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Bhawanipatna Clockwise from top left: Doordarshan Tower, Phurlijharan, Durga Mandap (Big Ben of Bhawanipatna), Manikeshwari Mandir, Bhawanipatna Railway Station, Bhawanipatna Bus Stand
|Named for||The leading deity Bhawani-Shankar|
|• Body||Bhawanipatna Municipality|
|Elevation||248 m (814 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Bhawanipatna is a city and district headquarter of the Kalahandi district in the Indian state of Odisha. Bhawanipatna is a city of numerous temples dedicated to different deities of Hindu pantheon. It is named after the presiding deity, Bhawani-Shankar. Bhawanipatna municipality is the administrative head of the city, which is divided into twenty wards with different sub-areas called para (pronounced "padaa"). Originally, these paras were inhabited by people of different communities, but over the last few decades, these Paras have become homogeneous. Bhawanipatna has more than forty-two paras. It is one of the biggest urban areas of western part of Odisha.
- 1 Geography and climate
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Language and literature
- 4 Politics
- 5 Areas of Bhawanipatna
- 6 Tourism
- 7 Media and broadcasting
- 8 Festivals
- 9 Market
- 10 Sports
- 11 Entertainment
- 12 Education
- 13 Health care
- 14 Transport
- 15 Notable personalities
- 16 Power and transmission
- 17 References
- 18 External links
Geography and climate
Bhawanipatna is located at  It has an average elevation of 248 m (814 ft). Bhawanipatna is located in the centre of large mountains and plateaus. It has eastern ghat mountains in its eastern frontier..
Bhawanipatna has a tropical wet and dry climate, temperatures remain moderate throughout the year, except from March to June, which can be extremely hot. The temperature in April–May sometimes rises above 48 °C (118 °F). These summer months also have dry and hot winds. In summers, the temperature can also go up to 50 °C (122 °F). The city receives about 1,300 millimetres (51 in) of rain, mostly in the monsoon season from late June to early October. Winters last from November to January and are mild, although lows can fall to 5 °C (41 °F).
As of 2011[update] India census, Bhawanipatna had a population of 69,045 and total including sub-urban of 83,756. Population of Children with age of 0-6 is 7407 which is 10.73% of total population of Bhawanipatna (M). In Bhawanipatna Municipality, Female Sex Ratio is of 945 against state average of 979. Moreover, Child Sex Ratio in Bhawanipatna is around 911 compared to Orissa state average of 941. Literacy rate of Bhawanipatna city is 85.00% higher than state average of 72.87%. In Bhawanipatna, Male literacy is around 90.95% while female literacy rate is 78.72% according to the 2011 census. Out of total population, 23,705 were engaged in work or business activity. Of this 18,666 were males while 5,039 were females. In census survey, worker is defined as person who does business, job, service, and cultivator and labour activity. Of total 23705 working population, 84.55% were engaged in Main Work while 15.45% of total workers were engaged in Marginal Work.
Language and literature
The language spoken by the people of Kalahandi is the Kalahandia dialect of Oriya, locally known as Kalahandia . Local weekly newspapers such as Arjji and Kalahandi Express publish articles in standard Odia and Kalahandia language. Other languages include Kui, Bhatri, Parji, Bhunjia, spoken by approximately 7000 Bhunjia Adivasis.
Current MLA from Bhawanipatna (SC) Assembly Constituency is Anam Naik of BJD, who won the seat in State election of 2014. Previous MLAs from this seat is Dusmanta Kumar Naik of INC, who won the seat in State election of 2009. Previous MLAs from this seat include Pradip Kumar Naik of BJP who won the seat in State elections of 2004 and also in 2000 and 1995, Ajit Das of JD who won this seat in 1990, Bhaktacharan Das of JNP in 1985, and Dayanidhi Naik who won this seat in 1980 as a candidate of INC(I) and as INC candidate in 1977.
Bhawanipatna is part of the Kalahandi constituency, currently held by Arka Keshari Deo, and before that by his father Bikram Keshari Deo, who was the younger son of Maharaj Pratap Kesari Deo of Kalahandi.
