Located towards the West of the district of Puri, Nayagarh is surrounded by Cuttack district in the North, Phulbani district in the West, Ganjam district in the South and Khurda district in the East. The present district of Nayagarh came into existence on October 2, 1992. The district lies between 19° 54′ to 20° 32′ North latitude and 84° 29′ to 85° 27′ East longitude, covering an area of 3890 sq. km. This district is situated in the hilly ranges in the West and its North Eastern parts has formed a small well cultivated fertile valley intersected by small streams. This district is in the higher altitude than the sea level and above flood level. The river Mahanadi flows in the Eastern boundary. The district carries high temperature in hot months and cooler in winter.
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Located at a distance of 87 km from the State capital and 67 km from Khurda Town, Nayagarh is on NH-224, frequented by regular bus services from Bhubaneswar, Balangir and other places. Nearest railhead in at Khurda Road Railway. Station, 69 km away. Apart from this there are regular interstate bus services from the nearby towns and cities.
Where to stay?
As at other places of the State, the facility for staying like, lodging and accommodations available are not of very high standards, but good & affordable hotels can be obtained. The range of hotels and food facilities available at Nayagarh is always suitable for all classes of peoples and travelers.
- RamnavamiThe festival “Lord Ram’s Birth Day” falls on the 9th day of the bright half of ‘Chaitra” and is observed by the devotees all over the country. Devotees perform puja at every Ram Temple and keep on enjoying through out the day and night by observing yajna, Ramalila (based one Lord Ram’s life story) to please the Lord. Odagaon of Nayagarh is very famous for its unique way of celebrating ‘Ramnavami’.
- Mahabishubha SankrantiMahabishubha Sankranti or Pana Sankranti is celebrated as the Odia New Year throughout Odisha. On this day, people offer delicious “Pana” a sweet drink to the Tulsi Plant and Lord Shiva. Pana Sankranti of Dakhinakali at Nayagarh is a famous festival.
- MaghasaptamiMaghasaptami(Kantilo Mela) at Kantilo occupies prominent place in the history of fair & festival of Odisha.
Kantilo on the bank of river Mahanadi is a popular place. It contains a large bazaar and carried on a considerable trade in cotton, sugar, various clothes and grain. Nayagarh has always been a recruiting center for industrial labour in Burma and elsewhere with the result that always during the past ten years it has probably gained slightly on the balance migration, it has not done so to the some extent as most of the other states in this group(10).
Kantilo is famous for brass works. It is noteworthy to mention here that, Millennium Talent Cup, the first of this kind in the world has the distincting of becoming the world’s tallest cup, was made by the Kansaries of Kantilo for the Orissa Institute of Educational Research, Bhubaneswar with the characteristics: height 76″ Weight 18.8 Kg. Metal-brass, colour-golden yellow, year of 2000. Kantilo is also famous for horn works. Odagaon is famous for stone sculpture. It may be noted here that all most all the temple architects of Orissa are hailed from Odagaon.