Kendrapara is a town and a Municipality in Kendrapara district in the Indian state of Odisha. It is the headquarters of Kendrapara district.


Kendrapada is located in Odisha
Location in Odisha, India
Kendrapada is located in India
Kendrapada (India)
Coordinates: 20°30′N 86°25′E / 20.50°N 86.42°ECoordinates: 20°30′N 86°25′E / 20.50°N 86.42°E
Country India
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyKendrapara Municipality
13 m (43 ft)
 • Total41,404
 • OfficialOdia,English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code91-6727


Kendrapara is located at 20°30′N 86°25′E / 20.50°N 86.42°E.[1] It has an average elevation of 13 m (43 ft). It is surrounded by Bhadrak, Jajpur, Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur districts and Bay of Bengal in the east.

The river Chitroptala (a branch of Mahanadi) is flowing out side of Kendrapara district. The other rivers of Kendrapara are Luna, Karandia, Gobari, Brahamani, Birupa, Kani, Baitarani, Kharasrota & Paika This district has 9 blocks named as Aul, Derabish, Garadpur, Mahakalapada, Marshaghai, Kendrapara, Rajanagar, Rajkanika, Pattamundai.


Kendrapara is 58 km from Cuttack. To reach Kendrapara one can go via Jagatpur-Salipur state high way SH9A or on the National Highway No.16 and 53, crossing at Chandikhol Via Chatta towards Paradip. Kendrapara is just two and half hour drive from Bhubaneswar Airport on the National Highway 16 and State Highway 9A. The Nearest Railway station is at Cuttack which is 54 kilometre from Kendrapara town on State Highway 9A.


As of the 2011 Indian census, Kendrapara district has a population of 1,439,891, roughly equal to the nation of Swaziland or the US state of Hawaii. This gives it a ranking of 344th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 545 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,410 /sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 10.59%. Kendrapara has a sex ratio of 1006 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 85.93%. The mother tongue of most of the people here is Oriya; there is a sizable number of Bangla and Urdu speaking people. Hindi is also widely understood.

Hindus form the dominant majority of the population. There is a substantial Muslim minority.


The Baladevjew Temple is located in Kendrapara. A Car Festival or Rath Yatra is held in the month of Ashadha(June/July) every year, the car of Lord Baladevjew is known as Brahma Taladhwaja and considered as the biggest car of its type in whole world. The Gajalaxmi puja on Kojaagari Purnima or Kumar Purnima Durga Pujaat Amruta manohi village is celebrated in the month of October and Kartikeya Puja in November and Maa Kali Puja at Olaver are held each year. Gajalaxmi puja is a big festival here and is celebrated for 7 days. Maa Basanti Durga Puja in Basupur is one of the famous festivals in the region. Maa Kali Puja in Olaver is one of the famous festivals in the region. The Oriya sweet dish, Rasabali, originated from Kendrapara. Kendrapara is also known as Tulasi Ksherta (as Tulasi, different from basil tulsi is the wife of Lord Balabhadra) and Gupta Kshetra (Lord Balabhadra wish to stay here secretly). Different types of prasad prepared and used in Baladevjew Temple are Rasabali, Potali Pitha, Magaja Ladoo, Kakaraa, Khaja, Karanji, Chhena Kheeri, Ghanabrata, Dahipakhala, Khiri, Puri etc.

Most of the people here are farmers and some do business and some do fishing in the river and the bay of Bengal. growing prawn near sea shore is a profitable business. Many small-scale industries are coming up so people are now getting more opportunity there.

Tourist Places

Baladevjew Temple, Ichhapur, Kendrapara district, Odisha.
Baladevjew Temple, Baladevjew Temple of Kendrapara

Bhitara Kanika

Bhitarakanika is covered with deep mangrove forests and saline rivers. It was declared a Sanctuary on 21-04-1975. It is famous for natural crocodile breeding. Other animals like deer, wild boar, monkeys, monitor, python, king cobra also found here.

