History of Dhenkanal
Dhenkanal has a royal background, as pre-independence it was ruled by Raja Shankar Singhdeo Mahindra Bahadur, who was the King. Post-independence, Dhenkanal was merged with other princely regions. The King became MLA. His son, Brig. K. P. Singhdeo served as MP for a considerable amlunt of time.
Geography of DhenkanalThe Dhenkanal district in Odisha comprises an area of 4950 sq km with a vast portion of it overlaid with deep forests and stretched hill ranges. For this reason, this district is also recognized as ‘Home of elephants and tigers of the country’. The exact geographical location of Dhenkanal is 85 degree 58’ East till 2’ East longitude, and the latitudinal position between 20 degree 29’ North to 21 degree 11’ North.
Climate and Agriculture in DhenkanalDhenkanal experiences a temperate climate. It is hot and highly humid here in April and May, and chilling in December and January. The monsoon hits the region commonly in June giving of about 1422 mm of average rainfall per year. Speaking about the agricultural offerings, the District grows a generous amount of rice, cashews, potato, ground nut, sugarcane, mango, jackfruit and some vegetables as primary agricultural yields. Dhenkanal bears an affluence in marking the emergence of notable personalities. Freedom fighters like Baji Rout, Bir Baisnab Pattnaik, renowned poet Brajanath Badajena, first and the single chief minister of Odisha – Nandini Satpathy, Kalpana Das – the first lady from Odisha to summit Mt. Everest are the eminent figures born here.
Tourism in DhenkanalThough a small town, Dhenkanal offers many tourist spots that comprise of temples, Naganatheswar Temple, Astasambhu Temple, Sri Kanakeswar, Sri Annakoteshwar and many more. There are lot many nice places to see around Dhenkanal as well like Ganesh Khola, Ladagada and Sarang.
Culture of DhenkanalDhenkanal district is known for its festivals and carnivals. A very popular of them to be celebrated here is the Gajalaxmi Puja. Every year this festival starts in the Kumar Purnima and continues for the next 11 days. Kapilash in this district is the home of Lord Chandra Sekhar and is a famous tourist spot of the state. “Jagar Yatra” is celebrated every year during the Maha Shiva Ratri. The Dussehra festival held in Kamakhyanagar marks the culture of this district even more significantly. Maghamela held at Joronda every year is another famous festival of ‘Mahima Dharma’. It starts on Magh Purnima every year and is held for 4 days. The bullock festival held at Bhuban is also of much importance. In this festival the bullocks are raced and the owners of the winners are awarded.
Dhenkanal district is also reputed for its traditional art practices. The handicraft industry of this area is widely applauded for its fine creations. The dokra works, brass works, bell metal works, wood and stone engravings, Straw works, horn works, bamboo works, tribal accessories works, art textiles, pottery works, woollen carpets have gained worldwide acclamation.