Areas of Bhawanipatna
- Arkabahali Para
- Amgach pada
- Bag pada
- Baad Para
- Bahadur Bagicha Para
- Balaji Vihar
- Braja Vihar
- Banka pada
- Chanchra Pada
- Churi Hari Pada
- Dewansaheb para
- Dhoba Pada
- Godam Para
- Gosal Para
- Haati Saal Pada
- Halia Pada
- Hill Town
- Irrigation Colony
- Jore Pada
- Jenakhal Pada
- Kalimandir Para
- Kumhar Pada
- Mahabir Para
- Mali para
- Mandar Bagicha Para
- Mukti Nagar
- Nityananda Nagar
- Nua Para
- Odia Bangti Para
- Pardesi Para
- Purna Para
- Ram Nagar Para
- Ram Sagar Para
- Sambhu Nagar Pada
- Shakti Nagar Pada
- Shanti Nagar Pada
- Shastri Nagar
- Sitabordi Para
- Statue Para
- Tal Pada
- Tarini Mandir Pada
- Telegu Bangti Para
- TV Centre Pada
City area of Bhawanipatna includes nearby sub-urban areas like Parmanandapur, Station area, Kesinga road, Bandhapala, Kasakendu, Medinipur, Duarsuni, Raisingpur, Bhangabari and Atangaguda.
There are two Manikeshwari Mandir located in Kalahandi district of Odisha, one is in Bhawanipatna and other at Thuamal Rampur. The temple is located in the centre of Bhawanipatna. The main deity here is Goddess Manikeshwari. The main devotees are from the fishermen community. During Dussehra festival, animal sacrifice is offered at this temple which is a festival also known as Chatar jatra where lacs of people gather in the city to get the blessings from their beloved goddess . A film is also documented showing the ritual of animal sacrifice, before Goddess Manikeshwari. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqy2DV2D0N4&t=3s
Phurli Jharan is one of the most famous tourist spots in Kalahandi. 15 km (9.3 mi) from Bhawanipatna, Phurlijharan is a perennial water fall about 30 ft (9 m) in height and has a special charm of its own. The multi coloured rainbow created by the sunrays falling on the scattered water particles of the fall is an amusing sight to be seen. The evergreen forests around the fall provide ample opportunities to group picnickers.
Present on SH-44 Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary (Odia: କର୍ଲାପାଟ୍;Hindi: कर्लापाट्) is a wildlife sanctuary located in Kalahandi district and a very popular tourist attraction of Odisha in India. Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary is 12 km (7.5 mi) from Bhawanipatna, the district headquarters of Kalahandi district.
The sanctuary covers an area of 255 km2 (98 sq mi). It lies within the Eastern Highlands moist deciduous forests ecoregion. Major plant communities include mixed deciduous forests and scrublands.It has also high mineral deposit like bauxite and manganese etc.
This sanctuary is home to many wildlife species like tiger, leopard, gaur, sambar, nilgai, barking deer, mouse deer, a wide variety of birds and reptiles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyw8igPyniM&t=214s
Jakham is a tourist attraction on SH-44 (20 km away). It has a wooden guest house so that one can spend some time to feel natural beauty and glimpse of nature and wildlife.
Rabandara is one of the most famous tourist spots near Bhawanipatna. 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from city, Rabandara is a perennial water fall about 13 ft (4 m) in height and has a special charm of its own.
- Sospadar Waterfall
Sospadar is an exotic location for picnic lovers and adventurers is yet to be placed on tourist map of Odisha (although many other places from Kalahandi are pending in their list) It is situated about 17 km towards east from Bhawanipatna under Gunduri panchayat via Icchapur, (Lanjigarh block).
- Gadagada Twin-Waterfall
- Zilla Sangrahalaya
Zilla Sangrahalaya or the District Museum, Bhawanipatna has different artifacts, manuscripts, paintings and many rare items from pre-historic age (Asurgarh coins, Gudahandi paintings etc) depicting ancient history of Kalahandi Redion. Place: Near New Bus Stand, NH-26, Bhawanipatna.
Permunji is a nursery situated at the foot of great mountain, a place for picnics. Elephants are commonly seen near the nursery crossing roads.
- Hello Point
Hello Point is a picnic spot and valley view point 75 km (47 mi) from Bhawanipatna. It is present on the top of the eastern ghats from where half of the Kalahandi district is visible including Junagarh, Kalampur block etc. One can receive signal from all telecom services for mobile, therefore it is named as Hello Point.
Indravati Dam or Upper Indravati Hydro Power Project is one of the largest Dam in India as well as Asia. It is the largest dam in eastern India which produces 600MW of electricity. The Upper Indravati Project envisages diversion of water, of the indravati river in its upper reaches into the Mahanadi valley for power generation and irrigation.
The project involves construction of 4 dams across the Indravati and its tributaries 8 dykes and two inter-linking channels to form a single reservoir with a live capacity of 1,435.5 million m3 (50.69 billion cu ft), 4.32 km (2.68 mi). tunnel, a power house with installation of 4 units of 150 MW each turbines, 9 km (5.6 mi) tail race channel and an irrigation barrage across Hati river with the associated irrigation canals i.e., Left Canal and Right Canal.
