About GanjamLocated on border of Andhra Pradesh and home state of Odisha, Ganjam today is well known across India. Thanks to its beautiful beaches and temples that has contributed a lot in making it popular in Orissa and India. . But, there is definitely more to this place than scores of beautiful tourist destinations. Ganjam’s immensely rich history coupled with thriving art and culture and its many other aspects make it a unique and stand out districts amongst hordes of other districts of Odisha. Here is brief look into profile of Ganjam.
Brief History of GanjamGanjam’s history dates back to Mauryan period as many historical accounts, mainly stone inscriptions, clearly indicate that Ganjam during ancient times was part of mighty Mauryan empire. However, with fall of empire, Ganjam almost eclipsed from India’s history for centuries. This region gained back its historical relevancy only in year 1761, when French army gained control over Ganjam and many of its adjoining regions. French’s tryst with Ganjam was, however, immensely short lived. It was cut short by the arrival of British, who by 19th century had gained control over almost entire Indian subcontinent. British ceded its control over Ganjam only in 1947, the year India gained independence. Read More.............
Geography of GanjamGeographically, Ganjam is defiantly one of the richest districts of Odisha state. It is home to beaches, rivers, rich flora & fauna, soils and even minerals. In terms of geographical location, it is located 19.4 to 20.17°North Latitude and 84.7 to 85.12°East Longitude. It covers total area of f 8070.60 sq km. As far as climate is concerned, then temperature during all seasons including monsoon rainfall is pretty moderate. It has a long coast line that facilitates in fishing and other related activities. Read More.................
Business and Economy in GanjamGanjam’s economy is completely agrarian based, with fair amount of support from animal husbandry. Almost 75% of its total workforce is engaged in agriculture, while the rest are engaged in animal husbandry and quite a few industries operating in the district. And amongst quite a few industries that are there ‘mineral extraction industry’ is the most prominent and critical for district’s economy. This is obviously because it generates sizable employment and also contributes to district’s annual revenue. Mineral extraction industry’s big presence in the district is obviously owing to huge mineral reservoirs found here.Another very important industry is Handicarft and Cottage industry, which has always been and even today continues to generate employment and livelihood for thousands of people in the district. In fact Ganjam’s handicraft products are immensely famous and are exported all across India. Read More......................
Tourist Spots in GanjamBeing home to scores of beautiful temples and beaches, Ganjam’s tourism industry surely has immense potential to grow in coming decades. As of today majority of tourists that come to Ganjam are from other districts of Odisha and neighboring states. Very few tourists come from far off places. Below listed the names of few of the most celebrated tourist destination in Ganjam .
- Bhairabi Temple in Mantridi Village
- Gopalpur on sea – located at Gopalpur town. It is one of the beautiful beaches of Ganjam District.
- Taratarini Temple – located near Brahmapur & Chatrapur
- Taptapani Temple located near Brahmapur Town
- Nirmaljhar Temple near Khallikote Village
- Tampara Lake near National Highway no 5
- Nija Bankeswari Temple, 35 kms from Brahmapur Town
- Maa Mahuri Kalua Temple near Brahmapur Town
Art and Culture of GanjamIn terms of art and culture Ganjam is surely one of the richest regions of Odisha state. Here all the major Hindu festivals are celebrated with absolute pomp and show. Accompanying with colors, music and yatra. Celebration fervor is most visible during Diwali and Holi. Another major cultural highlight of Ganjam is Tara Tarini Mela, annual religious fair celebrated at famous Tara Tarini Temple. This annual mela is one of the eagerly awaited religious fairs of Odisha. It is celebrated on each Tuesday in Hindu month of Chaitra (mid March to mid April).
Cultural fervor in Ganjam literally reaches zenith during this period every year. As far as art is concerned, Ganjam has made tremendous contribution to this field. Prahlad natak, a traditional form of theatre originated in Ganajm, is one of the important contributions Ganjam has made to India’s religious theatre. It is still very popular among people of Ganjam. Read More....................
Transportation in GanjamAuto rickshaws and Hand rickshaws are the most popular local transportations in important cities like Brahmapur and Chatrapur. However, existing number of auto rickshaws and hand rickshaws are way to less to cope with transportation needs of local people. As far as connectivity is concerned, Ganjam is directly connected via rail with rest of India. Brahmapur railway station and Chatrapur railway station are the two most important railway stations of Ganjam. They directly connect Ganjam to important cities like New Delhi, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Cuttack, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Puri, Vishakhapatnam, Kolkata and Raipur. Read More..................
Cuisine of GanjamCuisine of Ganjam obviously has a huge overbearing and influence of Odisha cuisine, which has duly earned a unique place in the world of Indian cuisine. The unique thing about cuisine of Odisha and also Ganjam is that unlike other Indian cuisines it is not overtly spicy, but delicately and subtly spicy. Nonetheless, it is as tasty as any other Indian cuisine is.
As for what makes up staple food here, then it is the usual Indian meal Roti, Rice and Dal. Seafood is also immensely popular in Ganjam. This is obviously because Ganjam is a coastal place and fishing is one of the important occupations here. Another very noteworthy thing is that most people in Ganjam are non vegetrarian. This is equally true about people living in rest of Odisha Districts.
Ganjam At A GlanceCountry: India
STD code: 06811
Area: 8,070.6 km2 (3,116.1 sq mi)
Density: 429/km2 (1,110/sq mi)
Languages: Oriya, Hindi, English
Time zone: IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN: 761 xxx
Vehicle registration: OR-07/ OD-07