Baripada

Baripada (bāripadā) is a town and a municipality in Mayurbhanj district in the state of Odisha, India. Located along the east bank of the Budhabalanga river, Baripada is the cultural centre of North Odisha and also hosts a large population of Santhals,Ho and other tribals. In recent years, it has emerged as an educational hub with the opening of numerous professional colleges and the North Orissa University.

The town is today the headquarters of Mayurbhanj District, Odisha's largest by area. It houses the office of the Collector, the Superintendent of Police and the Court of the District and Sessions Judge. It lends its name to the Baripada constituency of the Odisha Vidhan Sabha.

Baripada
Town
Baripada is located in Odisha
Baripada
Baripada
Baripada is located in India
Baripada
Baripada
Coordinates: 21°56′N 86°43′E / 21.94°N 86.72°ECoordinates: 21°56′N 86°43′E / 21.94°N 86.72°E
Country India
StateOdisha
DistrictMayurbhanj
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyBaripada Municipality
Elevation
36 m (118 ft)
Population
(2011)[1]
 • Total116,874
Language
 • OfficialOdia[2]
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
757 0xx
Telephone code06792-25xxxx/ 06792-26xxxx
Vehicle registrationOD-11
Websitewww.mapsofindia.com/maps/orissa/baripada.html

History

Originally the capital of the Mayurbhanj State, Baripada's antiquity is unknown. It was first recorded as Burpuddah by Major James Rennell of the East India Company in his famous Atlas of 1779. The origins of the name are doubtful but it appears to be derived from the Bauri tribe that originally inhabited this area.

The ruins of an old mud fort in the centre of the town have completely disappeared. A temple dedicated to Ambika Devi is the sole survivor. The chief shrine of the town is a Jagannath temple dating from 1575 AD. It is also the oldest structure in the area. A statue of the Buddhist deity Lokeshvara housed in one of its rooms is even older. However, Baripada developed into a town only under the rule of Maharaja Jadunatha Bhanja who died in 1863. His successors, especially Maharaja Sriram Chandra Bhanj Deo, added many other public buildings to the town. Baripada was linked to Rupsa in Balasore district through a narrow gauge line known as the Mayurbhanj State Railway in the first decade of the 20th century. This provided a major impetus to trade and commerce.

The town continued to grow after the merger of Mayurbhanj State with the Union of India in 1949. In contrast to the planned nature of the town centre, the newer areas have tended to adopt a sprawling nature.

Geography

Baripada is at 21°56′N 86°43′E / 21.94°N 86.72°E.[3] It has an average elevation of 36 metres (118 feet). The city lies along the Budhabalanga River.

Climate

Climate data for Baripada, Odisha
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 27.1
(80.8)
29.8
(85.6)
34.6
(94.3)
42.6
(108.7)
38.0
(100.4)
35.3
(95.5)
31.7
(89.1)
31.6
(88.9)
31.7
(89.1)
31.1
(88.0)
29.0
(84.2)
16.0
(60.8)
31.5
(88.8)
Average low °C (°F) 13.4
(56.1)
16.2
(61.2)
20.8
(69.4)
24.7
(76.5)
26.8
(80.2)
26.7
(80.1)
26.0
(78.8)
25.9
(78.6)
25.7
(78.3)
23.1
(73.6)
17.1
(62.8)
5.0
(41.0)
21.0
(69.7)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 11
(0.4)
30
(1.2)
35
(1.4)
60
(2.4)
142
(5.6)
288
(11.3)
411
(16.2)
349
(13.7)
288
(11.3)
143
(5.6)
26
(1.0)
17
(0.7)
1,800
(70.8)
Source #1: en.climate-data.org
Source #2: Meteovista

Education

Baripada is the seat for North Orissa University at Takatpur. It is home to the Maharaja Purna Chandra Junior College and to the MPC Autonomous College. The erstwhile Mayurbhanj Palace building houses are Maharaja Purna Chandra Junior College with more than 2,000 students and Government Women's College with about 500 students.[4]

The newly built Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital started its classes from September 2017. It is located in Rangmatia, 8 km from the main town.