Batighar is where the first lighthouse was installed on the eastern coast of India.[2] It is situated on the other bank of river Kharinasi. The height of this light house is 125 feet. Construction of this lighthouse was started on 6 December 1836 and it was lighted on 16 October 1837.

Kanika Rajabaati 3
Rajakanika palace of Kendrapara

Kanika Palace is a massive palace constructed by King of Kanika. It was constructed on an area of 4 acres of land and height of the structure is of 75 feet. It is situated in Rajkanika Block.

Aali Palace is situated near Aul township. It is an ancient palace spread over 40 acres of land.

Lakhmi Varaha Temple is a 500-year-old Indian temple dedicated to Varaha, the boar incarnation of Vishnu. The temple is located in Aul. The temple is about one kilometer away from the center of tehsil Aul, which is situated about 146 km from the state capital of Bhubaneswar. It is 17 km from Pattamundai and 38 km from Kendrapara.

sakhibata is A 500-year-old banyan tree, mute witness to times gone by, has been accordedtourist spot status at Sakhibata in Kendrapara district. The gigantic tree, spread across 1.3 acres of land with about 600 trunks and sub-trunks, has been granted the tourist spot status by the state government following visits of tourists in the area throughout the year, District Tourist Officer Bijoy Kumar Mohanty said today. Funds have been sanctioned for building tourism infrastructure. A project has been permitted to have good road connectivity to the place. Besides a tourist cottage is being built, Mohanty said. The banyan tree withstood the devastating 1999 super cyclone. A 200-year-old temple is still intact at the spot. The temple is also a reminder of historic importance of the place,

Badakotha is an old building near the Kendrapara Bus stand. Once upon a time, Badakotha in Odisha only indicated to the 2 stair building of Radhashyam Narendra.

"Sri Chhualia Shakti Peeth" One and only tourist place of Pattamundai block. Maa chhualia is the adhisthatri devi of this peeth. This shakti Peeth is situated on the bank of the river the Govari in the village of Lokanathpur. It is a same distance of 12 km far from the nearest town Kendrapara and Pattamundai. The whole place is surrounded by sahada trees. Other trees like kadamba, krushnachuda, panihenduli, ashosth are also available here. The main thing is Maa takes nonvegetarian in food offerings (bhoga) for instance fish. But any types of meat or wine strictly prohibited here. Dola Melan, Raja, Panchuka, Biswasanti Mahayajnya, Asta Prahar Namayajnya are the festivals of this Peeth.

Hukitola is a storm proof go-down constructed in the Jamboo island by British according to the wish of Captain Harris. It consists of 11 large size and 9 small size chambers.

Eka Kula is a unique island in kendrapara, which can be reached via bike during tide in the day time also you can reach there via boats from Jambu. This place is very beautiful once you reach there then you can feel like you are in heaven.

Also There are so many picnic spots in and around Kendrapara. Paradeep is only 20–30 km drive from Kendrapara. You can see the sea beach, port, Neheru Bangala(first prime minister of India had come here) and also see the entry gate of river to Sea shore. Paradeep is also the last point of east coast of India.

Most popular Udaya Giri & Ratna Giri just 10–15 km drive from Kendrapada. Mainly Budhu Murti, Budhu pratima are conservated there. There also a picnic spot Named Sakhi Bata. It is situated near Luna River. it is a beautiful spot. Lord Baladev and Laxmi Mandir is there. Lord mahaveer temple at new chandan pokhari, Ichhapur, kendrapara.

PENTHA is situated inbetween the great River Chitrotpala & Luna (Karandia). It's only 12 km far from Kendrapara Town & 5 km from Patkura. Direct buses available from Cuttack to Pentha. It is famous for Maa sata Bhauni Temple (Among the Ancient Temple of Odisha) is situated in the middle of the village & Maa Kharakhai (Goddess Dhumabati), Gopinathjew temple, Ram Mandir, Sarala Mandir, Tarini Temple, Hanumanjew Temple & Nilakantheswar Temple. The Sandhha Nacha (Celebrated for the Memory of Sandha Raja of Kunjang Garh) at Dola Purnima. The Rama Charita Manas & Parayan Celebrated for 9 days (every Year) On the occasion of Lord Hanuman's Birthday. It is also the Birthplace of famous Poet & Writer Mr. Kabibar Parida.

