspur (LKG to +2 Stream)- CBSE Board
- Chatrapur Women's college
- Chatrapur Govt Science College
- Gopalpur College, Gopalpur, Berhmpur
- Kukudakhandi Science College, Berhampur
- Ramnarayan College, Dura, Berhampur
- Narendrapur College, Berhampur
- Parala Maharaja Engineering College (A Government & constituent college of B.P.U.T.) 
- National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), Palur Hills, Brahmapur
- Gandhi Academy of Technology & Engineering, Golanthara Konisi, Brahmapur
- Gandhi Institute of Industrial Technology (GIIT), Golanthara, Brahmapur
- Kalam Institute of Technology (KIT), Brahmapur
- Rahul Institute of Engineering & Technology, Thatadapalli Village, Kotharsing, Brahmapur
- Roland Institute of Technology Surya Vihar (RIT), Brahmapur
- Sanjay Memorial Institute of Technology (SMIT), Chandipadar, Brahmapur
- Vignan Institute of Technology and Management (VITAM), Bhairavi, Mantridi village, Brahmapur 
- Kalam Institute of Technology and Management (KIT), Govindabihar, Brahmapur
Medical, pharmacy, and nursing
- MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Brahmapur
- Biju Patnaik Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Brahmapur
- Kaviraj Ananta Tripathy Sharma Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, Ankuspur, Brahmapur
- Brundaban Nayak Medical College & Hospital, Brahmapur (in progress by SMIT Group)
- School of Pharmaceutical Education & Research, Berhampur University.
- College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mohuda
- Roland Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ambapua
- Royal College Of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Andhapasara Road, Brahmapur
- Om Sai College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Gopalpur
- Sivananda College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Near Engineering College Square, Brahmapur
- New Hope Society School of Nursing (General Nursing & Midwifery training), Brahmapur
- Shankar Netralaya - Eye Hospital (work in Progress to start a 200-bed eye hospital), Brahmapur
- Uma Charan Pattanaik Engineering School, Brahmapur
- Government Polytechnic, Brahmapur
- Aum Sai Institute of Technical Education, Brahmapur
- Berhampur School of Engineering & Technology (BSET), Brahmapur
- Sanjay Memorial Institute of Technology (SMIT), Ankuspur
- Gandhi School of Engineering, Brahmapur
- Gandhi Polytechnic, Brahmapur
- Orissa School of Engineering Polytechnic, Brahmapur
- Kalam Institute of Technology, Brahmapur
- Bharat Institute of Engineering & Technology, Brahmapur
- Holy Institute of Technology, Brahmapur
- Xavier Institute of Hotel Management, Brahmapur
- College of Fisheries(O.U.A.T.), Rangeilunda, Brahmapur
- Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ankushpur (Ratanpur Farm), Brahmapur 
- Army Air Defence College (AADC), Gopalpur, Brahmapur
- J.N. Tata Technical Education Center, Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF), Gopalpur
- Academy of Technocrats for the IT courses like BCA, BES & BBA under Berhampur University, Brahmapur
- DISHA College of Management & Technology (BCA & BBA under Berhampur University, Distance Programs under Punjab Technical University, Karnataka State Open University, Manomaniam Sundaranar University) 
- Multi-skill Development Centre (MDC) (Upcoming) at Brahmapur next year in association with German technological expertise aids.
- Regional Forensic Science Laboratory, Brahmapur 
- Orissa Christian Theological College, Gopalpur, Berhampur
Brahmapur region is the hub of industrial activities in southern Odisha. Industrial clusters include granite processing units, Cashew nut processing, rice mills, and fabrication/ handloom unit industries are popular in this region. Some major industries located in Brahmapur region are:
- Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL), a unit of Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India. Established in the year 1986. (Products: Sillimanite, Zircon, Garnet, Rutile, and Monazite)
- Jayshree Chemicals Limited (JCL), a S. K. Bangur group company. Established in the year 1967. (Products: Caustic soda, Hydrochloric Acid, Sulphur Dioxide Gas and Chlorine)
- Virat Crane Agro Tech (Pvt.) Ltd. Established in the year 1997.
