Gajapati district,Odisha

Gajapati is a district of Odisha, India. It was created from Ganjam District in October, 1992. Gajapati district was named after Maharaja Sri Krushna Chandra Gajapati Narayan Dev, the Raja Sahib of the Paralakhemundi estate (the first Chief Minister of the state), who is remembered for his contribution in the formation of a separate state, and inclusion of the Paralakhemundi estate in Odisha. The district headquarters at Paralakhemundi, formerly a princely estate, has been clustered within a radius of approximately 5 kilometers around the geometric centre of Paralakhemundi. The District is a part of the Red Corridor.

As of 2011 it is the third least populous district of Odisha (out of 30), after Debagarh and Boudh.

Geography of Gajapati district,Odisha

Paralakhemundi is the District Headquarters and also the largest town of the Gajapati district. Kashinagara is the second largest town of Gajapati district.

Economy in Gajapati district,Odisha

In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Gajapati one of the country’s 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).It is one of the 19 districts in odisha currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme.

Culture in Gajapati district,Odisha

The epic mountain Mahendragiri, a segment of Eastern Ghats is situated in paralakhemundi. Legend says that it is the place where lord Parashurama, a chiranjeevi staying eternally and doing tapasya. Temples built by Pandavas are seen. Main festival here is Shivaratri, the worship of Shiva, the guru or percepter of lord Parashurama.

Places Of Intrest in Gajapati district,Odisha
Mahendra Giri:

Mahendragiri of Gajapati district is not only a religious place, also a famous tourist place in eastern Odisha. Mahendragiri is a mountain peak, which is a part of Eastern Ghats at an elevation of 1,501 meters (4,976 ft) from the sea level. Mahendragiri peak is around 56 km from the district headquarter Paralakhemundi.

The nearest railway station is Palasa of Andhra Pradesh, which is only 30 km distance via Goppili Road. To know more about this place and other nearby attractions read this article completely.

Mahendragiri peak of Eastern Ghats is associated with many mythological legends as per Hindu Puranas and stories. It was said since a long as once Lord Parshuram used to stay and meditate Lord Shiva for a long time on this mountain, after which he received the Parsu (double axle) from the God.

In addition, during Dwapara Yug, Mother Kunti along with her five sons used to stay here for a certain time during their 12 years of Vanvas (exile), and Bhima used to worship the Lord Shiva here too. The holistic place is though famous for the temple of Lord Shiva and Parshuram. Parshuram temple is at below the mountain, near Tumba village, whereas temples of Kunti, Judhistir and Bheema are on the hilltop.

In Kunti temple, there is a Gokarneswar Linga (ear of cow shaped), in which whatever amount of water poured, gets disappear. The main festival of Mahendragiri is Maha Shiva Ratri that occurs in between February and March. A thousand of devotees from around the world travels here and trek onto the peak to worship Lord Shiva on that day and enjoys the tranquil and striking expressions of nature.

On the eve of Maha Shiva Ratri, as thousands of people came here to worship, District Magistrate taking care with special preparations, such as Mobile Health Unit, Drinking Water facility etc. however to expose this place world widely, providing good communication to the peak and accommodation nearby, some major steps must be taken by the District Administrator and or Tourism Dept.


It is situated at about 90 kms. from Paralakhemundi and 15 kms. from R. Udayagiri. The Tibetans settle a BEAUTIFUL place surrounded by forest. Large-scale horticulture plantation like mango, orange, guava, pineapple etc. along with a Government horticulture farm as well as the cultural activities of the Tibetans makes this place more beautiful. This place is famous for seasonal fruits, Tibetan woolen garments & carpet also for dogs of various breeds. It is also a health resort.

Gandahati Waterfall:

Gandahati is more about 30 km far from Paralakhemundi and which belongs to in Gajapati district of Odisha. The place is famous for the glittering water fall, which is famous water fall in Odisha and this this enclosed by dense green forest. You will find so many wild animals like elephant and these elephants are coming from upper side of the hill to this waterfall to bath/drink water.

One BEAUTY-full hindu temple is present near to this water fall. It can be reached both by rail & road. The nearest railway station Palasa is 44 kms away from Paralakhemundi. All the trains connecting Howrah with the southern part pass through Palasa and have a halt here. JITM campus is 7 kms away from Paralakhemundi.

Brundavan Palace:

Its known as Brundaban Palace, was made by the Maharaja of Paralakhemundi for their use during summer. It is situated on the bank of river Mahendratanaya surrounded by thick teak trees. The palace is three storied including an under ground floor. There an under ground connection to it with the main palace of Maharaja. The art engraved in this palace is worth seeing. Now it is under the control of Dept. of Tourism, Govt of Odisha. There is an orchard near to the palace. People of Paralakhemundi and its near by towns use to visit this place during winter for picnic as well as for its scenic beauty.