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Raigada district

Rayagada is a district of meadows, forests, water falls and terraced valleys, peopled by colourful tribals and many Primitive Tribal Groups. The scenic beauty and heritage on the land is an unexplored paradise.

How to reach


By Air

Getting to Raigada is not difficult. Nearest airport is at Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) 200 km away which is well connected with New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Nagpur by flights.

By Train

Well connected from other parts of India like Delhi, Chennai, Allepy, Bokaro, Raipur, Gujrat, Nagpur, Kolkata, Hyderbad, Bilaspur and Bhubaneswar.

By Road

Convenient road transport facilities available as NH-43 is passing through Koraput,i.e. 109 KMs from Rayagada. Direct Express bus services are available from Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagarm, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Jeypore, Koraput, Malkangiri, Phulbani, etc.

Fairs and Festivals

Chaitra Parba of MAA MAJI GHARIANI GODDESS

Rath Yatra at Rayagada in the month of July

Kali Puja at Block Colony, Rayagada in the month of November.

Laxmi Puja at New Colony, Rayagada in the month of October.

Dasehra at J.K.Pur in the month of October.

Annual celebration of Gram Devata during March- April (9 days) at Rayagada

Medical

District Head Quarters Hospitals Rayagada. Phone No.06856-222059, Ambulance - 06856-222059, 102

Postal

Available in almost all the places of the district.

Banks
State Bank of India and other Nationalised Banks have their branches at Rayagada and other important places of the District.

Shopping

Shopping complexes are available under the supervision of Municipality, Special Planning Authority and also private. There is no weekly special markets at Rayagada, but in surrounding villages weekly markets are held. All essential commodities are made available at those places to facilitate the remote tribal people.

Weekly Market / Hats of Rayagada

Sunday

Narayanaopatna, Dongasil, Amlabhatta(12 Km).

Monday

Ambadola (90) KM, Sourapalli.

Tuesday

Majhiguda(35KM), Gumma(15 KM), Dahikhal ( Via Muniguda-77KM) Dukum(Via - Bissamcuttack-60 km)

Wednesday

Chatikona (43 KM), Kashipur ( 70 KM) , Muniguda (65 KM)

Thursday

Rapkona (31 KM), Mukundpur ( 30 KM), Hatmunuiguda (58 KM)

Friday

Tikiri (58 KM)

Saturday

Seshikhal (20 KM), Gorakhpur (60 KM)

Bhamini Cattle Market ( Via Gumuda-70 KM)

Places of Interest

Maa Majhighariani

Maa Majhighariani is famous in Southern Division of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. Most of the devotees are coming from Madhyapradesh Chatishgarh, Andhra pradesh including undivided Koraput District. Only the face of the Maa MajhiGhariani is worshiped. During Sunday, Wednesday and Friday a large number of Devotees are coming to this place for worshiping the Goddess. The temple is famous for Chaitra-Parba i.e. March-April of every year.

Hatipathar

Only 3 Kms from the district headquarter. It is a place of great scenic beauty with two water falls on the course of river Nagavali. The scenic beauty is impressive and the boulders here appear like huge elephants. It is 133Kms from Koraput.

Laxminarayan Temple

Famous Laxminarayan Temple situated at IMFA Factory, Therubali. The deities Laxminarayan, Hanuman, Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra and Lord Siva also worshiped by thousands devotees.

Paikapada

The place Paikapada is famous for so many Siva Lingams. The deities like Lord Jagannath, Maa Dhakineswar Kalika, Samudra etc. are worshiped here. The car festival of Lord Jagannath is also celebrated and during Sivaratri a large number of pilgrims come to observe the function. The Place is situated near Theruballi. It is believed that there are 99,99,999 shivlingams (only one less to 1 crore) in & around Paikapada shrine.

Chatikona

It is located about 48 Kms from Rayagada surrounded by a series of valleys and wooden hills of varying colours and the place is a center of pilgrimage for the temple of Mahadev. It offers picnickers gorgeous view of the waterfall. The Siva temple is the focus of hectic activities on Siva Ratri. The Dongaria Kondha of Chatikona represent the primitive section of the tribe.

Minajhola

It is only 134 Kms from Rayagada. It is a beauty spot of nature, has a siva temple at the confluence of three rivers. It is situated in the heart of dense forest, rich in wild life. Sivaratri is a popular festival of this place. Though there is no good all weather road yet the place is worth visiting. Regular bus service is available from Rayagada and Gunupur upto Gudari.The rest 25 Kms. Road is Jeepable.

Devagiri hill

The Devagiri hill rises to a height of 120.2 meters. Unlike other hills it is not narrower upwards. The top of the hill is a flat platform of rectangular plain, which can be approached only from the northern side. There are 476 steps which are the unique feature of the Devagiri. At the top of the hill, there are perennial poles of water called Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Bhargavi and Indradyumna.

There is a cave looking like two Jaws, The Siva Lingam is enshrined at the meeting point of the Jaws. Sivaratri is its biggest festival, which draws a large crowd every year. It is 50 KMs from Rayagada. Regular bus services are available from Rayagada to Kalyansingpur and the sacred hill is close to Kalyansingpur.

Padmapur

Housing the shrine of Manikeswari Siva. It is identified to be the seat of Dharmakirti, the Budhist-Logician-philosopher. It is 90Kms from Rayagada.

