Soro, Baleshwar

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Soro is located in Odisha
Location in Odisha, India
Coordinates: 21°17′N 86°41′E / 21.29°N 86.69°E / 21.29; 86.69Coordinates: 21°17′N 86°41′E / 21.29°N 86.69°E / 21.29; 86.69
Country  India
State Odisha
District Balasore
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 27,794
 • Official Oriya
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 756045
Telephone code 06788
Vehicle registration OD01
Sex ratio 986 /

Soro is a town and a municipality in Balasore district in the Indian state of Odisha. It is about 181 km from the capital of the state Bhubaneswar and 35 km from the district headquarters Balasore. Located on NH-5, the town is located midway between Balasore and Bhadrak towns.Soro along with neighboring towns contributes significantly towards the economy of Balasore district.


Some Historian believes that 'SORO' is named from the word 'SOREFAR'many many years before the Marahatta regime.There is a strong historical proof behind word 'SOREFAR' and it's link with the naming of 'SORO'.

But Some people says "Soro", earlier known as "Sura" named after the Marahatta chief Surasen. Neither they can provide any historical proof in this regard nor any glorious historical background with family history of 'SURSEN' exists.Still the topic is well debated among the residents of this town.


Soro is at 21°17′N 86°41′E / 21.29°N 86.69°E / 21.29; 86.69.[1] It has an average elevation of 3 metres (9 feet). The Bay Of Bengal is just about 20 km from the town. The scenic beauty of the hills of Deva Giri and Panchalingeswar stands just 5–7 km from the town. The river Kansabansa flows to he south of the town. Soro is surrounded by Simulia tahasil, Khaira tahasil, Bahanaga tahasil. Land is very fertile for growing crops, especially rice.

There is Prasar Bharati Radio Center in Madhusudanpur village in between Chakbarhapur & Meghamadhaba village which radio center is running under FM radio signal. Near radio center in Madhusudanpur village God RAUTA & Goddes RAUTANI is very femous there and also other temples are situated there like Shiv temple, Trinanth temple & Sanideva temple nearly established. Every year in Baisakha sankranti is observed there very cheerfully which is known as Uda Parva in Madhusudanpur village traditionly known as Panchupada Grama. A Hanuman temple is situated in Eksaya village near Madhusudanpur.


As of 2011 India census,[2] Soro had a population of 27,794. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Soro has an average literacy rate of 68%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 75%, and female literacy is 60%. In Soro, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Soro is booming nowadays in terms of trade/ business. It has no fewer than 5,000 shops. So many other small markets and businessman are dependent on this market. Soro has two business areai.e. Adang bazar and Uttareswar. Mainly these markets are popular for their business transaction. The Soro market is famous for its fresh Hilsa Fishes & Farm Vegetables sold by the local community from nearby villages.


Soro town contains 5 colleges and 6 high schools and about 20 M.E. schools which spread the light of education not only in the town but in the surrounding areas also. Upendra Nath College ( is the premier college of the town which holds the dignity of being the best college in the locality as well as among the colleges affiliated to F.M.University. It is located by the N.H.-5. Soro women's college situated near Idga Maidan( court chhak) is the only college offering higher education strictly for girls. both the college have two wings viz. +2 and +3. Some new Residential Colleges for +2 education have been opened in the year 2013 In secondary education, the town has created a unique place of its own in the state. Satyananda High school located at Mubarak pur, established in 1939, prior independence era is regarded as one of the best schools of the state. Radhanath Vidya Pitha situated on the heart of the town medical square is the other prestigious school of the state. established in 1983 the school is very nearer to Masjid Ahmadiyya soro. Panchanan high school, Badkhuri, NAC High school, Ghodasahi, Hazra Begam High school, Hema prava High school are the other notable High schools of Soro. "Santaragadia" is a very well known town nearer to Soro Tahsil. It is 8 km from Soro. Odisha Village Road connects Soro to Santaragadia. Santaragadia is a very famous market around this tehsil. There were freedom fighters like Bhagwan Pradhan (Patanapada), Baidyanath Panigrahi.

Panchalingeswar is 12 km from Soro. It is famous for Place of "Lord Shiva temple" and waterfall on hillside. Baula gadia, 7 km from Soro, is famous for stone carving works.

In a larger sense, however, place-based education seeks to help communities through employing students and school staff in solving community problems.


Soro is one of the Vidhan Sabha seat of Odisha. Current MLA from Soro Assembly Constituency is Parshuram Dhada of BJD, who won the seat in State elections in 2014. Other previous MLAs from this seat were 2009: Surendra prasad Parmink of INC 2004: Kartik Mohapatra (Congress) 2000: Kartik Mohapatra (Congress) 1995: Kartik Mohapatra (Congress) 1990: Kartik Mohapatra (Congress) 1985: Jadunath Das Mohapatra (Congress) 1980: Pitambar Panda (CPI) 1977: Haraprasad Mahapatra (Janata Party) 1974: Jadunath Das Mohapatra (Congress) 1971: Jadunath Das Mohapatra (Utkal Congress) 1967: Harekrushna Mahatab (Swatantra) 1961: Karunakar Panigrahi (Congress) 1957: Nilambar Das (Congress) 1951: Nanda Kishore Das (Congress) [3][4]

Soro is part of Bhadrak (Lok Sabha constituency).[5] earlier it was the part of Balasore lok sabha constituency. Soro N.A.C is divided into 19 wards. Presently the office is taken by the congress. The current Chair-person of Soro N.A.C is Ms. Subhasmita Mahanty of INC.