Dharamgarh

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Dharamgarh is a small town in Kalahandi district of Odisha. It is one amongst the three Notified Area Councils in Kalahandi. It is the headquarter of Dharamgarh subdivision. It is also referred to as Dharmagarh or Dharmagada.

Dharamgarh is known as the granary of the Kalahandi district.[1]

The Dharamgarh Sub-Division of Kalahandi includes Golamunda, Koksara, Jaipatna, Kalampur, Junagarh and Dharamgarh Blocks.

History and economy[edit]

Bandhkana, Dharamgarh sub-division

Dharamgarh became a sub-divisional headquarter in post-independence period when Kalahandi joined Odisha state. Dharamagrh sub-division is historically well known for rice production in the region. This region was known as Puel Pahar, which symbolises production of more straw and paddy. In post Upper Indravati irrigation project it is among the leading rice producing sub-divisions in Odisha. Kalahandi contributed largest number of rice mills, out of which majority of the rice mills are in Dharamgarh sub-division.

Temples and monuments[edit]

Shiva Temple in Bhimkhoj Dharamgarh
Bhima Kunda (Foot Print of Bhima from Mahabharat)in Bhimkhoj Dharamgarh
  • Bhimkhoj Shiva Temple: This is one of the popular religious site in the region. The Bhima Kunda present near the Shiva temple is believed to be the foot print of Bhima, so the name of village Bhimkhoj (Footprint of Bhima from Mahabharat) is derived from the mythological footprint of Bhima. Recently Nagabom has a quite popular festival associated with this temple.
  • Paradeswar Temple: It is among the few, perhaps 3, shiva temples in the world where the Linga is made of mercury known as Rasalingam.
  • Radha Krishna Temple:
  • Jagannath Temple
  • Indravati Shiv & Vaishnodevi Temple
  • Bhandargharen Temple
  • Sri Aurobindo Relics Center:The sacred relics of Mahayogi Sri Aurobindo and The Divine Mother Sri Maa installed here on 4 February 2002
Sri Aurobindo Kendra, Dharamgarh
SHRINE of Sri Aurobindo Relics Centre, DHARAMGARH
Sri Aurobindo Pathachakra, Dharamgarh
Sri Aurobindo Pathachakra Photo

Paradeswer Temple

Tourist attraction[edit]

  • Dokhri Chanchra Water Fall: This fall is situated about 20 km from Dharamgarh. It has one of the best scenic view with nature, forest and mountains surrounding it.
  • Gudahandi Historical Site: Gudahandi is situated in about 20 km from Dharamgarh in the border to Koraput district. In the Gudahandi hills are some ancient caves bearing pictographic paintings of remote antiquity.
  • Ampani: Ampani hills present a panoramic view of nature. It is also famous for Budharaja Temple and waterfall, located about 40 km from Dharamgarh.
  • Chura Pahad: Locally known as Chora Dangar is a beautiful place with forest, mountains and springs situated about 15 km from Dharamgarh.
  • Junagarh: This historical town in Kalahandi is just situated 15 km from Dharamgarh. Junagarh used to be capital of Kalahandi before Bhawanipatna. It has famous Lankeswari temple, Dadhimana temple and Kanak Durga temple.
  • Indravati Lake: Indravati lake popularly known as Indravati Dam is situated in Mukhiguda. The hydroelectricity power station at Mukhiguda is known to be one of the largest in Asia. This lake is surrounded by forest and mountains giving a beautiful scenic view for nature lovers.

Administration[edit]

Designation Incumbent
Sub Collector Dr Yedulla Vijay (IAS)
BDO Sri Padmanabh Samantaray (OAS)
SDMO Sri Ashok Agrawal
Tahasildar

Judiciary[edit]

Designation Incumbent
ADJ Shri Ananda Chandra Behera
Civil Judge (Senior Division) Shri Sunil Kumar Das
SDJM Shri Biswoprakash Ray

Politics[edit]

Dharamgarh is a Vidhan Sabha constituency of Kalahandi district, Odisha. Constituency No: 79

This constituency includes Dharamgarh block, Kalampur block, Koksara block, and 2 Gram panchayats (Bandigaon and Ranamal) of Jaipatana block.

In 2014 election, Biju Janata Dal candidate Puspendra Singh Deo defeated Bharatiya Janta Party candidate Rabindra Pattjoshi by a margin of 16,158 votes.

In 2009 election, Biju Janata Dal candidate Puspendra Singh Deo defeated Indian National Congress candidate Rahasbihari Behera by a margin of 22,906 votes.

