Dhenkanal District is situated on the Cuttack Sambalpur Road( NH 42) and the Cuttack Sambalpur S.E.Railway line. It is bounded by the Keonjhar District in north, Cuttack district in south, Jajpur in the east and Angul in the west.


The district has pre historic habitations. According to Nasik Rock inscription it was ruled by different empires at different times. It was ruled by Sattabahana Empire in the 2nd C.A.D and in the 3rd and 4th C.A.D it went on to become a part of the Gupta Empire. In the 6th and 7th C.A.D the region was ruled under Bhauma Karas whereas the region remained in the Sulki Dynasty’s rule in 8th & 9th C.A.D.

By 16th AD, a tribal chief namely ‘Dhenka’ was ruling over Ghumuranali, Dudianali & Kantanali. But he was defeated by Sridhar Bhanja of Besalia and killed in the battle. Sridhar Bhanja named the kingdom in the name of the shabara chief ‘Dhenka’. But again Sridhar Bhanja was defeated by Hari Singh Vidyadhar who was a commander of Gajapati Pratprudra Deva and occupied Dhenkanal. Subsequently, the capital was shifted from Karamul to Dhenkapidha and the kingdom was named Dhenkanal.


How to reach there?


Airways:The nearest airport for approaching the places of interest in the district of Dhenkanal is at Bhubaneswar (99 km.) which is connected with Bew Deklgum Culcutta, Chennai, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Nagpur by Boeing flights.

Railways:Dhenkanal Railway Station on S.E.Railway. This is an important railway line for travelers from Howrah to Chennai.

Roadways:99 km. From Bhubaneswar on N.H. No. 42 Regular bus services connect Dhenkanal with Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Raipur, etc.


Fairs and Festivals

Gajalaxmi Puja:GajaLaxmi Puja in Dhenkanal enjoys a special place in the cultural map of Orissa . Every year this festival begins from KUMAR PURNIMA and continues for eleven days. This is the longest Festival of the District. Kumar Purnima is the full-moon day in the month of September- October. This autumn festival is one of the most popular and important festival of Orissa. ‘Kumar’ or ‘Kartikeya’, the handsome Son of Shiva was born on this day. He also became the ‘God of war’. As young girls always wish for a handsome husband, they propitiate Kumar who was most handsome among the Gods. But, peculiarly enough there is no ritual for the God; instead the Sun and the Moon are worshipped.