The oldest high school is M.K.C High School, built during 1889. The town has two Kendriya Vidyalaya schools. There are English medium schools, viz — St. Anne's Convent School, St. Mary's Convent School, Sacred Sunshine Secondary School, Satya Sai Vidya Vihar, etc. The other schools are Maharishi Public School, Sarat Chandra Vidyapitha, Policeline High School, Bhanjpur High School, Bhanjpur Girls' High School. It has Maharaja Purnachandra Junior and Autonomous college for providing intermediate, graduate and postgraduate level academics in disciplines ranging from Science to Arts and many specializations. One of the other schools include Maharani Premakumari Girls High school at Lalbazar that is exclusively for girls secondary and higher secondary education.

The engineering college named Seemanta Engineering College, affiliated to BPUT is near Jharpokharia which is 35 km from Baripada. Mayurbhanj Law College (established in 1978), B.Ed College, Ayurvedic College and Homeopathy colleges are in Baripada.

Diganta Vikas Residential School Baripada is situated in w.no 21 BijayramchandraPur only 200 meters to the east of the NH- 18 connecting Murgabadi & Darogadahi Golei.

Duly recognized by the Govt. of Odisha in the S & ME dept.

Schools

The following are the noted schools in the city:

  • St Anne's Convent School, Baripada
  • Sri Satya Sai Vidya Vihar, Baripada
  • Sacred Sunshine Secondary School
  • Balangi New Govt Girls High School
  • Bhanjpur Girls High School
  • Bhanjpur New Govt High School
  • Lady Hamilton New Govt Girls High School
  • M.P.K Girls High School
  • Madrasa Gousia, Kalikapur
  • Rakhal Gope New Govt. High School
  • Saint Mary's Convent School
  • Saint Xavier's High School
  • Sriaurobindo High School
  • Vivekananda Sikhya Kendra
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya, Baripada
  • Loyola School, Baripada
  • SVS School

Transportation

Baripada railway station was one of the earliest stations in Odisha. The ruler of Mayurbhanj, Maharaja Krushna Chandra Bhanjdeo, connected Baripada by a narrow-gauge rail network to the Howrah-Chennai railway corridor. The first ever airport during the British Raj in Odisha stands to this date at sites of Rajabasa (16 km from city) and Rasgovindpur (60 km from the city) with their 2 km-long runways which were constructed during World War II.

Now a broad gauge railway line has replaced it which has benefited over 150,000 of this city's population. As of now, a Baripada — Rupsa — Balasore DEMU Pgr. train and a superfast express train to the state capital Bhubaneswar runs on daily basis. There's also a weekly train that runs from Baripada to Puri directly. A new train to Kolkata from Baripada has been running since 2010.

Regarding road transport, luxury A/C buses are a popular means of transportation between the cities. There is connectivity to Bhubaneswar, Puri, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Keonjhar, Balasore, Angul, Bolangir, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Jamshedpur, Kharagpur, Ranchi and Kolkata from here. The city is 30 km from the starting point of N.H. 5 which goes to Chennai. There are a wide range of taxis for sightseeing and tours.

Similipal National Park is an elephant and tiger reserve only 30 km from Baripada. It's one of the major tourist attraction.

Culture

Baripada is popular for its art and culture. Many famous stars of Ollywood (Oriya film industry) are from Baripada. Baripada is famous for the Chhau dance form, famous all over the world. The Chaitra Parva celebrated in mid-April recognizes the local talents. Uttarsahi and Dakshinsahi are two main groups who perform in this festival with many other participants. Jhumar Song is popular in Baripada.

Shri Hari Baladev Jiu Temple Baripada
Shri Hari Baladev Jiu Temple (aka Bada Mandir), Deulasahi, Baripada

Baripada is the second place, after Puri, where the tradition of Ratha Yatra (Car festival of Lord Jagannath) began. Hence Baripada is called 'Dwitiya Srikhetra' (second Puri). Baripada's Ratha Yatra is popular for its unique culture. The unique tradition of only women pulling the Ratha of Maa Subhadra started in Baripada.

Maa Ambika Temple is one of the chief temples and Maa Ambika is a highly revered deity in this region. It is in Badabazar, 1 km from Baripada bus stand.

Idol of Maa Jagadhatri 2012
Maa Jagadhatri
Jagadhatri Mela 2011
Jagadhatri Puja Torana 2011 designed as United States Capitol Building, United States
Jagadhatri Mela 2006
Jagadhatri Puja Torana 2006 designed as Titanic Ship

Jagadhatri Mela at Bhanjpur is the next biggest mela. It is the festival of Maa Jagadhatri, Goddess of the whole world. There is a 10–15 days mela known as mini Bali Jatra (named after Cuttack's Bali Jatra) which takes place at Jagadhatri Mela grounds, near the Bhanjpur railway Station during October–November. It is celebrated on Gosthastami.

