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Chandabali (or Chandbali) is an old town in the Bhadrak district of Odisha on the bank of the River Baitarani.[1]

Chandabali
Town/NAC
Nickname(s): 
CNB
Chandabali is located in Odisha
Chandabali
Chandabali
Location in Odisha, India
Chandabali is located in India
Chandabali
Chandabali
Chandabali (India)
Coordinates: 20°47′0″N 86°46′0″E / 20.78333°N 86.76667°E / 20.78333; 86.76667Coordinates: 20°47′0″N 86°46′0″E / 20.78333°N 86.76667°E / 20.78333; 86.76667
Country India
StateOdisha
DistrictBhadrak district
Government
 • TypeNAC
 • BodyChandabali NAC
Population
 • Total100,905 up to 2,011
Languages
 • OfficialOdia
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
756133
Vehicle registrationOD
Member of ParliamentManjulata Mandal
ConstituencyBhadrak
Member of Legislative AssemblyByomkesh Ray
Websiteodisha.gov.in

HistoryEdit

Before the 19th century AD, Chandabali was a small fishing village, and a natural river port. In 1866, trading began from this port to Bengal and in 1881, it was declared a government port by the British government. This led to growth and development of a market for agricultural produce.

In the 1910s, the United States Hydrographic Office noted that the opening of the Bengal-Nagpur Railway had drawn trade away from the port, and that the port was now considered to be simply part of the port of Dhamra. At the time, the port had between 22 and 30 feet of anchorage, in front of the town, with three landing piers, the water 10 feet deep at their ends. A steamer service ran four times per week between there and Calcutta. The town itself had a single police station, a customhouse and warehouse, and a traveler's bungalow. The 1901 Census of India had recorded the population as 1,826.[2]

AttractionsEdit

 
Maa Patana Mangala Temple, Chhatrapada, Ghanteswar Promoted By K.C.Nayak(NALU) son of Kashi Nath Nayak
 
Maa Patana Mangala's Bada Singhara Besa in Maha Vishuva Sankranti{Promoted By K.C.Nayak(NALU)}

The 650 km2 Bhitarkanika National Park is about 35 km away, accessible via ferry.The park, one of the few marine parks in India, was established to protect saltwater crocodiles, with the special status of Crocodile Sanctuary. The Odisha Government has established a saltwater crocodile-breeding center in the park.[3] Other attractions are the remains of two 9th century monuments and a temple dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva.[citation needed]. Another Shakti pitha Maa Patana Mangala Temple(Chhatrapada) is about 25.0 km(30 mins) away from Chandabali.One of the major famous festival for "Patua Yatra" is held at Chhatrapada from April 14 to 21 April annually.Chandabali is home to the Sri Aurobindo Dibyadham Ashram, its Relics Temple and Integral Education centre.[4] The Baba Akhandalamani shiv temple (Aradi is around 15 km away from Chandbali and is one of the renowned saiva pitha's in Odisha.There is a famous temple of Goddess Kali at one end of chandabali market and Goddess Durga at other end.

The river bank of Chandabali is very attractive.The town is famous for its exquisite fish and dry fish industry which is also supplied to other parts of the state.

There is a bridge which connects Chandabali with Kendrapada district.The town is now back to its glory and converted from panchayat to a town because of NAC, good condition of road connecting to Bhadrak,some good educational institutions, park and others.The oldest High school is situated at the heart of the town " Dakha High School chandbali". The School is known for its art of teaching and it has produced some great minds in its 62 years history.It is 50 km away from Bhadrak.There are one N.A.C namely Chandbali N.A.C and six gram panchayats (G.P.) in Chandbali namely Panchpada G.P., Vijaya nagar G.P., Bhatapada G.P., Baligaon G.P., Tentulidiha G.P and Ostia G.P.. Population of Chandbali (six gram panchayats taken together)is nearly 20000, of them 16000(approx.)are above 18 years of age.

Educational InstitutesEdit

  • Chandbali Degree College, Chandbali
  • Dakha High School, Chandbali
  • Venkateswar School,(CBSE)
  • Crew Training Institute, Chandbali
  • Motto High School,Motto

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chandbali". Bhadrak district. Archived from the original on 16 July 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2010.
  2. ^ USHO 1916, pp. 188.
  3. ^ "Bhitar Kanika National Park". India for Visitors. Retrieved 24 November 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Sri Aurobindo Dibya Dham, Chandabali Bhadrak". MotherOrissa. Retrieved 24 November 2010.[permanent dead link]

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