SIALIAA is situated in the RAJKANIKA block. The main and only attraction is that there is no doors in any houses of villagers. MAA KHARAKHAI is the GRAMA DEVATI of that village and she keep all the villagers as well as village safe from any type of incident, and many villages famous for their god & goddess like "BAIPADA" village is the smallest village of Kendrapara district Maa Boiti Nahakani is the "GRAMA DEVATI", In this village people believe that when a cyclone happened in 1999 that Maa Boiti nahakani saved this village when it was at risk from floods. Maa Boiti nahakani appeared in front of the flood and stopped it coming into the village.


In the field of education also Kendrapara is not behind. There are so many schools and colleges which are engaged in creating well qualified professionals in all the fields. Kendrapara Autonomous College situated at Kendrapara town is the largest college of the district for higher Education. There are several old and new educational institutions present throughout the district. Kendrapara High School is the oldest High School of the district which is established in the year 1863. The Second oldest High school which is situated in the district is R N High School Rajkanika established in the year 1918. [3]

Kendrapara has produced a number of well-known personalities. Like famous astronomer, mathematician and writer of Suskhma Sphuta Siddhanta Pandit Sri Gokulananda Routroy (1947–2009), Pandit Binod Behari Dash etc. Well-known media personality like Itishree Nayak (Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award for Electronic Media Oriya -2006) also belonging to Tripurari Pur village of Mangal Pur Gram Panchayat, Derabish Block of Kendrapara District. Another notable person from this area is Dr Prafulla Kumar Behera was one of the many scientists involved in the commissioning of a device called silicon pixel detector, which played a big part in the success of the Higgs-Boson experiment.[4]


Kendrapara is part of Kendrapara (Lok Sabha constituency).[5] Current Member of Parliament is Baijayant Jay Panda. The major three prominent political parties in the Assembly and Parliamentary constituency of Kendrapara are Bharatiya Janata Party, Biju Janata Dal and Congress Party.

Throughout the area politics have remained with the local parties since the 1970s. Kendrapara has played a crucial role in Odisha's politics, producing leaders like Member of Parliament Mr. Rabi Ray who achieved the post of Speaker in Loksabha, and Mr. Biju Patnaik, former Chief Minister of Odisha.

However, may be it Mr Biju Pattnaik or Mr Baijayant Panda, the politicians are able to win the heart of common people here, who do nothing for the development of the area which may contribute to the income of poor people living here. These politicians start winning elections here first.

Current MLA from Kendrapara Assembly Constituency is Kishor Tarei, from BJD who won the seat in State elections of 2014.[6] Previous MLAs from this seat were Sipra Mallick of BJD in 2009, Utkal Keshari Parida of OGP in 2004, Bed Prakash Agarwalla who won this seat in 2000 representing BJP and also earlier in 1990 representing JD and in 1977 representing JNP, Bhagabat Prasad Mohanty of INC who won in 1995 and in 1985, and Indramani Rout of INC (I) in 1980.


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Archana Nayak

Archana Nayak (born 27 February 1966) is a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. She represents the Kendrapara constituency of Orissa as a member of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) political party. Before 2009 general elections she resigned from BJD and Joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).In the elections she contested from Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha Constituency.

She is well known as a firebrand leader of the state.

Baijayant Panda

Baijayant "Jay" Panda is an Indian BJP politician, national vice president, official spokesperson and former member of Lok Sabha from Kendrapara constituency.

Elected from the Kendrapara constituency with a BJD ticket, Panda was suspended from the Biju Janata Dal party for alleged anti-party activities on 24 January 2018 and resigned from BJD on 28 May 2018. He said he was "shocked" and denied the charges against him as "false and baseless." He also alleged there was a conspiracy against him. Previously, he had served in the indirectly elected Rajya Sabha, from 2000 to 2009. He joined BJP on 4 March 2019 at New Delhi.