Irrigation from left canal is done in Kalampur, Koksara, Junagarh and Dharmagarh Block where Asia's longest aqueduct is made on Tel River near Odisha border. And right canal is done is Junagarh (Nandol area)and Bhawanipatna Block, the construction work is under process in Karlapada block where it merges with Ret River. The water comes from mainly Indravati River, Pet fula Naal etc. Full Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp57gyVgZTQ&t=14s
Media and broadcasting
* Doordarshan Kendra (DD-6)
It was started as Low Power Transmission on 15th Feb 1987 and it had been upgraded to High Power Transmission on 20th Jan. 1992.This 10 KW capacity Doordarshan kendra started functioning in 1992 is one of the few HPT centres among Sambalpur, Cuttack in Odisha. Program generating facility (studio) was started on 3rd sep. 2002. Its one of the three Doordarshan Kendras in the state of Odisha other being Sambalpur and Bhubaneshwar. Its studio became operational in 2002. In 2004, it started broadcasting agriculturerelated programmes sponsored by Ministry of Agriculture and simultaneously began broadcasting agriculture programmes in different HPT (high power transmission) centres of KBK region.
Besides this, it also used to produce programmes to promote tribal heritage, culture, drama besides entertainment and awarenessbuilding programmes for the KBK. It was broadcasting agriculture related programmes from 6 pm to 6.30 pm on every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and local culture and entertainment based programmes from 5.30 pm to 6 pm each Monday and Thursday. During the period from 2005 to 2009, the centre has bagged 10 national awards and five nominee prizes for different programmes produced by it.
* All India Radio (Akashwani Bhawanipatna 103 FM)
All India Radio or Akashwani Bhawanipatna started on 30 December 1993 near Naktiguda, outskirt of the city. It has two transmitters 2x100 KW, MW in Belamal near Pastikudi. Frequency of Transmission is 1206 kHz, 248 MTs.It has two studios. Sanctioned strength of Radio station in all cadre is 100. No. Of Casual Announcers in the kendra is 56. Composition of originated programmes targets audience programme for Rural, Women Children, Youth & Senior Citizen, Light & Classical Music, Film Music. Broadcasting of programmes are done in Odia, Hindi, and English languages. The broadcasting covers a popuplation of approx. 18,66,000 Lacs from Kalahandi, Nuapada and nearby districts. All India Radio, #Bhawanipatna was started on 30 Dec 1993 at Naktiguda, Bhawanipatna i.e, Transmission and Studio and Radio Station at Belamal is a Relay Tower. Recently FM services have been started at AIR station at frequency of 103 MHz
Primary service zone, Kalahandi District and Naupada District. The station has not only popular in its primary zone, rather its audience from the district of Bolangir, Sonepur, Phulbani, Bargarh, Nawrangpur and Rayagara of Orissa and Raigarh district of Chhatisgarh. Moreover this station serves the districts coming under the capital KBK scheme of the Govt. of India.
Transmission Strength~BEL HMB 140- 2 x 100 KW Frequency of Broadcast~1206 KHz and 248 mtrs. Mast Height~ 122 Meters
* My Channel (Local Media Group)
Digital Cable TV and WiMax provider.
* Ortel Cable and Broadband Service
Digital Cable TV and Broadband provider.
* EM Digital
- Dasra (Dasara) : Dasara or Durga Puja is celebrated among Hindu all over India, but it is very popular in Eastern part of India including West Bengal, Odisha, Assam etc. However, goddess Durga is known as Shaki (Energy) and most of the goddess based on tribal and Shaki is inspired from goddess Durga. The major goddess of Kalahandi including Manikeswari, Lankeswari, Denteswari, Khameswari, Bhandargharen etc. are seen as a reflection of goddess Durga and most of the major festivals like Chhatar Jatra, Kkandabasha, Budharaja Jatra, etc. are celebrated during Dusra. Dusra is significant in all the Skati Pitha in Kalahandi and is one of the popular festival in the region.
- Kalahandi Utsav "Ghumura"
- Diel or Deepawali : Also popularly known as Diwali is celebrated in Kalahandi. But this is getting popular due to immigrant business community mainly from Marwadi community, however, slowly it has entered the local stream.
