Bhawanipatna Clockwise from top left: Doordarshan Tower, Phurlijharan, Durga Mandap (Big Ben of Bhawanipatna), Manikeshwari Mandir, Bhawanipatna Railway Station, Bhawanipatna Bus Stand
|• Type||Local (Municipality)|
|• Body||Bhawanipatna Municipal Committee|
|• Chairman||Aditya Nanda|
|• Collector & District Magistrate||D. Brunda,IAS|
|• Superintendent of Police||Brijesh Kumar Rai,IPS|
|• Member of the Legislative Assembly||Anam Naik|
|• Member of Parliament||Arka Keshari Singhdeo|
|Elevation||248 m (814 ft)|
|• Official||English, Odia|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Bhawanipatna(ଭବାନୀପାଟଣା) 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 Odisha.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography and Climate
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Language and literature
- 5 Politics
- 6 Areas of Bhawanipatna
- 7 Tourism
- 8 Media and Broadcasting
- 9 Festivals
- 10 Market
- 11 Sports
- 12 Entertainment
- 13 Education
- 14 Health Care
- 15 Transport
- 16 Notable Personalities
- 17 Power and Transmission
- 18 Upcoming Projects
- 19 References
- 20 External links
Kalahandi region had a glorious past and great civilisation in ancient time. Archaeological record of Tel valley reveals the presence of the primates in its various zones during the Pleistocene phase. Paleolithic is being documented in Kalahandi, like Moter river basin in Dharamgarh region. One of the largest size axe of late stone age culture has been recovered from Kalahandi. Tel river civilisation put light towards a great civilisation existing in Kalahandi in the past that is recently getting explored. The archaeological wealth of Tel Valley suggests that a civilised, urbanised, cultured people inhabited on this land mass around 2000 years ago, with Asurgarh as its capital. Kalahandi, along with Koraput and Bastar, was part of Kantara referred in Ramayana and Mahabharata. In 4th century B.C., the Kalahandi region was known as Indravana from where precious gem-stones and diamond were collected for the imperial Maurya treasury. During the period of Maurya emperor Ashoka, Kalahandi along with Koraput and Bastar region was called Atavi Land. This land was unconquered as per Ashokan record. In the beginning of Christian era, it was probably known as Mahavana. In 4th Century A.D., Vyaghraraja was ruling over Mahakantara comprising Kalahandi, undivided Koraput and Bastar region. Asurgarh was the capital of Mahakantara. After Vyaghraraja, Nala kings like Bhavadatta Varman, Arthapati and Skanda Varman ruled over the south part of this region up to about 500 A.D. The territory was known as Nalavadi-visaya and the rest of Mahakantara, the lower part of Tel river valley was ruled by king Tastikara and his scions, the kingdom was known as Parvatad-waraka, whose headquarters was Talabhamraka near Belkhandi. In the 6th century a new kingdom developed in the Kalahandi tract under King Tustikara, but very little is known about other kings of his family. Maraguda valley was identified as capital of Sarabapuriyas. During Sarabapuriyas in the 6th century, Kalahandi lost its political entities and merged with eastern part of South Kosal or Kosal. But this was also for a short period as in succeeding phase it assumed a distinct name Trikalinga. By the 9th–10th centuries the region including Western Odisha, Kalahandi, Koraput and Bastar was known as Trikalinga. The Somavamsi king Mahabhavagupta I Janmejaya (925 – 960) assumed the title Trikalingadhipati. Trikalinga was short lived and Chindakangas carved out a new kingdom called Chakrakota Mandala or Bramarakota Mandala, which later one expanded to whole Kalahandi and Koraput.
