is a district in the western part of state of Odisha
. The historic city of Sambalpur
is the district headquarters.
The district is located in the Mahanadi River
basin. It has a total area of 6,702 square kilometers, of which almost 60% of the district is covered in dense forest. The district is bounded by Deogarh District
to the east, Bargarh
districts to the west, Sundergarh District
to the north, and Subarnapur
districts in the south.
Sambalpur city is the connecting city between Chhattisgarh
and Odisha. Whereas it used to be known for its importance as a diamond
trading centre, nowadays it is mainly known for its textiles, especially the Sambalpuri Saree
. It's a good place from which to explore the surrounding forests and spot, some of the rare species still roaming the area in one of the wild life sanctuaries, such as the well-known Badrama sanctuary. Sambalpur is also famous for Sambalpuri song and Sambalpuri dance.
Sambalpur is mentioned in the book of Ptolemy
(2nd century) as Sambalaka on the river Manada (the Mahanadi River
). This gateway to the exotic charms of the western region of Odisha was the cradle of an ancient civilization and is an important landmark in India's cultural history.
Sambalpur was a former princely state
of British India
. When its ruler died without a direct male heir in 1849, the British seized the state under the doctrine of lapse
. It was attached to the British Bengal Presidency
, but... Read More