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|Elevation||122 m (400 ft)|
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Being the Business centre of Nayagarh, Itamati reserves a marketplace in the centre of the Village. The marketplace covers a large area starting from Park Lane to Itamati Panchayat. Durga Bazar, Laxmi Bazaar and Ganesh Bazaar are the oldest (100 years of old) of all which holds some ancient shops.
The Utkal Ghanta Kabi Jadumani Mahapatra was born at Itamati in the year 1783 and died in 1868. He was the principal poet during the rule of king Binayak Singh Mandhata. Bidyadhar Mohapatra of Mandhatapur was his Sanskrit grammar teacher. Kabi Jadumani wrote Raghab Bilasa and Prabandha Purnachandra. He is one of the best poets of Orissa. His creations could be compared with that of Kabisamrat Upendra Bhanja.
Itamati has one degree college, one junior college, three high schools and six upper primary schools. Some of the educational institutes are:
- Baman Abakash Boys High School
- Narayani Girls Govt. High School
- Itamati M.E. School
- Panadevi U.P. School
- Narayani U.P. School
- Sri Aurobinda Integral School
- Saraswati Shishu Mandir
There are 2 colleges in Itamati: Itamati College of Education & Technology (ICET) (Junior College) and Bansidhar Mahavidyalaya (Degree College).
Gods and temples
Itamati has a large number of temples. Some important ones are:
- Satyanarayan Temple also along with Lord Shiva Temple near Itamati Gram Panchayat.
- Maa Narayani Temple and Lord Shiva Temple, Sani Temple near Gouda Sahi.
- Jagannath temple in between Jagannath Sahi and Mohanty Sahi.
- Gopinath Temple in Deula sahi and Radhakrishana Temple in Kansari Sahi.
- Chitrakuta Bihari matha in Pradhan Sahi and Radhakanta matha in Behera Sahi.
- Danda Kamana Temples in Tanti Sahi, Paika Sahi and Khatia Sahi.
- Maa Kali Temple in Ratnapur Patana (Badatangi Patana).
- Maa Mangala Temple near the entrance of Itamati (from Bhubaneswar) in the way to Narayani Patana (Tangi Tota).
The well known festivals in Itamati are "Panchu Dola" and "Dasha Dola". The festival continues for four days. There are large swings for children, famous opera parties hold shows during the nights. People of Itamati are very eager to view such Opera shows. Dash Dola comes 10 days after Dola Purnima (Holi), in Chaitra Masa of the Oriya calendar (March and April). Rath Yatra (Car festival of Lord Jagannath), Jhulan Yatra, Danda Yatra. Danda Yatra begins on an auspicious day before Mahabishuba Sankranti.The last day is known as Meru parva. People enjoy Danda Nacha during night of the frestival. Udanda, Ganesh Puja, Laxmi Puja, Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Khudurukuni, Ramanavami, and Ram Charita Manas (9 days) are the other famous festivals of Gods and are celebrated with great pump and show in Itamati. Also Itamati people celebrate the jayanti of Utkal Ghanta Jadumani Mahapatra every year on 8th of January.
Itamati is sub-divided into 21 wards and 20 Sahi's. Some of the Sahi are Ratnapur Patna (Bada Tangi Patna), Sana Tangi Patana (Mathurapur Patna), Paika Sahi, Tanti Sahi, Pradhan Sahi, Nahara Sahi, Kansari Sahi, Teli Sahi, Khatia Sahi, Jagati Patna, Sana Harijan Sahi, Deula Sahi, Sundhi Sahi, Bada Harijan Sahi, Ek Dalia Sahi, Jagannath Sahi, Mohanty Sahi, Behera Sahi, Narayani Patna (Tangi Tota), Dengera Godi, Pratap Prasad (Majuriapalli). Of these, Ratnapur Patna is the largest among them containing 2 wards.
Several tubewells are present in every sahi of Itamati. The road of several sahis are modified during "Pradhanamantri Gramya Sadaka Jojana" initiated by Atal Behari Bajpayee in India. Several ponds (Badakalamai, Sanakalamai, Rajahuda, Badhi, Dangi, Jharana, and Pachari) are also present in Itamati which serve the bathing purpose of Itamati people. One of the distributary of great river Mahanadi passes through Pandusara and Champatipur which are the nearby villages of Itamati and serves the water distribution purpose to some cultivated lands as canal systems are available to few cultivated lands.
Manoj Kumar Sahoo was elected as sarapancha of Itamati during the 2012 election.
- Wikimapia - http://wikimapia.org/4611254/Itamati
- India9 - http://www.india9.com/i9show/Itamati-84149.htm
- Maplandia - http://www.maplandia.com/india/orissa/puri/itamati/