The Naga dynasty started ruling Kalahandi in 1006. The Nagas of Kalahandi are the only dynasty in Odisha having a record of thousand years (1050–1948). During the 12th century Chkrakota Mandal was incorporated with the Ganga realm of Kalinga, and renamed "Kamala Mandala", thus Kalahandi region became part of Kalinga as a feudatory of the Eastern Gangas under Nagas rules and continued till 14th century. After 14th century Nagas owed allegiance from Eastern Gangas to the Suryavamsi Gajapatis. This territory assumed independence after the downfall of the Gajapatis of Odisha in 1568. According to tradition the Kalahandi kingdom commanded sovereign power over eighteen garbs. It was occupied by the Bhonslas of Nagpur in the middle of the 18th century but still it was a Gadajat under Nagas rule. In 1853 the Nagpur state lapsed to the British Crown as Raghujee III died without an heir. Then Kalahandi became a princely state under British and known as Karonda Mandal. Maharaja Pratap Keshari Deo, the Ex-Maharaja of Kalahandi, in one of his articles expressed his view that the historical significance of naming Kalahandi as Karunda Mandala is based on the availability of Corundum in this region. Manikeswari (the goddess of Manikya), the clan deity of the Naga kings of Kalahandi may have also necessitated the adoption of the name.
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. 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. Hindi is the second preferred language after Oriya. Some of the known and recognised writers, poet and dramatists from the region are Chaitanya Das, Pataraja Padman Singh, Maharaja Udit Pratap, Maharani Asha Kumari Devi, Rama Chandra Raiguru, Brajaraj Singhdeo, Bira Bikram Deo, Lai Rudra Madhab Deo, Gadadhar Mishra, Parsuram Mund, Dr. Someswar Behera, Kaviraj Prayagdutta Joshi, Anup Singhde, Prof. Bhubaneswar Behera, Prafulla Kumar Rath, Akhila Nayak, Bharat Majhi, Parameswar Mund, Dr Dola Govinda Bisi, Dr Hare Krushna Meher, and others. 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.
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
- Mandar Bagicha Para
- Mukti Nagar
- Nityananda Nagar
- Nua Para
- Odia Bangti Para
- Pardesi Para
- Purna Para
- Ram Nagar Para
- Ram Sagar Para
- Sambhu Nagar
- Shakti Nagar
- Shanti Nagar Pada
- Shastri Nagar
- Sitabordi Para
- Statue Para
- Tal Pada
- Tarni 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.
Manikeshwari Mandir is located in Kalahandi district of Odisha. The temple is located to the south 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. A film is also documented showing the ritual of animal sacrifice, before Goddess Manikeshwari.
Phurli Jharan is one of the most famous tourist spots in Kalahandi. Fifteen Kilometres from Bhawanipatna, Phurlijharan is a perennial water fall about 30 ft 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 from Bhawanipatna, the district headquarters of Kalahandi district.
The sanctuary covers an area of 255 km². 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.
Jakham is a tourist attraction on SH-44 (20 km away). It has a wooden guest house so that one can spent some time to feel natural beauty and glimpse of nature and wildlife.
Rabandhar is one of the most famous tourist spots near Bhawanipatna. 15 kilometres from city, Rabandhar is a perennial water fall about 13 ft in height and has a special charm of its own.
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 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 from a single reservoir with a live capacity of 1435.5 Mcum, 4.32 km. tunnel, a power house with installation of 4 units of 150 MW each turbines, 9 km. 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.
Media and Broadcasting
* Doordarshan Kendra (DD-6)
This 10 KW capacity Doordarshan kendra started functioning in 1992 is one of the few HPT centres among Sambalpur, Cuttack in Odisha. 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 98.3 FM)
All India Radio or Akashwani Bhawanipatna started on 30.12.1993 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.
* My Channel (Local Media Group)
Digital Cable tv and WiMax provider.
Digital Cable tv and Broadband provider.
- 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.
- 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)
- Ratha Yatra (June–July)
- Kalhandi Utsav (Jan-Feb)
- Kartik Purnima (Nov-Dec)
- Diwali (November)
- Holi (March)
- Gurunanak Jayanti
- Khalsa's birthday
- Ganesh puja
- Biswakarma puja
- Rakshya Bandhan
- Ram Navami
- Independence day
- Republic day
- Gandhi jayanti
- Ramzan & Eid
- Christmas (December)
- 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 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 is the oldest cinema hall in the city present near L.B.S. Stadium.