- Railway wagon factory, Sitalapalli, Brahmapur (Work in progress)
- Titanium Oxide Plant (Planned)
- Gopalpur Industrial Park by TATA - High Carbon Ferrochrome Plant, Rebar Mill, and Desalination plant (Planned)
Many software companies have set up their centres as Brahmapur offers opportunities associated with Grade II and grade III cities for BPO and software companies. The third software park STPI- Berhampur of the state and 51st in the country, was inaugurated on August 20, 2010, at Brahmapur.
Brahmapur has produced some of the best weight-lifting and boxing players for India at the International level including present day Indian champion in Commonwealth Games Gold medalist winner Katulu Ravi Kumar. Veer Hanuman Club of Brahmapur has produced international weight-lifters like Bijay Kumar Satapathy, Chandra Sekhar Sahu, and Tikina Gopal. Bijay Kumar Satapathy, is also an Arjuna Award winner and had grabbed the Silver medal in the 1982 Commonwealth Games held in Australia, and gold medal in the 1981 Mini-Commonwealth Games. Chandra Sekhar Sahu, an employee of the Indian Railways, had clinched a Gold medal in the SAARC sports meet in 1990. Similarly, Tikina Gopal had also won Silver and Bronze medals in the Junior and Senior Asian Championship, while Ranu Mohanty, a girl from the city won medals in the International event of Power-lifting. Cricket, Volley, Basketball and Football (Soccer) are the other popular sports.
Brahmapur has a National level stadium which has hosted several Ranji Trophy matches. The city has produced many reputed Ranji players in the recent times.
- Berhampur Stadium (Barracks)
- Khallikote College Stadium
- Veer Hanuman Circus and Physical Institute (VHCPI)- Indoor Stadium
- V. V. Giri, former President of India
- P. V. Narasimha Rao, former Prime Minister of India
- Binayak Acharya, former Chief Ministers of Odisha
- Kota Harinarayana, scientist
- Sanjukta Panigrahi, Odissi dancer
- Katulu Ravi Kumar, weightlifter
- W. V. V. B. Ramalingam Freedom Fighter
- Bi-Annual Thakurani Yatra – The Festival of the Goddess : This welcomes the goddess Budhi Thakurani to her temporary abode for the biannual Thakurani Jatra (festival) late at night. The hereditary head of the festival, who is also regarded as the head of the weaver Dera community of the city, Desibehera, dressed in his traditional attire, visits the Budhi Maa Thakurani temple to invite the goddess to her parental abode at his home on Saturday afternoon. His wife also accompanies him, and they make offerings at the Kalika temple. Rituals to welcome the deity for the festival started at the temporary temple built at Desibehera street from evening with the Changudi Puja. After these rituals, flowers are carried from Desibehera's house to the Budhi Thakurani temple. Fallen flowers are carried as representative of the deity to Desibehera Street in a large decorated procession at night. The Thakurani Yatra is celebrated in different parts of Ganjam district. One such major biennial Thakurani Yatra is Lanjipalli Thakurani Yatra.
- Gopalpur Beach : This is located at a distance of 16 km from the city and the Gopalpur is a retreat for sun, sea and sand lovers. At one time it was a busy seaport and it still displays the crumbling walls and pillars of the jetty. There are various town buses that run from Old Bus stand to Gopalpur. It is quite convenient to drive to Gopalpur on ones personal vehicle. Gopalpur once used to be a bustling place with tourists. There are many good hotels like Oberoi Palm Beach resort. It is a lesser known fact that, Oberoi Palm Beach resort was the first property to be acquired under the Oberoi Group brand. Gopalpur has an old light house, and a small fisherman's cove. The Gopalpur Beach Festival is also held here.
- See also: Gopalpur-on-sea travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Taratarini Temple – The Shakti Pitha
- This is one of the oldest pilgrimage place of mother goddess and amongst the four major ancient Adi Shakti centers in India. The mythological texts recognize four major Shakti Pithas (centers), like Bimala, Taratarini, Kamakshya and Dakhina Kalika, which originated from the limbs of the Corpse of Mata Sati in the Satya Yuga.
- Rooted in the hoary past, mentioned in the Puranas, the Tantras and as the main seat of Tantric cult for thousands of years and center of Shakti worship since time immemorial, this hill Shrine is believed to be the Sthana Peetha (Breast Shrine of Mata Sati) and an important prehistoric religious center which bears an uninterrupted history of about 6000 years.
- Ballipadar : It is famous for black bucks.
