Mangalajodi

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Northern pintails at Mangalajodi

Mangalajodi is an olden village under Tangi, Odisha block in Khordha district of Odisha at the northern edge of Chilika Lake. Scenic beauty of this village and its vast wetland attracts the visitors. In 2017 this village is declared and functioning as a separate Grama Panchayat (Mangalajodi Grama Panchayat)

Nature[edit]

Its vast wetlands attract thousands of migratory birds, journey from as far different places of the world. Its wetlands 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.

Culture[edit]

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.

Education[edit]

There is in Mangalajodi, two primary schools, one Middle English School and one High School. Besides, six Anganwadi and Mini-Anganwadi schools are functioning. A literary Odia Magazine Banamallira Mahak is based upon Odia literature and culture has been published in Mangalajodi.

Antiquities[edit]

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. The ancient legend of these temples gives 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.

Industry[edit]

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

Transportation[edit]

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 NH16. 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 the Mr Sumanta Behera in village and an initiative supporters are Bakul Foundation, Satyanagar-16,Bhubaneswar-2)Utkal University, OUAT, Odisha, Ananda Agriculture University, IIMA and XIMB Aluminus and all calm as it was working for education, open library facilities and conduct awareness campaign to Bird poachers for protecting Birds 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 the creation of alternative livelihoods for the local community.

Northern pintail

Bird Images[edit]

Reference Links[edit]

Publications Mangalajodi Blog Mangalajodi Ecotourism Odisha Ecotourism