- Satyam Cinema- It is the biggest cinema hall in the city with UFO technology and Dolby Digital sound.
- New Star Cineplex- It is the first 3D Multiplex in KBK region situated near OMFED Diary, Raipur Rd. SH-16 with 3 screens and also having 3D proficiency, shoping mall, gaming zone and a restaurant in it.
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.
Higher Education (Technical/Non-technical Graduation)
- Government College of Engineering, Kalahandi
- Govt. Polytechnic College Kalahandi
- Kalahandi School of Engg & Technology
- Govt. Industrial Training Institute (I.T.I)
- Kalahandi I.T.I
- Swagat I.T.I
- Government Autonomous College, Bhawanipatna
- Govt. Women's College
- Govt. Agriculture College (O.U.A.T.)
- B.Ed College
- Pragati Degree College
- Saraswati +3 College
- Govt. Junior College, Bhawanipatna
- Jay Prakash Sandhya Mahavidyalaya (Evening College)
- Pragati Science College
- Saraswati Science College
- ABCS JUNIOR COLLEGE (+2 SCIENCE & COMMERCE)
- Shastriji Mahila Vidya Niketan (+2 Science college)
- Shastriji Shiksha Niketan
- SINAI INSTITUTE (+2 & HIGH SCHOOL)
- FR COMMERCE ACADEMY (+2 Commerce,B.Com,CA-CPT,INTER)
- Binayak Residential College ( Commerce and Science)
- Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bhawanipatna
- Manikeswari High School
- B.M High School
- Municipal High School
- Town High School
- Govt. Girls High School
- Town Girls High School
- Police High School
- Hi-Tech Public School, Bhawanipatna
- Saraswati Vidya Mandir (Braja Vihar)
- Saraswati Vidya Mandir (Balaji Vihar)
- Saraswati Vidya Mandir (Brundabati Vihar)
- Vimala Convent School
- Harvest Convent School
- Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre
- Sathya Sai VIdya Mandir.
- Citizens' Model English Medium Academy
- Swami Vivekanand Public School
- Arkabahali Para U.G.M.E School
- Red cross school for the Blind, Paaramanandapur
- Red Cross School for the Deaf & Dumb, Paramanandapur
- NSS,Banapur, Paramanandapur
- ABCS School
- SMI Concept School (CBSE)
- Shastriji Model school (CBSE)
- Tarini M.E. School
Computer and other Institutions
- HOME TUTORIAL, BHAWANIPATNA (Offers teachers at students doorstep) (visit http://hometutorial.co.in/ )
- CROWN IT & MANAGEMENT, At- Akhila Press, 1st Floor, Mahavir Pada, Satyam Cinema Road, Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi
- NICE Computers
- Reinz Academy
- OCSM Computer Education, BBC Pada, Bhawanipatna (PGDCA,DCA,TALLY,Hotel Management,Auto Cad, Mobile Repairing & etc.)
- Utkal Computer Academy, BBC Pada, Bhawanipatna (PGDCA,DCA,TALLY,Hotel Management,Auto Cad, Mobile Repairing & etc.)
- OACM(Odisha Art & Craft Mission), BBC Pada, Bhawanipatna (Ladies & Gents Tailoring Institute)
- MIIT BHAWANIPATNA (PGDCA,DCA,TALLY,etc)
- C-DAC computer (Near Girls High School) (offer PGDCA, DCA, TALLY, Hardware, JAVA, ADVANCE JAVA etc.)
- Utkal Public School, BBC Pada, Bhawanipatna (Play School Nursery, LKG & UKG)
- DOT INSTITUTE, BBC PADA, Bhawanipatna (PGDCA, Multimedia & Animation,Video editing, Web design,Java,Hardware,Tally,DTP)
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.