Past Elections[edit]

Fourteen elections have been held between 1957 and 2014. Elected members from the Dharamgarh Constituency are:

  • 2014: Puspendra Singh Deo (BJD)
  • 2009: Puspendra Singh Deo (BJD)
  • 2004: Bira Sipka (BJD)
  • 2000: Bira Sipka (BJD)
  • 1995: Bira Sipka (Janata Dal)
  • 1990: Bharat Bhusan Bemal (Janata Dal)
  • 1985: Jugaram Behera (Congress)
  • 1980: Gajanan Nayak (Congress)
  • 1977: Gajanan Nayak (Congress)
  • 1974: Dayanidhi Naik (Swatantra Party)
  • 1971: Lochan Dhangada Majhi (Swatantra Party)
  • 1967: Lochan Dhangada Majhi (Swatantra Party)
  • 1961: Mukund Naik (Ganatantra Parishad)

2014 Election Candidates[edit]

2014 Vidhan Sabha Election, Dharamgarh
Party Candidate Votes % ±
AAP Bishnu Prasad Agrawal
AOP Shyam Sundar Panda
BJD Puspendra Singh Deo 59931
BJP Rabindra Pattjoshi 43773
BSP Sibaram Naik
INC Tushar Ranjan Pattjoshi
CPI Sushanta Kumar Naik
SP Dhanugopal
SKD Kuber Sahu
SAMO Digambar Duria
Kalinga Sena Akrur Prasad Sethia
Registered electors

Notified Area Council[edit]

Designation incumbent
Chairperson Sushree Hira Bag
Vice-Chairperson Shri Ashok Mohanty
Executive Officer Shri Ishwar Pujari

Councillors List[edit]

Wards Councillor Party Area
Ward No: 01 Swarnalata Das BJD Bhimkhoj Pada, Arabinda Pada
Ward No: 02 Pushpanjali Nayak BJD Bazaar Pada, Basti Pada
Ward No: 03 Hira Bag BJD Harizan Pada, Teen Chhak, Marwari Pada
Ward No: 04 Ashok Mohanty BJD Jagannath Pada, Arabinda Pada (Part)
Ward No: 05 Pradeep Rout BJD Tentuliapada
Ward No: 06 Maya Naik BJD Revenue Colony (Part), Malipada
Ward No: 07 Janhavi Naik BJD Revenue Colony (Part), Kendumundi Pada
Ward No: 08 Bibek Mishra BJD ST School to College Road
Ward No: 09 Banita Lahjal BJD College Pada, Salekela Pada, Block Colony
Ward No: 10 Manjulata Hans INC Kasibahal Bastipada & BrahmanPada
Ward No: 11 ChandraSekhar Bihari BJD Indravati Colony
Ward No: 12 Bhabeswar Bhoi BJD Talpadar, Malipada, Telipada, Goud Pada, Paradeswar Mandir Pada
Ward No: 13 Nathuram Naik BJD Kebidi Left
Ward No: 14 Dingardhar Nayak BJD Kebidi Right

Festivals[edit]

  • Kalahandi Utsav: Kalahandi Utsav[2] is celebrated every year in Dharamgarh along with Bhawanipatna.
  • Ghanta Jatra
  • Bhandargharen Puja
  • Nagabom
  • Nuakhai
  • Dasahara: It is an important festival of the region

Hospitals nearby[edit]

  • Sub-Divisional Headquarters Hospital, Dharamgarh
  • Sardar Raja Medical College, Jaring
  • District Headquarters Hospital, Bhawanipatna
  • Life Worth Hospital, Bhawanipatna
  • CHC, Junagarh

Educational institutions[edit]

Schools[edit]

  • K D M E School Dharamgarh
  • Government High School Dharamgarh
  • Vocational Train College
  • Government Girl's High School Dharamgarh
  • Sri Aurobindo Center Of Integral Education, Dharamgarh
  • Gurugeeta Public School,Dharamgarh
  • El Nissi Mission School Dharamgarh
  • Saraswati sishu vidya mandir Dharamgarh
  • Sanskaar Public School
  • Scholar Model School
  • Gurukul Public School, Dharamgarh.
  • Kashibahal High School
  • Central school

College and Technical Institution[edit]

  • Akash College of Science (Junior)
  • Panchayat College Dharamgarh (Junior)
  • Panchayat College Dharamgarh (Senior)
  • Women's College Dharamgarh (Junior)
  • Women's College Dharamgarh (Senior)
  • Vocational Higher Secondary School Dharamgarh
  • Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Law College Dharamgarh
  • Industrial Training Institute

List of Banks[edit]

  • State Bank of India - Main Branch
  • State Bank of India - Bazaar Pada Branch
  • Axis Bank
  • Indian Overseas Bank (IOB)
  • Bank of Baroda (BOB)
  • DCB Bank
  • Utkal Grameen Bank (UGB)
  • Co-Operative Bank
  • CARD Bank

Important Offices[edit]

  • Sub-Collector Office
  • Tehsil Office
  • Block Office
  • SDO, Public Works Department (PWD)
  • SDO, Rural Water Supply & Sanitation (RWSS)
  • SDO, BSNL Office
  • SDO, Electric Office
  • Child Development Project Office (CDPO)
  • District Agriculture Office
  • EE, MI Office
  • Sub Registrar Office
  • Sub Treasury Office
  • Assistant Civil Supply Office (ACSO)
  • Horticulture Office
  • Election Office
  • Police Station
  • Office of SDPO
  • RI Office
  • Superintendent, Sub-Jail

Issues & Demands[edit]

  • Daily Market/Vending Zone
  • Issue of Birth & Death Certificate by NAC

References[edit]

External links[edit]