Raigada District at a glance :
Geographical Area 7584.7 Sq. Kms.
Administrative Set-up
No. of Sub-divisions (2) Rayagada
& Gunupur
No. of Blocks (11) Rayagada Sub-Division -- Rayagada, Kashipur,Kolonara and Kalyansinghpur
No. of Tehsils (4) Rayagada, Kashipur, Gunupur & Bissam Cuttack.
No. of Municipality (1) Rayagada
No. of N.A.C. (2) Gunupur & Gudari
Police stations including Mahila P.S. 12 Nos.
Fire stations 04 Nos.
Assembly Constituencies 04
Towns 04
Panchayats 171
Villages
Inhabited 2445
Uninhabited 222
Population, 2001 Census (Provisional) 8,23,000
SC 1,17,524 (14.28 %)
ST 4,61,209 (56.04 %)
OC 2,44,266 (29.68%)
Percentage of District population of State population 2.24
Decennial Growth Rate (Percentage) 1991-2001(P) 15.27
Sex Ratio (Females per '000 males) 2001 (P) 1029
Population Density (per Sqr. Km.) 2001 (P) 116
Literacy Rates 2001(P)
Male 47.35
Female 24.31
Total 35.61
Production of Major Crops (2000-01) (in Qtl.)
Paddy 1106918
Wheat --
Maize 42061
Ragi 71818
Mung 1329
Biri 3616
Kulthi 3220
Til 7579
Groundnut 2036
Mustard 1066
Potato 4023
Jute 30
Sugarcane 63246
Rain fall
Normal rainfall (M.M) 1521.8
Actual rainfall 2000 (M.M) 876.8
Deviation from normal (M.M) (-) 645.0
Irrigation Potential created (upto 1999-00) in '000 hect
Major & Medium
Khariff 8.80
Rabi 2.00
Minor (Flow)
Khariff 20.03
Rabi 5.34
Minor (Lift)
Khariff 13.17
Rabi 7.90
Land utilisation Pattern 1999-2000 ('000 hect.)
Forest Area 281
Mis. Tree permanent pasture, Land put to Non-Agrl. use, Barren & uncultivable land
Cultivable Waste 12
Current Fallow 31
Other Fallow 14
Net area sown 172
% of forest area of the district to state total 4.84
% of forest area of the district. 39.76
Education (1999-2000)
Primary Schools
No. of Schools 1482
Enrolment 84,000
No. of Teachers 3203
Middle Schools
No. of Schools 186
Enrolment 10,000
No. of Teachers 361
Secondary Schools
No. of Schools 83
Enrolment 14,000
No. of Teachers 711
General Colleges
No. of Colleges 19
Enrolment 9,000
No. of teachers 245
Consumption of Fertiliser (1999-2000)
Gross Cropped area (in '000 hect.) 229
Fertiliser Consumption (Kg./Hect.) 22
Cropping Intensity (%) 133
Animal Husbandry: (2000-01)
Hospitals & Dispensaries 16
A.I. centres 25
Production of Milk (in '000 MT) 26.96
Production of Egg (Mil No.) 29.28
Meat (in MT) 576.20
Industry (1998-99)
Registered reporting factories 26
Total employees 4240
Productive capital 6294352000
Net value added by manufacture (Rs. in lakh) 4287
Fishery (2000-01)
Production of fresh water fish (in MT) 653
Medical & Family Welfare (2000-01)
District Headquarter Hospitals 01
Sub-Divisional and Other Hospitals 02
Community Health Centres 06
Primary Health Centres (New) 34
Primary Health Centres (Mobile Health Units) 11
Beds in Hospitals 225
Ayurvedic Hospitals & Dispensaries including Unani 15
Homoeopathic Hospitals & Dispensaries 10
Infrastructure
Percentage of village Electrified 54.23
Communication 2000-01 ( in Km. )
State Highway 399
Major District Road 130
Other District Road 69
Classified village Road 175
Village Road 750
G.P. Road 4032
Panchayat Samiti Road 751
Forest Road 183
Railway Route length 208
No. of Railway stations 14
Agriculture
Total area of cultivable land in Hect. 184014 Hect.
Area under major food crops 147170 Hect
Area under major millets/course cereals 45867 Hect.
Area under pulses 34100 Hect.
Area under Oil seeds 27500 Hect.
Total farming families in the District 140000
Irrigated lands in Hect:
(i) Khariff 42115 Hect.
(ii) Rabi 11360 Hect.
Forest (Area in Sq. KMs)
Reserve Forest 771.62
Demarcated Protected Forest 1147.19
Undemarcated Protected Forest Area 0
Unclassified Forest Area 0.96
Other forest 892.56
Total 2812.33
Classification of Workers
Cultivators 118395
Small and Marginal Farmers 86188
Agricultural Labourers 121147
Artisans 8510
Cottage Industries House holds 3636
Allied Agro Activities 4260
Other Workers 38574
Total 380710
Banking Network
State Bank of India 17
Indian Overseas Bank 8
Andhra Bank 1
Indian Bank 1
Koraput Panchabati Gramya Bank 20
Koraput Central Co-operative Bank 03
Mini Banks (LAMPs) 14
Health Institutions
Hospital in the District 04
Dispensaries 05
Primary Health Centres 07
Primary Health Centres (New) 34
Community Health Centres 04