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Northern pintails at Mangalajodi

Mangalajodi is an olden village under Tangi, Orissa block in Khordha district of Orissa at the northern edge of Chilika Lake. Scenic beauty of this village and its vast wetland attracts the visitors.


Its vast wetlands attract thousands of migratory birds, journey from as far different places of the world. Its wetland now host more than 1.5 lakhs of birds in the peak season. November to March is a good time to visit for enjoying an amazing experience. Its importance as a significant global wetland habitat and declared as an International Bird Conservation Area.


A purple swamphen

This village is not only famous as a birding destination or Eco-tourism, but also ritual performances of villagers. Many occasions and festivals are celebrated in Mangalajodi. Danda Yatra is one of the oldest ritual occasions celebrated in the month of Chaitra, performed by the people of this village in an amazing way for imparting Indian culture and social-upliftment. Paika Akhada is another dance performed by some villagers.


Patita Paban Temple is an ancient and the biggest temple of this village. Besides this, Gupteswar Temple, Nilakathaswara Dev Temple, Gadiswar Dev Pitha, Maa Mangala Temple, Maa Brahmani Devi Temple, Maa Tara Devi Pitha and Maa Balimajhi Devi Temple are the famous religious spots of this village. Ancient legend of these temples give a unique religious status of Mangalajodi. Maa Balimajhi Devi Temple surrounds a local picnic spot of this village. The scenic beauty of this spot attracts everyone.


Country boat manufacturing units are established in this village and have supplied different types of wooden boats to government and public.


A boat in the Mangalajodi wetland

Mangalajodi is easy to reach by rail or road. The nearest passenger rail stop is Mukteswar PH, which is nearest to the Mangalajodi. The nearest bus stop is Tangi, 60 km from Bhubaneswar towards Berhampur through NH5. Kalupada Ghat railway station is another nearby railway station where some of the Express Trains stop.

Community Organisation[edit]

Society for education employment and empowerment was an institution has set-up by Mr Sumanta Behera and an initiative supporters are Bakul Foundation, Satyanagar-16,Bhubaneswar-2)IIMA and XIMB Alumni .All calm as it was working as for education, open library facilities and conducting awareness campaign to Bird poachers for protecting Birds on costal zone of chillika lake. Indian Grameen Services in partnership with RBS Foundation supported the community and capacitate them by establishing a community managed Ecotourism Trust in the name of "Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust" who are managing ecotourism at Mangalajodi, resulting creation of alternate livelihoods for the local community.

Northen pintail

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