Nuapada

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This article is about the municipality in Odisha, India. For its namesake district, see Nuapada district.
Nuapada
नुआपाड़ा
town
Nuapada is located in Odisha
Nuapada
Nuapada
Location in Odisha, India
Coordinates: 20°49′00″N 82°32′00″E / 20.8167°N 82.5333°E / 20.8167; 82.5333Coordinates: 20°49′00″N 82°32′00″E / 20.8167°N 82.5333°E / 20.8167; 82.5333
Country  India
State Odisha
District Nuapada
Languages
 • Official Oriya
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Nuapada,is a city in Koshal region of Odisha state of eastern India. It is the headquarters of Nuapada district. Nuapada district was carved out of the undivided Kalahandi district on 27 March 1993. Situated on the western border of Odisha with Chhatishgarh, the district is part of Odisha, liguistically & culturally.

Education[edit]

There are 19 schools in Nuapada town.

Places of interest[edit]

Yogeswar Temple, Patora

Situated 18 km from Nuapada Yogeswar temple at Patora is famous for its ancient Shiva Linga.[1] Gulshan Kumar helped for the construction of the new temple.[2]

Politics[edit]

Current MLA from Nuapada Assembly Constituency is Bharatiya janta party candidate Basanta Kumar Panda, who won the seat in State elections of 2014. This is his second term as MLA. His first term was in the year 2000. Previous MLAs from this seat were Raju Dholkiya of BJD who lost this seat in 2014 after his two terms as MLA, Ghasi Ram Majhi who won representing JD in 1995 and 1990 and representing JNP in 1985 and in 1977, and Bhanuprakash Joshi of INC(I) in 1980.[3]

Nawapara district is part of the Kalahandi (Lok Sabha constituency).[4]

People and culture[edit]

The language spoken in Nuapada is a mixture of Oriya and Chhatishgarhi dialect. Although it is a district headquarters, the culture is predominantly rural and agrarian. Nuapada has often been in news for alleged instances of starvation deaths in nearby places like Komana, Boden and Sinapali. Betting and country liquor is a common pastime for the local people as the place does not have any modern entertainment avenue. There is no cinema, theatre or sports facility in Nuapada.

The most famous personality of Nuapada is Ghasiram Majhi, who has been a four time Member of Odisha Legislative Assembly from Nuapada constituency. The noted Oriya poet Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan spent a few years of his childhood and early adult life at Nuapada. His Sahitya Akademi award winning poem Kalahandi was inspired by his direct personal experiences in the locality.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Patora Jogeswar Temple". Odishatravels.com. 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. The Linga of Lord Siva (Sibalinga) is pretty old, dating back to 6th century 
  2. ^ "Tourism :: Photo Gallery". nuapada.nic.in. 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. The help of cassette king late Gulshan Kumar is significant. 
  3. ^ "State Elections 2004 - Partywise Comparison for 94-Nawapara Constituency of Odisha". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  4. ^ "Assembly Constituencies - Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies of Odisha". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  • Dr. C. Pasayat (1998), Tribe, Caste and Folkculture, Jaipur/New Delhi: Rawat Publications.
  • Dr. C. Pasayat (Ed.) (2007), Adibasi Moukhika Sahitya Parampara (in Oriya), Kolkata: Sahitya Akademi.
  • Dr. C. Pasayat (Ed.) (2008), Paschima Odisara Lokageeta (in Oriya), Bhubaneswar: Sahitya Akademi.