Bhanda Kansara

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Bhanda Kansara
Bhanda Kansara is located in Odisha
Bhanda Kansara
Bhanda Kansara
Location in Orissa, India
Coordinates: 21°56′18″N 85°42′2″E / 21.93833°N 85.70056°E / 21.93833; 85.70056Coordinates: 21°56′18″N 85°42′2″E / 21.93833°N 85.70056°E / 21.93833; 85.70056
Country  India
State Orissa
District Kendujhar
 • Total 8,000
 • Density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
 • Official Oriya
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 758044
Vehicle registration OR-
Nearest city Keonjhar, Karanjia, Joda, Barbil, Raurkela,Kolkota
Sex ratio 980 /
Literacy 66%
Lok Sabha constituency Keonjhar
Climate moderate (Köppen)

Bhanda Kansara is a village in the Indian state of Orissa, with a population of more than 8,000 people located in the Kendujhar district.


The village (between 21o1'N and 22o10'N latitude and 85o11'E to 86o22'E longitude [1]), Bhanda Kansara is midway between the towns of Turumunga and Champua. The River Baitarani is 4 km from Bhanda Kansara, and the village is surrounded by one branch of the river called Mermenda.


As the name of the village indicates, Bhanda Kansara has historically been populated by members of the Kansari/Thatari caste. (See also Scheduled Castes and Tribes).

Arts and Culture[edit]

The centre of attraction in the village is the Jhumar Mandap (mandap is a type of pavilion), where folk artists from across Orissa and Jharkhand perform.[citation needed]

Bhanda Kansara has traditionally been known as a centre for metal work, primarily the manufacturing of bells and household utensils. Traditional craftsman also create artistic metal items such as idols of gods, goddesses, and animals, as well as bangles etc.[citation needed]

The famous Kichekeswari Temple is 12 km from Bhanda Kansara, in the village of Khiching.[citation needed].


Bhanda Kansara has two government schools, a middle school (Saraswati Shisu Mandir), and two high schools.[citation needed].


In the past, Bhanda Kansara supplied high quality metal work for the local market as well as export to Japan, Indonesia, Myanmar, and England. A dwindling supply of raw materials such as copper, tin, brass, and coal as fuel, has led many craftsmen to abandon their traditional occupation.[citation needed] A few bell metal shops remain in the village, but the traditional craft is nearly extinct.