Maa Subhadra Rath of Baripada Rathyatra 2012
Maa Subhadra Rath of Baripada Rathyatra 2012

Tourist spots

Simlipal National Park, Mayurbhanj
Simlipal National Park, Mayurbhanj

Khiching

The Kichakeswari temple at Khiching is built entirely of chlorite slabs and is unique in India. There are a set of temples nearby that's used in active worship. There is a small museum that contains important historical specimens on art and sculpture.

Debakunda

Debakunda is a waterfall and tank. The Ambika temple is on the hilltop near the falls. Debakunda is at a distance of 60 km from Baripada and 85 km from Balasore.

Similipal

Similipal National Park is an evergreen forest having varied flora and fauna, served with a network of perennial streams. This is a habitat for tropical birds and animals like elephants, tigers, leopards, sambar, and deer. The landscape comprises Sal forests, grasslands, peaks and waterfalls.

Similipal is the richest watershed in Orissa, giving rise to many perennial rivers. The Budhabalanga, the Khadkei, the West Deo, the East Deo, the Salandi and the Sanjo are the major ones. Barehipani (400 m) and Joranda (150 m) waterfalls are visitor attractions, and the Ramtirtha Crocodile Rearing Centre is located in nearby Jashipur.

Bhimkund

There is a sacred pool near the river Vaitarani. As per legend Bhima, the second Pandava, took his bath in this pool when the Pandavas were passing their incognito life in Birat Nagar (presumed to be the present location of Kaptipada). The Vaitarani river flows through a gorge in steps and flows down to the Bhimkund pool. During the Makar festival during January, thousands of people gather here to take a holy dip.

Manatiri

It is best known for the shrine of 'Kakharua Baidyanath' (Temple of Lord Shiva). It is surrounded on three sides by water channels from the Gangahar River. The temple is based on the Orissa's temple architecture. During the Shivaratri festival thousands of devotees gather there. According to legend, the king of Somavanshi dynasty was afflicted with leucoderma and his whole body resembled with white patches like in a water melon ('kakharu' in Oriya). It is believed that he was cured by the grace of the deity. Some Oriya inscriptions of Mayurbhanj royal family are seen on the temple walls.

To the west of temple in about 1 km are the remains of an ancient fort and 8 km to the east are the ruins of Kuradiha Gada.

Haripur

Haripur, earlier known as Hariharpur, was founded by Maharaja Harihar Bhanj in 1400 CE and remained as the capital of Bhanja Dynasty before it shifted to Baripada. Baidyanath Bhaanj, another ruler of the dynasty built a magnificent brick temple in honour of his tutelary God Rasika-raya. Though currently dilapidated, it is unique among the brick temples of Orissa. Towards the north to the courtyard of Rasikaraya temple lies the ruins of Ranihanspur (the inner apartment of the queen).

Radhamohan temple is a brick-built rectangular temple nearby.

Lulung

This place is surrounded on three sides by hills of Similipal range. It is a popular place for picnicking, and tourists can purchase the stone utensils that are native to this place.

Devagram

Also known as Deogan, the river Sono flows close to the village. There are several ruins of old temples on the bank of the river. It is presumed that a change in the course of the river might have caused this destruction. The images of Ganesh and Parvati with Shiva Lingam and the eight-armed Chamunda on a heap of stone are found here. The sculpture of the Goddess and the pedestal are notable for their workmanship. Fragments of stone supposed to be parts of the ruins of Chamunda temple are still lying in the river bed.

Samibruksha

Samibruksha is a peak in the hillock and is about 500 ft high. There are five caves on the western side. Legend has it that the five Pandavas hid their arms in these caves before proceeding to the court of the king Virata. The pilgrims take their sacred bath in the nearby stream on Baruni day in the month of Chaitra. Makar Sankranti, which falls in mid-January, is the most important festival of this place.

Simla

Simla on the banks of river Burhabalanga is houses the shrine of Simileswar Shiva. Hundreds of pilgrims visit the shrine every day, and this place is famous with picnickers. A fair is held during the Shivaratri day which continues for a week.

