Baripada is a city, recognized by its beautiful culture and an essence of purity in nature that is situated a distance of 248km from Kolkata and 256km from Bhubaneshwar.
Updated: December 12, 2018
Baripada is a city, recognized by its beautiful culture and an essence of purity in nature that is situated a distance of 248km from Kolkata and 256km from Bhubaneshwar. Its Rath Yatra is considered the biggest and oldest after Puri and thus Baripada is also known as Dwitiya Srikhetra or Second Puri.
It is host to the world famous Car Festival (Rathyatra) which allows only women to pull the Rath of Maa Subhadra and gathers huge crowds. The temples here are known to be one of the oldest in Odisha and devotees comes from all over with a stong sense of faith and devotion.
During the mid of April an event is organized here that celebrates the best talents of Chhau, a world renowned dance form, indigenous to the region. Baripada is also known for its Bangripori or 'tusser' fabric, that can be found anywhere in its local markets.
The main attraction of Baripada are Simlipal nature park, Jwala mukhi temple, Jagannath temple, Chandipur market, Palace of Mayur Bhanj, Baripada museum and many more.
Simlipal nature park is just a few kilometers away from Baripada which is spread across about 846 square kilometers of area. The name Simlipal suggest the abundance of 'Semul' or red silk cotton trees in the vicinity. It is a gateway to heaven with a tiger reserve, sparkling waterfalls, numerous species of animals and birds, Semul or red silk cotton trees and countless other things to leave you awestruck.
Jwala mukhi temple is a temple where a blue burning flame is kindled with reliant devotion as Goddess Jwala, the goddess of light or fire.
Jaga means universe and Nath means god, hence Jagannath temple of Birapada is devoted to the lord of the universe and is also addressed as Bada Jagannath.
Baripada region is famous for its fine Bangripori "tusser" fabric and people who visit this place should surely invest in these. Market of Chandanpur has an elaborately wide variety of handlooms and other such things.
Palace of Mayur Bhanj is one of the landmarks of Baripada which depicts an amazing fusion of sincere engineering and intricate architecture.
This magnificently beautiful palace belonged to the Maharajas of Mayurbhanj which also was revered as a princely state during British Raj but was sold to the Orissa government after the independence by the last ruler of Bhanj dynasty. The palace, however needs a lot of renovation and is now divided into two colleges.
Baripada museum has some of the rarest artifacts here, like stone sculptures, historical documents, terracotta art pieces and other aesthetic commodities. The museum also has a library which has guide books about the history of the artifacts.