Baladevjew Temple

Baladev Jew Temple is situated in Ichhapur (Tulasi Khetra), Kendrapara, Odisha. Baladevjew Temple is a very famous temple of Odisha and Balarama is its main divinity. However, Jagannath and Subhadra are also worshipped in the Ratna Sinhasan in the main temple. An idol representing tulasi as a goddess in a seated position is also present after the sacred seven steps.

Biju Patnaik

Bijayananda Patnaik (5 March 1916 – 17 April 1997), popularly known as Biju Patnaik, was an Indian politician, aviator and businessman. As politician, he served twice as the Chief Minister of the State of Odisha.

Brahmani River

The Brahmani is a major seasonal river in the Odisha state of Eastern India. The Brahmani is formed by the confluence of the Sankh and South Koel rivers, and flows through the districts of Sundargarh, Deogarh, Angul, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Jajapur and Kendrapara. Together with the riversBaitarani, it forms a large delta before emptying into the Bay of Bengal at Dhamra.

Kendrapara (Lok Sabha constituency)

Kendrapara Lok Sabha Constituency is one of the 21 Lok Sabha (Parliamentary) Constituencies in Odisha state in Eastern India.

Kendrapara (Odisha Vidhan Sabha constituency)

Kendrapara (Sl. No.: 97) is a Vidhan Sabha constituency of Kendrapara district, Odisha.This constituency includes Kendrapara, Kendrapara block and 12 Gram panchayats (Alapua, Taradipal, Penthapal, Andara, Baluria, Amrutamanohi, Nilakanthapur, Balipatana, Narasinghpur, Badamulabasanta, Dihapada and Singhagan) of Pattamundai block.

Kendrapara Autonomous College

Kendrapara Autonomous College is a co-aid non-government autonomous college located in town of Kendrapada, Odisha. The autonomous college was established in the year 1959 and is one of the premier institution in Kendrapada district. In the year 2005 UGC granted this college its autonomous status to run its undergraduate educational curriculum. The college got its accreditation by NAAC with grade A certification in the year 2005. The autonomous college offers students three years of regular undergraduate courses in degree of Arts (B.A), (B.A. Hons), Commerce (B.Com, B.Com. Hons) and Science (B.Sc.) (B.Sc. Hons).

Kendrapara district

Kendrapara District is an administrative district of Odisha state in eastern India. The town of Kendrapara is the district headquarters. Kendrapara District is situated in the eastern portion of the state, and is bounded on the north by Bhadrak District, on the east by the Bay of Bengal, on the south by Jagatsinghpur District, on the west by Cuttack District and on the northwest by Jajpur District.

Lakhmi Varaha Temple

Sri Lakshmi Varaha Swamy Temple is a 500-year-old Indian temple dedicated to Varaha, the boar incarnation of Vishnu.

List of constituencies of the Odisha Legislative Assembly

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* representatives had contested the election with NCP ticket.


Mahakalapada (Sl. No.: 100) is a Vidhan Sabha constituency of Kendrapara district, Odisha.This constituency includes Mahakalapada block and 16 Gram panchayats (Silipur, Dasipur, Dumuka, Marshaghai, Garajanga, Talasanga, Parakula, Akhuadakhin, Raghabapur, Antei, Batira, Beruhan, Manikunda, Angulai, Kuhudi and Mangarajpur) of Marsaghai block.

Nityanand Kanungo

Nityanand Kanungo was one of India's prominent politicians from the state of Odisha, who held successive high profile portfolios in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's cabinet.

Nityanand Kanungo was born in Cuttack on 4 May 1900 and was educated at Ravenshaw College and University College (Calcutta). He was a member of the Indian National Congress and served as a member of the Orissa Legislative Assembly from 1937 to 1939 and again from 1946 to 1952.When Orissa was granted provincial autonomy as per the Government of India Act 1935, Kanungo served as the Minister for Revenue and Public Works Departments in the cabinet of Biswanath Das from 1937 to 1939. He was again appointed a Minister in 1946 and served till 1952, looking after the Home, Law, Industries and Agriculture portfolios.

