Kashipur, Rayagada

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Small Township
Kashipur is located in Odisha
Location in Odisha, India
Kashipur is located in India
Kashipur (India)
Coordinates: 19°22′00″N 83°08′00″E / 19.36667°N 83.13333°E / 19.36667; 83.13333Coordinates: 19°22′00″N 83°08′00″E / 19.36667°N 83.13333°E / 19.36667; 83.13333
Country India
 • TypeDemocratic
 • OfficialOdia
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationOD

Kashipur is a block & tahasil in Rayagada district in the Indian state of Odisha. It is known for the Utkal Aluminium International Limited (UAIL)[1][2]


A civil unrest incident occurred on 1 December 2004,[3][4][5] when the police led an attack on a demonstration in the village of Kucheipadar,[6] near the proposed aluminum plant of Utkal Alumina International Limited[7] at Doraguda.[8][9]


Kashipur is 75 km west of Rayagada, and 452 km from Bhubaneswar. The district headquarters of Kalahandi is approximately 65 km from the main township.


The nearest railway station is Tikiri and the nearest Airport is Jeypore.

It is connected by road to the major cities and towns of Odisha and Bhawanipatna Multiple options connect other cities of south Odisha, such as, Koraput, Berhampur and Nawarangpur.

Kashipur is surrounded by dense forests, and numerous cliffs, providing natural resources and scenic beauty. Cherkata waterfall is about 10 km from the township. Derakona waterfall is around 20 km away in the densely forested Sunger area, a proposed site of L&T Ltd. factories.


Government facilities include:

  • Block Headquarters office
  • Police Station (Thana)
  • Tahasil Office
  • Post Office
  • Community Health Centre (CHC)


  • Lord Jagannath temple at the King's old palace.
  • Maa Manikeswari temple
  • Maa Thakurani temple
  • Lord Shiva temple
  • Lord Hanuman Temple


Rath-yatra (The Cart Festival) attracts around 50,000 people celebrated in the Hindu Month of Ashadha (mid June – mid July).

During October, Dusshera Puja is celebrated. On the day of Vijayadashami there is a tradition of Lakha Mara (adopted for Maa Manikeswari from Kalahandi's Tradition)

Other festivals include Maha Shivaratri, Dipavali and Holi.


Jhodia, Kondha[10][11] make up the majority of the 11,809 residents as per 2011 census,[12] Odia is the predominant language. The total Block population is around 73,000.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ""Utkal Alumina, Kashipur"". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  2. ^ "PUCL Bulletin" Archived 16 September 2018 at the Wayback Machine Writ petition on Maikanch firing
  3. ^ "The Hindu on Kashipur" l
  4. ^ "Rayagada firing: panel for balance between growth, eco-protection". The Hindu. 16 October 2003. Archived from the original on 13 January 2004. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  5. ^ Sarangi, Deba Ranjan (2002). "Surviving against Odds: Case of Kashipur". Economic and Political Weekly. 37 (31): 3239–3241. ISSN 0012-9976. JSTOR 4412437.
  6. ^ "Kashipur on fire"
  7. ^ "UAIL"
  8. ^ " A report on mining and human rights violation at Kashipur"
  9. ^ "PUCL" Archived 15 September 2018 at the Wayback Machine Fact finding report
  10. ^ " Tribes of Rayagada"
  11. ^ "Tribals of Rayagada district"
  12. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.

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