- Sri Sri Sri Sidhibinayakya Pitha : This temple is centrally located in the city near Giri Road, which will be one of the largest Ganesh Temple in Odisha. The temple work is completed.
- City Market Area : Has a host of different bazars (markets) chiefly among them being Bada bazar, Sana bazar, Hanuman bazar, Urban Bank Road etc.
- Mahurikalua : It is a forested hilly area where Goddess of Shakti Maa Thakurani is worshiped. It is about 30 km from Brahmapur. During the time of Sankranti festival people in large numbers gather to worship.
- Kalua Jatra : The Kalua jatra festival begun in Gosani Nuagaon area of the city. This festival would continue for 15 days till next full moon's day which is celebrated as Kumar Purnima in the Odisha state.
- Dhabaleshwar beach : Dhabaleswar is a quiet and secluded beach close to Gopalpur beach, with facilities for surfing, sailing, and sun-bathing. The famous pilgrim center, Dhabaleswar, with its sand-bleached Shiva temple and the Dhabaleswar island are the nearby attractions.
- The Chhatrapur Port Area
- Siddha Bhairavi: The place is named after the presiding deity goddess Maa Bhairabee at the remote village of Mantridi. Carved in crude fashion, the icon (one-legged goddess with four hands) was discovered and enshrined in a newly adorned temple in 1937. According to legend, fisherman and sailors used to worship the deity for blessings before commencement of their journey. Maa Bhairabee nowadays has become an important Shakti Pitha venerable for the fisherman community that live in nearby villages. Tourists from almost all parts of southern Odisha as well as northern Andhra Pradesh visit this holy shrine everyday. The holy days on which most of the devotees assemble before the deity to offer their prayers are on Sankranti days of the Hindu calendar and on all Tuesdays.
- Taptapani : Taptapani (Hot-Water), as the name suggests, is famous for its hot springs. Nestled at about 1,800 feet (550 m) above sea level, this spot is 56 kilometres away from the city's railway station. The sprawling Panthanivas is the only shelter for tourists at Taptapani. The cottages overlook a pristine valley, and the dining hall is strategically placed between two crests of mountain fold. A few minutes walk from here will take you to Kandimata Mandir, where the locals bathe in the spring before offering their daily prayers. There is also a deer park maintained by the forest department.
- Bala Kumari : The temple of Balakumari can be reached by climbing 1,240 steps and is dedicated to the Goddess Durga.
- Chilika Lake : Chilika is India's biggest inland lake, spread over 1,100 square kilometers stretching across the length of the three districts of Puri, Khurdha and Ganjam and finally joins the Bay of Bengal through a narrow mouth, forming an enormous lagoon of brackish water. Dotted with many emerald green islands with colourful names such as Honeymoon Island and Breakfast Island, Chilika is home to a rich variety of aquatic fauna. It is also a sanctuary and winter resort for migratory birds, some coming from as far as Siberia.
- Biranchi Narayan Sun Temple : Buguda is a small town in Ghumusar Subdivision of Ganjam district. It is famous for the temple of Biranchinarayan. The temple was built by King Srikara Bhanja, who ascended the throne of Ghumusar in 1790 CE. The image of the God Biranchinarayan which is installed in the sanctum of the temple was recovered from the ruins of Malatigarh. The temple is built in the form of a chariot driven by seven horses and is conspicuous for its remarkable wood carvings and wall paintings. At the other end of the main road facing the temple of Biranchinarayan is a temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath. The temple is built in such a manner that the devotees can see the Arati of both the temples at the same time from any of these two places.
- Kulada : Kulada is famous for the Goddess Bagh Devi. It is also said to be the birthplace of the great Oriya poet Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja. It is situated in the northwest of Ganjam District, with a ruined fort, the river Mahanadi flowing in the east, and dense forest lies on the west side of the ruined fort. The original temple is at the top of the hill known as Upar Bagh Devi, with 210 steps.
- Panchama : Panchama is a small village famous for the temple of Panchama Ganesh, or Siddhi Binayaka, as it is locally known. Tradition says that the Gajapati King Purushottamadeva (15th century) on the way to his conquest of Kanchi recovered the image in the hallow of two trees of Vara and Aswastha and paid his homage to the image after its consecration. Since then the place has become an important centre of Ganapataya worship, preserving the great tradition of Panchadevata worship of Odisha.