In 1952, Kanungo was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Kendrapara constituency. In September, 1954 he was appointed Union Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry. From August 1955 in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's cabinet; he was Union Minister of Industries, and in June 1956 was designated Union Minister of Consumer Industries. In 1957, he was again returned to the Lok Sabha and was appointed Union Minister of Commerce. Kanungo was a member of the Indian Delegation to the International Labour Conference in San Francisco (1948) and was the Leader of the Delegation to the Conference of the International Rice Commission held in Jakarta in 1952.In the Indian general election, 1962, Kanungo was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Cuttack constituency. He was Union Minister for Commerce and Industries, in the Nehru cabinet, and after the bifurcation of that portfolio, Union Minister, in turn, for Commerce and later for Industry. He finished up as Union Minister for Civil Aviation.Kanungo served as the Governor of Gujarat from 1 August 1965 to 6 December 1967. He was the Governor of Bihar from 7 December 1967 to 20 January 1971.


Patkura (Sl. No.: 96) is a Vidhan Sabha constituency of Kendrapara district, Odisha.This constituency includes Derabish block, Garadapur and 7 Gram panchayats (Jalapoka, Karilopatna, Aitipur, Jamapada, Mehendinagar, Bachharai and Bandhakata) of Marshaghai block.


Pattamundai is a town and a municipality in Kendrapara district in the Indian state of Odisha, located on the centre of SH-9A from Cuttack to Chandbali along the south end of Brahmani River. It is also the headquarter of Pattamundai Block.


Rajanagar (Sl. No.: 99) is a Vidhan Sabha constituency of Kendrapara district, Odisha.This constituency includes Pattamundai (M), Rajanagar block and 18 Gram panchayats (Bachhara, Srirampur, Damarpur, Sansarphal, Khanata, Oupada, Chandanagar, Sasana, Dosia, Khadianta, Gangarampur, Aradapali, Sanjharia, Badapada, Bilikana, Badamohanpur, Dihudipur and Balabhadrapur) of Pattamundai block.


Rasabali (Odia: ରସାବଳୀ, IAST: rasābaḷi) is a sweet dish from Odisha, India. Rasabali is offered to Baladevjew, and originated in the Baladevjew Temple of Kendrapara. It is one of the Chapana bhoga of Jagannath temple.It consists of deep fried flattened reddish brown patties of chhena (farmer cheese) that are soaked in thickened, sweetened milk (rabri). Flattening the chhena into palm-sized patties is done in order to allow them to absorb the milk more readily. The thickened milk is also usually lightly seasoned with crushed cardamoms.

Srikant Kumar Jena

Srikant Kumar Jena (born 18 June 1950), is an Indian politician hailing from Ratnagiri, Jajpur district, Odisha. He was the Union Cabinet Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism in the Gujral ministry and Deve Gowda ministry He was the Minister of State(Independent charge) for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Statistics & Programme Implementation in the Second Manmohan Singh ministry.He was Union Minister of State, Small Scale Industry, Agro and Rural Industries in the V. P. Singh ministry He represented the Balasore parliamentary constituency in the 15th Lok Sabha.

He had been elected as MLA in Odisha Legislative Assembly, three times between 1977 and 1989. In 1979-80, he held the post of Minister of State, Industry and Urban Development, Govt. of Odisha. He got elected to Lok Sabha for the first time in 1989 and then subsequently three more times to 9th Lok Sabha, 10th Lok Sabha and 15th Lok Sabha in 1991, 1996 and 2001 respectively. Before joining Indian National Congress, he was party member of Janata Dal.

He did his B.A. from at Kendrapara College, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

St. Joseph's School, Kendrapara

St. Joseph's School, Kendrapara, is an Indian Jesuit school, located in Kendrapara, Odisha, working under the Loyola Educational Society and established by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar. It is the only Indian Certificate of Secondary Education English-medium school in Kendrapara. It is a coeducational, minority school,

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