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Monday, January 30, 2017

Wildlife at Kalahandi

Kalahandi has earmarked numerious wildlife  to protect its Flora and Fauna. Kalahandi district is the home of the most beautiful places and also rich in wildlife.

The famous wildlife of the Kalahandi district is the Karlapat.


Karlapat is nearly 35km away from Bhawanipatna ,the district headquarter of Kalahandi. On the Bhawanipatna-Thuamula Rampur road is karlapat situated. This area is famous for its charming wildlife. The dense vegetation of the area is a host to a variety  of flora and fauna. It has varieties of wildlife ,particularly Tigers,Sambars,Leopards,gaurs and Chitals are abound in these forest tracts.

Apart from the fabulous tigers,leopards,chitals,sambar and numerous other animals roam about doing their daily business unhampered. Forest officials have also spotted pugmarks of Cheetahs within the forest.

Karlapat is a small village in Th.Rampur Police Station area. Nearby, there is a Water fall called "Khandual" fall at the foot of a hill the top of which is the abode of a female deity called "Khandua". The fall was formerly utilised in some indigenous manner of operating a crushing mill. At Karlapat there is a temple dedicated to "MANIKESWARI".

Other regions such as Debrigarh and Sunabeda are also rich in wildlife.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Kalahandi Utsav - Most Popular Fair of Kalahandi

Kalahandi Utsav is a great fair of Kalahandi District of Orissa. It also the most popular festival in Kalahandi. It is a platform to encourage, motivate and show case the art, culture, music, drama, literature, handy crafts and to place the strength globally. The Utsav starts from the first day of Makar Sankranti and continues for four days at District head quarter Bhawanipatna and Sub‐division Dharamgarh simultaniously but now it organising block wise in district. Artists from Kalahandi as well as across India every year participate in this Utsav. Kalahandi Utsav was initiated by Mr. P.K. Jena, esteemed Ex‐collector of Kalahandi in the year 1996. Then it was organized at Sub‐division level at Dharamgarh by Ex‐Sub‐ Collector Mr. V. Karthikeya Pandian in 2003.

The final function of the mega annual cultural event of Kalahandi ‐ Kalahandi Utsav Ghumura‐ 2010 organised by Zilla Sanskruti Parishad ‐ is scheduled to be held from January 14th to 17th at Lalbahadur stadium of Bhawanipatna and simultaneously in the Sub‐divisional head quarter at Dharamgarh. Artists from all across the State and country will perform a series of folk dances. These include Raibani martial art dance from West Bengal, Mewasi from Gujarat, Bodo dance from Assam, Chau from Saraikala and Mayurbhanj, Ghodanach from Sakhigopal, Sabda Nrutya from Kumbhari, Pasunrutya from Bhanjangar besides Ghumra, Singhbadya, Ghodar dance forms from Kalahandi.

Apart from these, Pallishree Mela, KBK Craft Mela, Food Mela and agriculture fair will be organized in 258 stalls at the Lalbahadur stadium. Volley ball tournament among youths of KBK Districts, Kabi Sammelani and a seminar will also be held. On the eve of the Utsav, the Ghumura dance marathon will be organised. At Dharamgarh, besides cultural shows the major attraction will be an exhibition Namaste Kalahandi showcasing culture, heritage, and literature and development aspects of Kalahandi.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Asurgarh - The Ancient Fort Of Kalahandi

Asurgarh is very ancient in the history and culture of Western Orissa. The very literal meaning of Asurgarh is “the fort of demons”. Forts bearing names Asurgarh are found in different parts of Western Orissa usually on the bank of river or in the outskirt of the villages/towns. From very ancient times people had associated such places with rulers and administrators. In course of time, such places were abandoned and only structural remains and antiquities are found. These places are fearful for common people but are important for archaeologists and historians. Forts bearing the names ‘Asurgarh’ though found at near Barpali, Rampur, Manamunda and Adgaon, exploration and excavation are conducted only at Asurgarh, near Manamunda in the district of Sonepur and near Narla in the Dist. of Kalahandi.

Asurgarh fort is situated one and half miles to the north-east of Rupra road Railway station on Sambalpur-Vishakhapatnam railway lines. The fort of Asurgarh is located at latitude 20’: 30’ and longitude 83’: 83’. It is about 20 K.Ms from Bhawanipatna, the district headquarters of Kalahandi. About one K.M. to the south of this fort, there is an old village named Asurgarh and it is perhaps the fort was named after the village or it may also that the village has been so named after the old fort. This fort is the largest and most important one and the excavation there throw significant light on the history and culture of South Kosala and Mahakantara region.The ramparts as found at present are about four meters in width and 15 to 50 meters in height and are made of rubbles and mud with bricks facing close to the western ramparts, the river Sandul flows to the north to meet the river Tel and there by providing a natural boundary.

The P.G. Dept of History, Sambalpur University and the Dept. of Culture, Govt. of Orissa had undertaken limited excavation of Asurgarh jointly in the year 1973.5 Antiquities were already exposed at Asurgarh as mentioned by Scholar P.K. Deo,6 late Maharaja of Kalahandi.