Jajpur (also known as Jajapur) is a city and a municipality in Jajpur district in the Indian state of Odisha. It was the capital of Odisha during the Kesari dynasty, later supplanted by Cuttack. Now, it is the headquarters of Jajpur district.
The Biraja Temple in Jajpur
Location in Odisha, India
|Founded by||Jajati Keshari|
|Named for||Biraja Khetra|
|• Collector and District Magistrate of Jajpur||Ranjan Kumar Das|
|• Superintendent of Police||Shri.Charan Shing Meena|
|• Total||2,887.69 km2 (1,114.94 sq mi)|
|Elevation||8 m (26 ft)|
|• Density||620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
|• Major local language||Ho|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Vehicle registration||OD-04 &OD-34|
Jajpur, the location of the ancient Biraja Temple, was originally known as Viraja. Other names of the city in the ancient texts include Viranja, Varanja-nagara, Varaha-tirtha. The Bhauma-Kara kings established their capital city of Guhadevapataka (or Guheshvarapataka), identified with modern Gohiratikar (or Gohiratikra) near Jajpur. The later Somavanshi kings moved their capital from Yayatinagara (modern Binka) to Guheshvarapataka, and renamed the city Abhinava-Yayatinagara ("the new city of Yayati").
Later, the Jajpur city came to be known as Yajanagara. According to one theory, this name is a corruption of "Yayatinagara". Another theory is that it derives from the Brahmanical sacrifices (Yajna) that became popular during the Ganga-Gajapati period (11th-16th century). In the Muslim chronicles such as Tabaqat-i-Nasiri and Tarikh-i-Firuzshahi, the city's name was mentioned as "Jajnagar". Later, the suffix "-nagar" ("city") was replaced with the equivalent "-pur", and the city's name became "Jajpur".
As of 2011 India census, Jajpur had a population of 37,458. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Jajpur has an average literacy rate of 82%, greater than the national average of 65%: male literacy is 87%, and female literacy is 76%. In Jajpur, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Current MLA from Jajpur Assembly Constituency is Pranab Prakash Das of BJD, who won the seat in State elections of 2009. He has elected as second time with a large vote margin. Previous MLAs from this seat were Parameswar Sethi who won this seat in 2004 and Suryamani Jena who won this seat in 2000 representing BJD and also in 1995 representing JD, Jagannath Mallik who won this seat representing JD in 1990 and also in 1985 and in 1977 representing JNP, and Niranjan Jena of INC(I) in 1980. Sri Pranab Prakash Das [MLA] Jajpur Assembly Constituency has been appointed as Ministers of State MoS (Ind) Energy and Information Technology. Sri Pranab Prakash Das [MLA] will also entrusted to oversee after Disability Welfare in the department of Women and Child Development as MoS
|No.||Constituency||Reservation||Extent of the Assembly Constituency (Blocks)||Member of 14th Assembly||Party|
|48||Binjharpur||SC||Binjharpur, Dasarathpur (part)||Smt. Pramila Mallik||BJD|
|49||Bari||None||Bari, Jajpur (part), Rasulpur (part)||Debasis Nayak||BJD|
|50||Barchana||None||Barchana||Amar Prasad Satpathy||BJD*|
|51||Dharmasala||None||Dharmasala, Rasulpur (part)||Pranab Balabantaray||BJD|
|52||Jajpur||None||Jajpur (M), Jajpur (part), Dasharathpur (part)||Pranab Prakash Das||BJD|
|53||Korei||None||Vyasanagar (M), Vyasanagar (O. G), Korei, Rasulpur (part)||Akash Dasnayak||BJD|
|54||Sukinda||None||Sukinda, Dangadi||Preeti Ranjan Ghadei||BJD|
|Climate chart (explanation)|
Jajpur is located at  and has an average elevation of 8 metres (26 ft). The climate of Jajpur District is normal as per Indian standards. All the seasons arrive in the District at their usual time. The District’s average height from the sea level is 331 m and its average rain fall is 1014.5 mm. The average maximum and minimum temperatures are 40 degree C and 10 degree C respectively. Overall, the climate of the District is neither hotter nor cooler. The summer season is from March to June when the climate is hot and humid. Thunderstorms are common at the height of the summer. The monsoon months are from July to October when the city receives most of its rainfall from the South West Monsoon. The annual rainfall is around 1014.5 mm. The winter season from November to February is characterised by mild temperatures and occasional showers.
|Climate data for Jajpur|
|Average high °C (°F)||29.2
|Average low °C (°F)||15.2
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||41.3
|Source: Jajpur Weather|