Boudh

Boudh

The district of Boudh is situated in central part of the State. Earlier it was an integral part of Phulbani district, which was known as “Boudh Kandhamal”. It was raised to the status of a district headquarters of Odisha on January 02, 1994. The geographical situation of the district is so that the natural resource division and cultural division is similar to its mother district Phulbani. It has resembling geographical features of hills and forests of Phulbani on its length, dry and plain land like characteristic on its North, which more or less keeps similarity with Sonepur and other Mahanadi basin areas. Boudh is traversed by river Mahanadi and its tributaries, along which lie the extensive riverine fertile plains. The socio-economic genesis of the people of Boudh lies in the agrarian economy which is due to large and extensive fertile plains suitable for cultivation.

The district is situated at 20° 24′ North to 20° 54′ latitude and 83° 34′ East to 84 ° 48′ East Longitude, covering an area of 1833.50 sq. km. The population of the district is around 4, 00, 000, that constitutes approximately one percent of the state population. The district is rural in character and 95 percent of its population live in villages. The backward population consisting of scheduled caste and scheduled tribe form 32 percent of the total population of the district.

POPULATION BY SEX & CASTE
Place of Residence Sex Population Scheduled Castes Scheduled Tribes OBC/ General
Total Persons 373,372 81,710 46,557 245,105
Male 188,155 41,004 23,276 123,875
Female 185,217 40,706 23,281 121,230
Rural Persons 355,347 77,680 46,179 231,488
Male 178,849 38,963 23,074 116,812
Female 176,498 38,717 23,105 114,676
Urban Persons 18,025 4,030 378 13,617
Male 9,306 2,041 202 7,063
Female 8,719 1,989 176 6,554
  • Airways: The nearest Airport is at Bhubaneswar (240 km).
  • Roadways: Boudh is well connected with road and rail with other district headquarter and the state capital Bhubaneswar. One can come to Boudh via State Highway No. 1 & 14 (via Nayagarh-Charichhak) or by NH-42, via Angul and can travel a distance of 27 km to reach Boudh.
  • Railways: Regular train services are available from Bhubaneswar viz. Bhubaneswar – Sambalpur Intercity Express, Hirakud Express, Puri-Sambalpur passenger train. To reach Boudh one has to get down at Rairakhole station.

Where to stay?
It can be stated that visiting Odisha is generally affordable for visitors. One of the important reason behind this is the availability of cheap accommodation facilities. A good number of cheap hotels are available for visitors.

This district is famous for a large number of festivals, celebrated all round the year by the Hindus. They are either domestic festivals or public festivals. The domestic festivals generally caters to worshiping of family deities and observance of Ekadashis and Vrats. Public festivals on the other hand are a reason for merrymaking, melas, fun. They are religious ceremonies attended by a large number of men, women and children who come for worship as well as entertainment. The main festivals are: Chuda Khai Yatra, Ratha Yatra, Laxmi Puja, Nuakhai, Shivaratri, Dussehra, Dola Yatra, Puajiuntia and Bhaijiuntia, Ramaleela, Kalashi Yatra, Karma Dance, Danda Nata and Dalkhai Dance.

Boudh is famous for its century old aesthetically built temples, ancient Buddha statues and caves. With the spread of Saivism, Vaishnavism and a number of other cults, numerous shrines dedicated to various deities were found in this region. The mystic beauty of this place engulfs the visitors in its magical charm. Devotees and nature lovers will find this place exhilarating. The serenity of the place makes the people visit this place again and again.