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Official Website : http://bhadrak.nic.in

Headquarters : Bhadrak
State : Odisha

Area in Sq Km (Census 2011)
Total : 2505
Rural : 2388.57
Urban : 116.43

Population (Census 2011)
Population : 1506337
Rural : 1320499
Urban : 185838
Male : 760260
Female : 746077
Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 males) : 981
Density (Total, Persons per sq km) : 601

Official language : Odia, English, other language Ho language

Helplines :
Police Station Help Line 100
Elder Person Help Line 1090
Women Help Line 1091
Children Help Line 1098
Fire Station Help Line 101
Ambulance Help Line 108
Janani Express Ambulance 102
National Highway Help Line 1033

Population (Census 2010) :
In 2011, Bhadrak had population of 1,506,337

Click on the following link to download district statistics as per NITI Ayog website
http://niti.gov.in/file/721/download?token=963QKp4t

Brief About Bhadrak District

Legends / History
There is no such conclusive history available either regarding Baba Akhandalamani or the temple of the lord siva. According to legends around 350 years ago during the rule of Raja Sri Niladri Samara Singha Mohapatra, once in an early morning the Raja sent a peasant to cultivate his Paddy field which was located on the bank of the river Baitarani. While cultivating, the blade of his plough was broken by hitting with some hard material. Then, the peasant was astonished and searched out and found a black glazed granite stone with full of blood which is flowing towards the river Baitarani. Afraid by this incident the peasant ran to call the King. Then the king Niladrisamar Singh hurriedly came to the spot, and found flood of milk in place of blood and a huge black cobra hooding the stone. On that night the king had a dream regarding the arrival of the God Akhandalamani on that place. This news spread like wild fire in the locality. The next day the king Niladri Samara Singha Mohapatra started worshiping the great god and immediately built a wooden temple on the spot. A large number of devotees from different villages and area started visiting and worshiping the great GOD. The king invited five Brahmins from a village named Naharagrama of Jajapur district to perform seva-puja ( Worshiping and taking care) of lord Akhandalamani

The Temple
The present main temple of Aradi was built by the King of Konika Shri Harihara Bhanja and his chief queen Satyabhama Patadei. The height of the temple is around 150 ft. All the stones used in this temple were brought from the historic hill of Lalitgiri near Chandikhol. The entrance main Hall was built by a sage named Shri Narasingha Pratap Kumar and the surrounding wall of the temple was built by a noted sage named Shri Darshan Sekhara Das.

Festivals
Their are many fairs and festivals observed at the temple of Baba Akhandalamani, but the principal among them is the Mahasivaratri. On this day pilgrims and devotees inside and outside the state are assembled and worship Akhandalamani at Aradi. BOOL-BOOM devotees come to Aradi in large number from different areas in the month of Sravana to worship the God and pour holy water over the LINGA. The BOOL-BOOM devotees carry holy water from different rivers of India like Ganges, Baitarani, Mahanadi, Salandi etc with a bamboo lever. Lord Akhandalamani is unique and omnipotent.

Daily Rituals
1. Between 6 am to 7 am- Mangala Aratee
2. Between 9 am to 10 am- Pahada
3. Between 12 noon to 1 pm - Bada Dhupa
4. Between 2.30 pm to 3 pm - Bada Bhoga
5. Between 6pm to 7 pm - Sandhya Aratee
6. Between 10 pm to 11 pm - Batula Dhupa and pahada

Baba Akhandalamani one of the most famous ancient Saivait place of Orissa
Location

This famous Akhandalamani temple, the abode of "Lord Siva" is nicely located in the bank of river Baitarani, at Aradi, 37km away from the district head quarter of Bhadrak towards east by road via Asurali, Kothara and Dhusuri.

This place is also linked with Chanbali by boat through the river Baitarani. From Chandbali ferry ghat to Aradi it will take hardly 2 hrs by boat.

Legends / History
There is no such conclusive history available either regarding Baba Akhandalamani or the temple of the lord siva. According to legends around 350 years ago during the rule of Raja Sri Niladri Samara Singha Mohapatra, once in an early morning the Raja sent a peasant to cultivate his Paddy field which was located on the bank of the river Baitarani. While cultivating, the blade of his plough was broken by hitting with some hard material. Then, the peasant was astonished and searched out and found a black glazed granite stone with full of blood which is flowing towards the river Baitarani. Afraid by this incident the peasant ran to call the King. Then the king Niladrisamar Singh hurriedly came to the spot, and found flood of milk in place of blood and a huge black cobra hooding the stone. On that night the king had a dream regarding the arrival of the God Akhandalamani on that place. This news spread like wild fire in the locality. The next day the king Niladri Samara Singha Mohapatra started worshiping the great god and immediately built a wooden temple on the spot. A large number of devotees from different villages and area started visiting and worshiping the great GOD. The king invited five Brahmins from a village named Naharagrama of Jajapur district to perform seva-puja.