- Rathajatra : The festival of Rathjatra is inspired from Rathajatra in Puri. Since independence when Kalahandi became part of Odisha state the dominance of coastal Oriya culture has influenced Kalahandi. Number of new Jagganath temples have come over Kalahandi since 1950 and celebration of Rathajatra is increasing realised. This is also boosted by immigrant business community and Government officials from coastal Odisha and Berhampur region.
- Nuakhai : This is typically a local festival prevalent in Western Odisha including Kalahandi. It is inspired from harvesting of new crops and historically came from tribal. But now everybody irrespective of caste, creed and religion celebrate it. There are many kinds of Nuakhai according to tribal culture, out of which Dhan (Rice) Nuakhai is most popularly celebrated.
- The famous Chhatra Yatra of Goddess Manikeswari of Bhawanipatna, a very famous and popular ceremony. (October)
- Laxmi Bajar
There are several market areas in the city, the biggest one is Laxmi Bajar or Main Market which is at the core of the city. Most of the garment showrooms, costume, jwellery, grocery and fancy shops are found here. Fruits and Vegetables are sold in the inner area of the market mainly near Laxmi Mandir.
Hatpada or Weekly Market is situated near Gandhi Pramod Udyaan (park) is a bi-weekly market that takes place on Tuesday and Saturday where traders from different areas come to sell their goods including vegetables, grocery items, masala & spices, metal products(like utensils etc.), animal and their products like milk products, meat, fishes etc.
- Mach bazaar
It is located near Ghodaghat bridge where different types of fishes and prawns are sold.
- Naktiguda Haat
It is a small bajar located on NH-26 mainly known for Grocery and Vegetable items.
- Lal Bahadur Sashtri Stadium is the biggest stadium in Odisha according to the total field area. It is present near the Bhawani Talkies, Old cinema hall. The stadium has held various matches including the Ranji Trophy and the Kalahandi Cup. It is maintained by Kalahandi District Athletic Association. Various sports and athletic training are conducted including Cricket, football, Karate etc. There are also several tennis courts in the stadium.
- Indoor Stadium (Gymnasium Hall) is present near the LBS Stadium.
- The Reserve Police Stadium is the home ground of the Odisha Police.
- The Govt. Autonomous College Field is one of the largest field present as compared to all others in Bhawanipatana.
- D.I.E.T. Field is one of the biggest groud available in the city used for club cricket, volleyball and football games.
- Bhawani Talkies- It was the oldest cinema hall in the city present near L.B.S. Stadium with UFO technology. (Now Closed).
- Satyam Cinema- It is the biggest cinema hall in the city with UFO technology and Dolby Digital sound.
- New Star Cineplex- It is the Largest Multiplex of South-Western Odisha (KBK-South Odisha) with 4 screens (#3D technology) and total seating capacity of 385 with #Mall (New Fashion World), Restaurants, Gaming Zone and many more. It is situated near OMFED plant, SH-16 Raipur road, Bhangabari, Bhawanipatna.
Parks and Ecological Gardens
- Bhagirathi Park- Present near Shirdi Sai Mandir on SH-44 is a tourist attraction.
- Gandhi Pramod Udyaan- Situated near Statue Square.
- Ecological Park- One of the oldest park present on the outskirt of the city on NH-26.
- College of Agriculture, Bhawanipatna
- Government College of Engineering, Kalahandi Bhawanipatna
- Government Polytechnic College Bhawanipatna
General degree colleges
- Binayak Residential college, Bhawanipatna
- Government Autonomous College, Bhawanipatna
- Government Womens College Bhawanipatna
- Jayaprakash Sandhya Mahavidyalaya, Bhawanipatna
- Pragati Degree College, Bhawanipatna
- Saraswati Degree College, Bhawanipatna
- Sastriji Science College, Bhawanipatna
- Citizens' Model English Medium Academy, Bhawanipatna
- B.M. High School
- Delhi Public Kids & Primary School, Bhawanipatna
- Hi-Tech Public School Bhwanipatna
- Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bhawanipatna
- Manikeshwari High School
- Saraswati Sishu Vidya Mandir
- Satya Sai Vidya Mandir
- Shastriji model school.(English Medium)
- Shastriji Siksha Niketan. (Odia Medium)
- Vimala Convent School
- CROWN IT & MANAGEMENT, Mahavirpada, Near Maa Medical Store, Bhawanipatna
- NICE - National Institute of Computer Education.
There is a medical college and several hospitals including nursing homes in the city which provide good health care services in the city. There are many ambulance services like National Ambulance Service (dial 102,108), Janani Express running for health services. Recently State Government has announced a government Medical College in Kalahandi. In response 40 acres of land has been handed over to State Health Dept. for the infrastructure development in Bhangabari which is behind Bhawanipatna Ring Road (Proposed). It is adjacent to SH-16 (Proposed NH).
