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Kukudakhandi popularly known as KKD is one of the significant town in the Kukudakhandi Tehsil of Ganjam district in the Indian State of Odisha. The village is 31.2 km from its district main sub-division Chatrapur and is 149 km from its State capital Bhubaneswar . KKD is more often considered as a part of the city Berhampur
Some of the villages around KKD with distance are Ramachandrapur (Baunsiapalli 1.2 km), Masiakhali (3.2 km), Dayapalli (3.7 km), Saradhapur (4 km), Badakhandi (4.3 km), Dakhinapur (5.6 km). Nearest Towns are Kukudakhandi (0 km), Hinjilicut (10.2 km), Sanakhemundi (12.7 km), Rangeilunda (16.6 km).
As the village is well connected to nearby Berhampur, many people rush to the city to get their daily rotis & butter as the city is seized with basketful opportunities. Most of the people in KKD are government employees and some get themselves involved in agricultural activities. Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy in the village. The farmers no longer limit their agricultural activities but they strive to get profit out of their labour.
The emergence of industrial kukudakhandi began in the early twenty-first century, with granite industries arriving. Kukudakhandi's proximity to Berhampur, good climate and availability of talent made it a destination for good firms.
A nation's future lies within its culture, inside its people and with its religious faith. Despite being a home to different religions, still the village is streamlined with peace and brotherhood. A great exchange of wishes in the occasions like Ganesh Puja. Diwali, Dushera, Makar Sankranti, Eid & Christmas are very special to see in the village always. About 90% people are Hindus. So regional festivals like Jhami yatra, Danda Yatra & Meru, Rath Yatra (Sri Jagannath Yatra) are very special to see.
Temples & Festivals
Village Kukudakhandi is a hub of temples. A number of temples are established in the village out of which Mukteswar Temple is very prominent. The brightening of those temples often occurs in the festivals like Ganesh Puja, Maha Shivratri, Diwali and the decorated stalls during Dushera.
10-day-long the festival of kukudakhandi Thakurani, popularly known as 'Thakurani Yatra' comes once in every five year. Initially the famous Thakurani yatra was started in Berhampur. According to some eminent historians, the cult of Buddhi Thakurani originated along with the emergence of Berhampur town in and around 1672 AD. Telugu Lengayat Dera (weaver) community, who came to Mahuri on the invitation of Raja Saheb of Mahuri to take up their profession of weaving, started their ‘Ghata Yatra’ (Pot Festival) for highlighting the divinity of Mahamayee Thakurani of his capital town Berhampur. The Chief of the Dera community, Kota Chandramani Kubera Senapati, led his community people to migrate to Mahuri and Berhampur who settle down into their hereditary profession of weaving tussar silken products or ‘patta matha’. The ‘Ghata Yatra’ was initiated for the purpose of highlighting the tradition of worshiping Thakurani. This later considered as Thakurani Yatra. Now this festival is not only celebrated in Berhampur but also in different parts across the district of Ganjam. Apart from Berhampur, people of kukudakhandi, Boirani(Kabisurya Nagar), BhanjaNagar, Asika, Chhatrapur also celebrate this festival as Thakurani Yatra.
Kukudakhandi yatra committee decides the date of the yatra. This year it was held from 20 May 2013 to 29 May 2013.
Some of the prominent places to visit near the village are;
- Silk city Berhampur
- Tara Tarini Temple
- Mahuri Kalua
- IRE Port
- Sonapur beach
- Siddha Vairabi Temple
Education is very prominent in Kukudakhandi. Increasing numbers of colleges, coaching centres & other educational institutions have extended the quality of education and this may possibly be the reason of why more individuals are working with MNCs in big cities as well as in foreign countries.
Schools in Kukudakhandi
- Girls Upper Primary(U.P) School
- Main Road U.P School
- Rathachakada Sahi U.P school
- Block School
- Indira Awas U.P School.
- M.E School
- Residential School
- Saraswati Sisu Mandir
- Govt High School
- Biju Patnaik Girls High School
Other prominent Schools nearby kukudakhandi
- Maa Aravind School
Colleges in Kukudakhandi & nearby
- Science College Kukudakhandi
- Sanjay Memorial Institute of Technology (SMIT)
- Govt. Ayurvedic College, Ankushpur
Offices in Kukudakhandi
- Tahsil Office
- RI Office
- BSNL Telephone Exchange
- Kukudakhandi Sub-Post office
- Govt Medical, Kukudakhandi
- Hotel nira (Famous rasogula)
- Sidhi Binayak Mobile Service & Communication
- Sontosh & amir Gift House