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Population: 110058
Class: I
About City Baripada bāripadā) is a city and a municipality in Mayurbhanj district in the state of Odisha. Baripada is the district headquarters. It is a place to stay and tour the Mayurbhanj region. This region is home to Similipal, one of the most important wildlife parks of India. The national park comprises lush valleys, forest lands and scores of ancient temples. The town has all the necessary elements for a lovely holiday. Rathyatra (Chariot Festival) is one of the main attractions of Baripada. Baripada also hosts the second most popular Rath Yatra of Odisha after Puri. Baripada is also the home of the Mayurbhanj Chhau dance, an ancient martial dance form. The 5th Battalion of OSAP (Odisha State Armed Police) is situated at Rangamatia. Baripada was the capital of the Bhanj dynasty that ruled Mayurbhanj State.since the 15th century and the ruins of the temples and palaces built then can be found at Haripur about 16 km southeast of Baripada. Among the ruins, the Rasikaraya temple and the Durbar hall of the Bhanja kings are the most significant and visited by tourists. The Collectorate Building, Maharaja Krushnachandra High School and the Maharaja Purnachandra College in Baripada are also great examples of the Bhanja architecture. Baripada is popular for its art and culture. Many famous stars of Ollywood (Oriya Film Industry) are from Baripada. Baripada is famous for the Chhau dance form, famous all over the world. The Chaitra Parva celebrated in mid-April recognizes the local talents. Uttarsahi and Dakshinsahi are two main groups which perform in this festival along with many other participants. Jhumar Song is popular in Baripada. Baripada is the second place, after Puri, where the tradition of Ratha Yatra (Car festival of Lord Jagannath) began. Hence Baripada is called as Dwitiya Srikhetra (2nd Puri). Baripada's Ratha Yatra is popular for its unique culture. The unique tradition of only women pulling the Ratha of Maa Subhadra started in Baripada. Maa Ambika Temple is one of the chief temples and Maa Ambika is a highly revered deity in this region. It is located at Badabazar, just one k.m. away from Baripada Bus Stand. Jagadhatri Mela at Bhanjpur is the next biggest mela of Baripada. It is the festival of Maa Jagadhatri, Goddess of the whole world. There is a 10-15 days mela known as mini Bali Jatra (named after Cuttack's Bali Jatra) which takes place at Jagadhatri Mela grounds, Bhanjpur, near the Bhanjpur railway Station during the month of October–November. It is celebrated on Gosthastami.
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