Kuchei

This is an excavated prehistoric site and discoveries pertaining to neolithic possessions of man are being made. The pottery fragments found with Neolithic implements speak of settlements in the late Stone age in Mayurbhanj district.

Kuliana

Many paleolithic artifacts are being discovered in this region. Its very near to West Bengal's Medinipore.

Sitakund Waterfall

The Sitakund waterfall is one of the another outside attraction tourist place of Simlipal Tiger reserve of Odisha. The Sitakund waterfall is located at Mayurbhanj district of Odisha and it is the part of the Simlipal National Park. Also this place is the place of Hinduism because the name of the waterfall is Sitakund that is the name of Hindu goddess Sita Devi.

Demographics

As of 2011 census, Baripada had a population of 110,058[1] and the urban agglomeration had a population of 116,874.[5] The municipality had a sex ratio of 931 females per 1,000 males and 9% of the population were under six years old.[1] Effective literacy was 89.31%; male literacy was 93.45% and female literacy was 84.88%.[1]

Population

The population of Baripada has Oriyas, mainly Brahmins and Kshatriyas. The rest of the population includes Bengalis, Biharis, Marwaris, Punjabis and other north Indians. Religious groups like Muslims and Christians constitute a minor part of the population. The nearby villages have a major number of tribal population.

As per provisional reports of Census India, population of Baripada in 2011 is 110,058 — of which male and female are 57,008 and 53,050 respectively. Although Baripada city has population of 110,058; its urban/metropolitan population is 116,874 of which 60,535 are males and 56,339 female.

Literacy rate 2011

In education section, total literates in Baripada city are 89,421 of which 48,388 are males while 41,033 are females. Average literacy rate of Baripada city is 89.31 percent of which male and female literacy was 93.45 and 84.88.

Child population 2011

Total children (0-6) in Baripada city are 9,933 as per figure from Census India report on 2011. There were 5,228 boys while 4,705 are girls. The child forms 9.03% of total population of Baripada City.

Sex ratio 2011

The sex ratio of Baripada city is 931 per 1000 males. Child sex ratio of girls is 900 per 1000 boys.

Economics

Baripada is home to many forest-based products such as timber, but due to heavy deforestation the sawmills were banned within a 25 km radius. Baripada is known for Sabai grass plantations, an African grass introduced to Baripada and was first planted in Hamilton Garden that grows on red volcanic soil and has strong fibres that are used for rope making known as Bubei. It has many cashew plantation fields. Khali (plates) and Duna (bowls) making, from leaves of Sal tree leaves (Shorea robusta), is another business that local men engage in.

It has many brick kilns on the banks of river Budhabalaga, which is the only perennial river flowing through the city. Timber remains one of the major sources of income for the local populace.

Politics

Current MLA from Baripada Assembly Constituency is Sananda Marandi of BJD, who won the seat in State elections of 2014 and 2009. Previous MLAs from this seat were

  • 2014: Sananda Marndi (BJD)
  • 2009: Sananda Marndi (BJD)
  • 2004: Bimal Lochan Das (JMM)
  • 2000: Kishore Das (JMM)
  • 1995: Prasanna Kumar Das (Congress)
  • 1990: Chhatish Chandra Dhal (Janata Dal)
  • 1985: Prasanna Kumar Das (Congress)
  • 1980: Prasanna Kumar Das (Congress)
  • 1977: Prasanna Kumar Das (Congress)
  • 1974: Pramod Chandra Bhanjadeo (Independent)
  • 1971: Pramod Chandra Bhanjadeo (Independent)
  • 1967: Santosh Kumar Sahu (Congress)
  • 1961: Santosh Kumar Sahu (Congress)
  • 1957: Harihar Mohanty (PSP) and Samal Majhi (Independent)
  • 1951: Girish Chandra Ray (PSP) and Surendra Singh (Congress)[6]

Baripada is part of Mayurbhanj (Lok Sabha constituency). The current MP of Lok Sabha (2014) is Ramachandra Hansdah of Biju Janata Dal.[7] From 2009 election year, Baripada constituency is reserved for Scheduled Tribes.