- Kalahandi Medical College & Hospital, Bhangabari, Bhawanipatna
State Government had signed with Vedanta Group to build a Medical College and 500 bedded Hospital at Bhangabari near Bhawanipatna. Recently MoU has been signed by State Government and Vedanta Group and land acquisition has been done and soon the work is going to be started.
- Sardar Rajas Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre (SRMCH)
SRMCH is located 17 km (11 mi) away from Bhawanipatna on NH-26, it was the only medical college in KBK region earlier enhancing health services in the region. It was established in 2009 with support from WODC and Government of Odisha for conducting Under-graduate Medical Courses.It is a self-financing medical institution with 100 seats. Its now abandoned and case is currently going on by the medical students against Sylvian Trust at Odisha High Court.
- District Headquarter Hospital
District Headquarter Hospital is the main backbone for the health services in the city and whole district. It has many wards for different kind of patients, there's also a Radio Therapy and Regional Diagnostic centre in the hospital. There is also a blood bank in the hospital campus. Currently a new 6-storey hospital building is under construction.
- Maa Manikeswari Multispeciality Hospital
Earlier known as Life Worth Hospital it was established in 2004 at Bhawanipatna loacated near Ghodaghat Chowk (SH-16). It was a branch of Life Worth Super Specialty Hospital present at Raipur. Later it was renamed as Maa Manikeswari Multispeciality Hospital at Bhawanipatna is having all the necessary facilities required during emergency.
- Police Hospital
Situated in Armed Reserve Police Campus near College Chowk, Bhawanipatna.
- Balaji Nursing Home
Near Balaji Mandir Pardeshi Para Bhawanipatna
- Surakhya Nursing Home
Near Red Cross Kalyan Mandap Bhawanipatna
- Jagannath Netralaya Eye Hospital
Near Balaji Mandir Pardeshi Para Bhawanipatna
Utkela Airstrip (VEUK) is present near the city (22 km, 14 mi) which is scheduled to be operational with daily flights to state capital Bhubaneshwar and Raipur in the coming month of September by private air service provider Air Odisha under UDAN scheme by Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India. Another one, Lanjigarh Airstrip (58 km, 36 mi) is private airstrip conducting VIP and chartered planes. Other nearby Airport are Swami Vivekananda Airport at Raipur, Chhattisgarh is 262 km (163 mi) away. Biju Patnaik International Airport in the state capital, Bhubaneswar is 427 km away by road and 631 km by rail.
Bhawanipatna railway station was inaugurated on 12 August 2012. It is situated on Lanjigarh-Junagarh rail line. Currently there are 3 trains (1 express and 2 passengers) running from Bhawanipatna to Bhubanneshwar, Raipur and Sambalpur.
Highways connecting Bhawanipatna to various cities :
- NH-26 - Bargarh - Bolangir - Bhawanipatna - Nabarangpur - Koraput - Vizianagram - Natavalsa
- SH-16 - Bhawanipatna - Borda - Khariar - Raipur
- SH-6 - Bhawanipatna - Chatiguda - Ambodala - Muniguda
- SH-44 - Bhawanipatna - Gunupur - Thuamul Rampur - Kashipur - Tikri
Bhawanipatna Bus Stand is one of the biggest bus stand in Odisha present on NH-26. Both Private and Govt. buses are available from here. Bhawanipatna is one of the division of Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (O.S.R.T.C.) that runs Govt. Buses from Bhawanipatna to Bhubaneshwar, Vishakhapatnam, Sambalpur, Berhampur, Cuttack, Jeypore. Private Buses (A/C Sleeper Coaches) provide transportation facility to different cities in Odisha and Raipur, Durg etc. in Chhattisgarh. Newly added taxi facility and auto facility including Biju Gaon Gadi throughout Bhawanipatna and villages nearer to it, is adding an advantage to the transport facility.
- Rindo Majhi: A freedom fighter in Odisha, who started the Kondha revolution against the British in 1853.
- Bhubaneswar Behera: Engineer, academic, administrator and author.
- Ram Chandra Patra, IAS (retd.): (1919-2013) Bureaucrat, social worker, and administrator acknowledged for his simplicity and administration, and for taking initiative in the Indravati project. He was the first IAS from Kalahandi.
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Power and transmission
There is also a Sub-station in Naktiguda, Bhawanipatna. It is maintained by Western Electricity Supply Company of Odisha
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