Rajgangpur

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Rajgangpur
Town
Rajgangpur is located in Odisha
Rajgangpur
Rajgangpur
Location in Odisha, India
Rajgangpur is located in India
Rajgangpur
Rajgangpur
Rajgangpur (India)
Coordinates: 22°12′00″N 84°34′59″E / 22.20°N 84.583°E / 22.20; 84.583Coordinates: 22°12′00″N 84°34′59″E / 22.20°N 84.583°E / 22.20; 84.583
Country India
StateOdisha
DistrictSundargarh
Population (2011)
 • Total51,362
Languages
 • OfficialOdia
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Websiteodisha.gov.in

Rajgangpur is an industrial town situated in the Sundargarh District of Odisha. It is located 400 km to the north-west of the capital city, Bhubaneswar. It is located 40 km east of Rourkela. It is accessible by both road and rail. Rajgangpur Railway Station is on Raigarh-Rourkela line. Regular buses are available to Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela and Angul. The nearest functional airport BirsaMunda Airport is at Ranchi. Places of tourist interest in the vicinity include Mandira Dam, Chhatri Hill, Darjeeng, Vedvyas and Khandahar.

History[edit]

Rajgangpur derived its name from the erstwhile princely state of Gangpur Estate. This town was transferred from Commissioner of Chhotanagpur to Odisha Division in the year 1905.

Demographics[edit]

As of the 2001 India census,[1] Rajgangpur had a population of 43,912. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Rajgangpur has an average literacy rate of 68%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 74%, and female literacy is 62%. In Rajgangpur, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.

The main language spoken by the inhabitants of this town are Oriya, Hindi, Urdu, Sadri. The main source of job creation in the town are the industries in and around the town.

Tribals[edit]

Rajgangpur has a large tribal population, dominated by Kisan, Gond, Oraons, Munda, Kharias and other tribals. Their main occupation is farming. The tribals also work in nearby factories and also hold a lot of government jobs. The tribal men and women are hardworking and they enjoy singing and dancing using Mandar, Dholki, Nagra and Muhuri. Education, medical facilities, clean drinking water and social justice are of major concern to the tribals, as they have scant access to these resources.

Festivals[edit]

People of different faiths stay in Rajgangpur (RGP) like Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Sikh. Some of the festivals that Hindus celebrate are Cart festival, Ganesh puja, Ramnavami, Durga puja, Janmastami, Shivaratri, etc. Festivals celebrated by Christians include Christmas and Easter. The important festivals that Muslims celebrate are Id ul fitr (Id), Id ul zuha (Bakrid)& Id miladun nabi. Urs festival also celebrated at Lal Baba's Dargah

Business[edit]

Rajgangpur has a good market place. It has number of stores for each category. Nearby villages rely on Rajgangpur Town for their trading activities and regular needs as well. The Town Has Always been known for the producing the best business leaders throughout. Very Small Companies are there with all the ample potential to lead, one goes with the name MSA ENGINEERS & CONTRACTORS CO.It is assumed that in the near future the town will give tough business competition to Rourkela, may surpass them.

Medical[edit]

Rajgangpur Government Hospital is located in the heart of the town with ample facilities for patients.

Transport[edit]

Rajgangpur is well connected with Sundargarh and Rourkela through the State Highway No. 10 and is also well connected with the Odisha state capital Bhubaneswar. Rajgangpur is a station on the Tatanagar–Bilaspur section of Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line.

Schools[edit]

And more than 15 M.E. schools

Higher Secondary and College[edit]

  • Dalmia Vidya Mandir (CBSE)
  • Nirmala English School (ISC)
  • Sri Aurobindo Integral Education & Research Centre (CBSE)
  • Saraswati Vidya Mandir (CBSE)
  • Dalmia College (CHSE)http://www.dalmiacollegergp.ac.in/
  • Sarbati Devi Women's College (CHSE) http://www.sdwcrgp.com
  • Om maa saraswati institute of science and technology(CHSE)

Entertainment[edit]

Currently there are two radio channels operating in Rajgangpur which has its radio stations in Rourkela. There is currently one single screen movie theater namely Milan Talkies and another movie theater is under construction. There is also a Cable TV network in Rajgangpur named Satellite Club. Apart from these during various religious festivals plays are also held at town community centre and OCL colony auditorium.

Religious sites[edit]

Ghoghar Dham is a sacred place located 8 km towards north from Rajgangpur. It is famous for its Shiv Temple & Hilltop. In the month of Shravan a lot of pilgrims & kawadias visit the temple. The newly renovated Durga mandir is one of the best temple with its finest work of Glass Art. Dalmia Mandir located at the center of the town & managed by OCL India Ltd is a beautiful temple of Shiva, Ram, Laxman, Goddess Sita & Radha Krishna. It is surrounded by a beautiful flower park. Beside this there are two churches too. There is also a temple of Hanuman situated just beside the "Baba Talab".

Politics[edit]

Current MLA from Rajgangpur (ST) Assembly Constituency is Gregory Minz of INC, who won the seat in State elections in 2004. Previous MLAs from this seat were Mangala Kisan who won this seat representing BJD in 2000, representing JD in 1995 and in 1990, representing JNP in 1985, Mukharam Naik of INC(I) in 1980 and Brajamohan Kishan of JNP in 1977.[2]

Rajgangpur is part of Sundargarh (Lok Sabha constituency).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  2. ^ "State Elections 2004 - Partywise Comparison for 137-Rajgangpur Constituency of Odisha". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-09-17.
  3. ^ "Assembly Constituencies - Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies of Odisha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-11-08. Retrieved 2008-09-17.