Notable persons

References

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  2. ^ "52nd REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR LINGUISTIC MINORITIES IN INDIA" (PDF). nclm.nic.in. Ministry of Minority Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  3. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc: Baripada
  4. ^ "Mayurbhanj palace wallows in royal neglect". Times of India. 29 October 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011; Urban Agglomerations/Cities having population 1 lakh and above" (pdf). Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  6. ^ "State Elections 2004 - Partywise Comparison for 7-Baripada Constituency of Odisha". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
  7. ^ "Assembly Constituencies — Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies of Odisha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2009. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
  8. ^ "Jatin Das got Padma Awards". The Times Of India.
  9. ^ "Uttam Mohanty got Lifetime Achievement Award". Archived from the original on 2013-03-24.
Alta (dye)

Alta (also Mahawar or Rose Bengal) is a red dye that mainly Hindu women in the Indian subcontinent, notably in Bengal and in Balasore and Baripada regions of Odisha, apply with cotton to their hands and feet during marriage ceremonies and festivals. Alta was originally produced from lac, although later it was replaced with synthetic dyes.

Baharagora

Baharagora is a small town in East Singhbhum district and situated on the south-east corner of Jharkhand, India. It is 60 km from Kharagpur, 90 km from Jamshedpur, 50 km from Baripada & 200 km from Kolkata. Baharagora is a very important hub for transport as National Highway 6/Asian Highway 46 passes through here and almost all the Transport Companies have their transit hub here. National Highway 33 connects NH 6 at Baharagora and NH 2 at Barhi, Jharkhand. It is connected to Baripada in Odisha by NH 18.

Nearest Railway Station Chakulia 30.6 km, Ghatsila 47 km, Jhargram 50 km, Kharagpur 60 km, Tatanagar 90 km & Kolkata(Howrah)189 km.

Nearest International Airport Kolkata, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport.

Baharagora became a block in the year 1956. It is located at the southern end of Jharkhand.

Baharagora is the entry point of Jharkhand from the two states, namely West Bengal and Odisha.

Since it is located at the border, West Bengal is approx 12 km and Odisha is approx 7 km from there.The official language of the state is Hindi.

Baripada (Odisha Vidhan Sabha constituency)

Baripada (Sl. No.: 33) is a Vidhan Sabha constituency of Mayurbhanj district, Odisha.Area of this constituency include Baripada, Baripada block, Khunta block and 9 GPs (Gudialbandh, Jadunathpur, Jarkani, Khanua, Naupal, Purnachandpur, Sankerko, Tangasol and Uthaninuagaon) of Badasahi block.

Baripada railway station

Baripada railway station serves Baripada, the headquarters of Mayurbhanj district in the Indian state of Odisha.

Jagannath Temple, Baripada

Sri Jagannath Temple (Odia: ଶ୍ରୀ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥ ମନ୍ଦିର) is a famous Hindu temple located in Baripada, Mayurbhanj district, in the state of Odisha, India. The name Jagannath (Lord of the Universe) is a combination of the Sanskrit words Jagat (Universe) and Nath (Lord of).The shikhara is a pancharatha one. This temple is known as the second Srikhetra of Orissa. The Jagannath temple of Baripada is one of the oldest temples of Orissa. Its Rathayatra is the oldest one after Puri and second biggest after Puri ratha yatra. It is being celebrated for last 500+ years. The rituals of Baripada Rathayatra are special. It gives priority to the female devotees to pull Maa Subhadra's ratha, which is unique and attracts female devotees from the neighbouring states also.

Jogesh Pati

Jogesh C. Pati (born 1937 in Baripada, Odisha, India) is an Indian American theoretical physicist at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Kichakeshwari Temple

Kishakeshwari Temple (Odia: କୀଚକେଶ୍ଵରୀ ମନ୍ଦିର) is temple of Hindu Goddess Chamunda alias Kali located in Khiching, which was the ancient capital of the Bhanja rulers, located about 205 km from Balasore and 150 km from Baripada in the Mayurbhanj district of north Orissa.

Loyola School, Baripada

Loyola School, Baripada, is the only English medium, ICSE public school in Sankhabhanga, established by the Society of Jesus in 2002. The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education exam is administered after the 10th grade.

