is a district of Odisha
, and an historic place of pilgrimage. As Jajpur was once the capital of the Kalinga kingdom
, it is now an area of archeological wealth, including the famous Saktipitha of the Goddess Biraja, as well as the shrines of the Goddess Biraja (Durga
), Sveta Baraha (incarnation of Lord Vishnu
as the white boar), Sapta Matruka, and a host of other religious figures, all located along the bank of the River Baitarani
. Ashokajhar, Chandikhol, Chhatia
, Gokarnika, Kuransa, Mahavinayak, Patharajpur, Ratnagiri
, Satyapira, Singhapur, Vyas Sarobar, and Baruneswar Pitha are some of the destinations that attract tourists to the district, and the region's various natural resources support mines and industries.
The district is in area, of which is forested. The population is 1, 622,868 and the literacy rate is 72.19%. The district headquarters is at Jajpur
, and there are seven Vidhan Sabha
(seats in the lower house). The district is home to some 1,781 villages and two major towns. Annual rainfall is . The district has six tehsils
and 242 gram panchayats
- Biraja Khetra: This is the ancient name of its district headquarter Jajpur town. Jajpur town also known as Biraja Kshetra, the place sacred to Goddess Biraja, the symbol of Sakti(Power). It is a small city surrounded by the river Baitarani in semicircle and a high level canal at the other end. Jajpur town is believed to be the capital of Jajati Keshari the then......