|• Type||Panchayat (Indian caste government)|
|• Body||INDIAN PARLIAMENTARY GROUP|
|Elevation||32 m (105 ft)|
|• Total||36 million|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Odagaon(Oriya: ଓଡଗାଁ) is a small town in the Nayagarh district of the Indian state of Odisha. It is the third largest block in the district consisting of 32 Panchayats and more than 200 villages. This village is one of the many tourist places of the state. One of the main attractions of the place is the Raghunath Temple. The place is sometimes referred to as the "Second Shrikshetra" due to the presence of this temple.
The history of this town is two folded. One assumption is that long back it was only a land of forests and there were no human civilization, until it became the connecting path to Puri, the land of lord Jagannath. After that when the king of Nayagarh established his farm house in these beautiful forests, he also kept few people as permanent residents of this place to take care of his land when the king is absent and to entertain him when he comes. Later these people started farming and other ways of earning their livelihood. This way a small civilization grew up there which with time took the modern face.
According to another story, the history of Odagaon is based on the Raghunath Temple. Before the permanent residence began in this place it was only the connecting way to Puri. One day some pilgrims discovered pictures of Lord Ram, Laxman and Devi Sita on three Neem trees while marching towards Puri. Within very few days this message traveled to all the nearest places and people started to come here. Then these people built a small temple for them and shaped those trees into the idols of Lord Ram, Laxman and Devi Sita. After this, people going to Puri were taking rest here and few priests stayed in the Temple as the servant of God. Then people started to visit this place as a religious place, so this initiated a small village around the temple. Today this area is known as the Village Odagaon. Later with the help of the Nayagarh King the present temple structure was built and also one Dharmashala (Guest house) was built near this temple for temporary stay of the pilgrims.
Odagaon is mainly a hilly area residing 32 meters above the sea level. It is 26 km from the district headquarters and 109 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar. The Odagaon Block has 32 Panchayats under it including the Odagaon Panchayat itself. The Odagaon Block has around 206 small villages. The Odagaon Panchayat consists of 14 villages including village Odagaon. There is a mountain named Sulia Mundia (Sulia Mountain) located at the end of the village and two other mountains are also here namely Bhalu Mundia (Bear Mountain) and Naandi Mundia (Naandi Mountain).
Places of Interest
Raghunath Jeu Temple
Odagaon is known for the Temple of Lord Raghunath Jeu, which is second to Sri Kshetra. The famous, annual festival Ramanavami Yatra is held at the temple and lasts for nine days. Festival attractions include Yatra (live stage Show), Ravan Podi.
There is a beautiful Siva Temple 35 kilometers from Nayargh on the Nayargh-Bahadajhola, via Odagaon road.
The Budhabudhiani Dam, 20 kilometers from Nayargh district, provides nearby villages with clean water and is also used for fish farming.