Mayurbhanj State

Mayurbhanj State (or Morbhanj)(Odia: ମୟୁରଭଞ୍ଜ ରାଜ୍ୟ) was one of the princely states of India during the period of the British Raj. It was one of the largest states of the Eastern States Agency and one of the three states of the Bengal States Agency. The emblem of the state were two peacocks for according to legend the ancestors of the ancient rulers originated from a peafowl's eyes.The state included a vast mountainous area inhabited by many different people groups such as the Santal,Munda, Ho and Kisan people. Its former territory lies in the present-day state of Odisha, bordering West Bengal. The capital of the state was the town of Baripada since the 15th century and Daspur was another important town. Large tracts of Mayurbhanj State were covered with forest.

Mayurbhanj State Railway

Mayurbhanj State Railway (MSR) was a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway owned by Mayurbhanj State in British India.

Mayurbhanj district

Mayurbhanj district is one of the 30 districts in Odisha state in eastern India. Baripada city is its headquarter. As of 2011, it is the third-most-populous district of Odisha (out of 30), after Ganjam and Cuttack.Mayurbhanj is land-locked with a geographical area of 10,418 km2 (4,022 sq mi) and is in the northern boundary of the state. It is bounded in the northeast by Jhargram district of West Bengal, West Singhbhum and East Singhbhum districts of Jharkhand in the northwest, Balasore district in the southeast and by Kendujhar in the southwest.

National Highway 18 (India)

National Highway 18 (NH 18)(combination of old NH 32, NH 33 and NH 5) is a National Highway in India. It originates from Gobindpur, Dhanbad and terminates at Balasore, Odisha. It passes through Dhanbad city, Mahuda, Chas, Purulia, Balrampur, Jamshedpur, Ghatshila, Baharagora, Baripada and Balasore. It was earlier NH32 but it got changed in 2012.

North Orissa University

North Orissa University is a public university in the regional city of Baripada in the state of Odisha, India. Its jurisdiction extends over two districts, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar. There are 80 affiliated colleges, general and professional, catering to the demand for higher education.

This university mainly provides higher education through on-campus as well as distance education modes. It aims to provide job-oriented technical courses.

Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital

Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital is a full-fledged tertiary Government medical college in Baripada, Odisha. The college imparts the degree Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). It is recognised by the Medical Council of India. The hospital associated with the college is one of the largest in the Mayurbhanj district.

Selection to the college is done on the basis of merit through the National Eligibility and Entrance Test. Yearly undergraduate student intake is 100. The college was inaugurated in 2017 by Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

Simlipal National Park

Simlipal National Park is a national park and a tiger reserve in the Mayurbhanj district in the Indian state of Odisha. It is part of the Similipal-Kuldiha-Hadgarh Elephant Reserve popularly known as Mayurbhanj Elephant Reserve, which includes three protected areas — Similipal Tiger Reserve (2750.00 km2), Hadgarh Wildlife Sanctuary (191.06 km2) and Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary (272.75 km2)). Simlipal National Park derives its name from the abundance of semul (red silk cotton trees) that bloom here. It is the 7th largest national park in India.

The park has a protected area of 845.70 square kilometres (326.53 sq mi) and has some beautiful waterfalls like Joranda and Barehipani. Simlipal is home to 99 royal Bengal tigers and 432 wild elephants. Besides Simlipal is famous for gaurs (Indian bison), chausingha, as well as an orchidarium.One can enter Similipal through Pithabata (22 kilometres (14 mi) from Baripada) and 98 km via Jashipur. Entry permits can be obtained from the Range Officer, Pithabata check gate upon paying prescribed fees. Day visitors can enter between 6 AM and 12 noon and visitors with reservation between 6 AM and 9 AM. Similipal National Park is open from 1 November to 15 June.

This reserve is part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2009.

Soro (Odisha Vidhan Sabha constituency)

Soro (Sl. No.: 41) is a Vidhan Sabha constituency of Balasore district, Odisha.This constituency include Soro, Soro block and 16 GPs (Anji, Aruhabad, Avana, Bahanaga, Baripada, Bishnupur, Chittol, Dandaharipur, Gopalpur, Kalyani, Kharsahapur, Kochiakoili, Kuruda, Sahaspura, Saud and Talakurunia) of Bahanaga block.

St Anne's Convent School, Baripada

St. Anne's Convent School is an Indian Christian missionary school located in Prafulla Nagar, Baripada, Mayurbhanj district, Odisha. There are classes from Nursery to Std. X.

Udala

Udala is a town and a notified area committee in Mayurbhanj district in the Indian state of Odisha.

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