- Narayani : Narayani, is situated at a distance of 80 km from Brahmapur, and located on the top of the Bhalleri hills. The temple of Goddess Narayani (Durga) is surrounded by captivating natural scenery of dense sal and mango grooves. It is one of the most famous Shakti peetha and Tantra peerha of the district, situated at the border of Ganjam and Khurda district. The extension of the Bhalleri is known as Narayani khola. It is believed the top of the shrine is the seat of Devi Banadurga. As per mythology, the deity in the shrine is an aavatar of Maishamardini Maa Durga. Earlier she was worshipped by the local tribes in a natural shape inside the cave. Later, the local civic bodies arranged the puja and shaped the deity as a ten armed figure. An ex-ruler of Khallikote garh built the present shrine. The construction of the temple used a unique method of cementing the stone pieces. The green jungle surrounding the temple, with its calm and quiet environment attracts a large number people. During the winter the rush of picnickers to the spot is multiplied. The enchanting view of Chilika Lake from the top of Bhalleri hills leaves a long lasting impression in the mind of a viewer that is beyond any description. Ashokasthami is the most important festival and is celebrated for three days. Following that, every year based on Hindu calendar, Mesha Sankranti and Raja Sankranti are also important festival dates. A huge number of devotees visit the temple and worship the deity during these days every year.
- Potagarh : This is a historical fort built by Britishers in the 18th century. It is situated close to river Rusikulya and is surrounded by a moat. The remnants of majestic fort houses and a buried tunnel specks, the melody of glorious past of Ganjam city, which was cursed by a dreadful epidemic plague in the year 1815 CE. The place attracts students, scholars and history lovers. Due to its geographical location close to the confluence of Rusikulya river and Bay of Bengal, it is a favored picnic spot among the picnickers.
- Ujaleswar : The shrine of Ujjaleswar, 19 km from Digapahandi and 45 km from Brahmapur, near Ghodahada Dam, was developed from a cave temple, on a hillock which is approachable by steps. A huge stone shadowing the deity forms the back side of the temple, which has been also chiseled to steps for facilitating a circumambulating around the shrine. Before reaching the unctuous site, one would come across the pleasing surroundings of Ghodahada Dam, which has submerged a fort named Vijayanagar and its temple. The reservoir shelters a herd of elephants, crocodiles, and pythons, and provides subsoil water for a horticulture farm of tube rose.
- Aryapalli : The beach at Aryapalli is 32 km from Brahmapur and 8 km from Chhatrapur and Brahmapur.
- Mahendragiri : The hill Mahendragiri, 5,000 feet (1,500 m) high, is in the Parlakhemundi subdivision of the district of Gajapati. It is associated with mythological stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, and has interesting archaeological remains. Sivaratri is the main festival.
- Sonepur : Sonepur beach is on the Odisha–Andhra Pradesh border along the river Bahuda; on the other side is the beach Pati Sonepur.
- Galleri and Baibelli : These villages belong to Ghumsar region of the Ganjam District. These villages are thought of to be the origination place for Danda Jatra. Danda Jatra are ritualistic performances held during the month of Chaitra for a period of 2 to 3 weeks. This is considered to be the one of the traditional form of worship. The performers showcase their performances in different villages. The performances are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali, which are symbolically represented by a Danda (a Pole), decorated with multi-coloured clothes. The participants showcase various items from their repertoire chiefly among them being Pani Danda, Agni Danda, Dhuli Danda etc. The closing ceremony is known as Meru Yatra, which is observed on the day of Maha Vishuba Sankranti.
- Bankeswari : Bankeswari is a beautiful and scenic spot located on the Kerandimala hill ranges on the Eastern Ghats. It's located about 10 km. from the junction near Digapahandi on the Brahmapur – Digapahandi highway. This is mountainous area and has a dense forest cover. The view from the hills is exotic and refreshing and has many pristine streams.
Current M. P. (Member of Parliament) of Brahmapur Parliamentary Constituency is Siddhanta Mahapatra of BJD, elected in the year 2009. Current MLA from Brahmapur Assembly Constituency is Dr. Ramesh Chandra Chau Patnaik of BJD, who won the seat in the state elections of 2004 and 2000 and also as JD candidate in 1995. Berhampur Corporation comes under four Assembly segments i.e., Berhampur old town, Gopalpur, Chatrapur and Digapahandi. Berhampur is part of Berhampur Lok Sabha constituency.
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