- Sardar Rajas Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre (SRMCH)
SRMCH is located 17 km away from Bhawanipatna on NH-26, it is the only medical college in KBK region enhancing health services in the region. It was established on 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.
- 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.
- Life Worth Hospital
Life Worth Hospital was established in 2004 at Bhawanipatna loacated near Ghodaghat Chowk (SH-16). It is a branch of Life Worth Super Specialty Hospital present at Raipur. Life Worth Hospital at Bhawanipatna is having all the necessary facilities required during emergency.
- Police Hospital
Situated in Armed Reserve Police Campus near College Chowk, Bhawanipatna. Contact no. 06670-230497
- 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(15 km) is operational with daily flights to state capital Bhubaneshwar by private air service provider Air Odisha. Another one, Lanjigarh Airstrip (FR44733) (58 km) is prvate airstrip conducting VIP and chartered planes. Other nearby Airport are Swami Vivekananda Airport at Raipur, Chhattisgarh is 262 km away. Biju Patnaik International Airport in the state capital, Bhubaneswar is 427 km away by road and 631 km by rail.
Air Odisha - Departure from Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar (BBI) between 12:40 PM to 12:45 PM
Arrival at Utkela Airport, (Bhawanipatna) (VEUK) between 13:50 PM to 13:55 PM
Air Odisha - Departure from Utkela Airport, (Bhawanipatna) (VEUK) between 14:00 PM to 14:05 PM
Arrival at Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar (BBI) between 15:10 PM to 15:15 PM
BWIP/Bhawanipatna was inaugurated on 12 Aug 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.
- 18437/Hirakhand Slip Express via VZM/Vizianagaram Junction , RGDA/Rayagada .
- 58208 JNRD RAIPUR PASS
- 58304 JNRD SBP PASS
Highways connecting Bhawanipatna to various cities :
Highway Connecting places
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. Luxury AC/Non AC Sleeper coaches are available to Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Puri and Raipur from Bhawanipatna. There are approx. 20-25 coaches running in these routes. 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. 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.
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- Rindo Majhi: A freedom fighter in Odisha, who started the Kondha revolution against the British in 1853.
- Sujit Meher Indian fashion designer and entrepreneur.
- 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.
- Prafulla Ratha: Awarded a natyarashmi for his contribution to Oriya drama.
- Dayanidhi Naik: Dalit leader and former minister from Kalahandi who became popular for his honesty, public service and road infrastructure development in the region
- Kishan Patnaik:  He was born in 1930 into a lower-middle-class family in Kalahandi. Mr Patnaik worked in the youth wing of Samajwadi Yuvjan Sabha and soon rose to become its National president. He was elected to Lok Sabha from Sambalpur at the age of 32 and was one of handful members who turned the Lok Sabha into a real forum to discuss matters of national importance. He was perhaps the first person to bring the issue of starvation death in Kalahandi to the Indian parliament. Mr. Patnaik never lost sight of this fundamental plight of rural India, and securing the right to livelihood for the people on the margin therefore always remained central to his politics and to his vision of development.
Power and Transmission
There is also a Sub-station in Naktiguda, Bhawanipatna. It is maintained by WESCO.
- Bhawanipatna Ring Road- From Dungripada Chowk (NH-26) - Atanguda (SH-44) - Govt. ITI Chowk (SH-6) - Parmanandpur Chowk (NH-26) - Bhangabari (SH-16) - Dungripada Chowk (NH-26).
- NH-26 Bypass- From Coca Cola Depo (on NH-26) to Bandhapala (on NH-26) via Kamthana (on SH-16)
- Four lanning of NH-26 (from Dungripada Chowk to Rail Fatak) and SH-44 (From Jail Chowk to Duarsani Chowk), Statue Chowk to Tarini Mandir via L.B.S. Stadium.
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Bhawanipatna
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