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native_name = Karanjia | type = city | latd = 21.78 | longd = 85.97
locator_position = right | state_name = Orissa
district = Mayurbhanj
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altitude = 389
population_as_of = 2001
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Karanjia is a town and a notified area committee in Mayurbhanj district in the Indian state of Orissa.


Karanjia is located at coord|21.47|N|85.58|E| [ [http://www.fallingrain.com/world/IN/21/Karanjia.html Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Karanjia] ] . It has an average elevation of 389 metres (1276 feet). Karanjia is the sub-divisional headquarter of Panchpidh Subdivision of Mayurbhanj district of Orissa.


As of 2001 India census [GR|India] , Karanjia had a population of 21,420. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Karanjia has an average literacy rate of 67%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 75%, and female literacy is 59%. In Karanjia, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Places of worship

Maa Ambika, the presiding deity of the town and one of the most famous shrine in northern Orissa, is situated in the north of the town. The other major temples of the town are Jagannath temple, Shyamarai Temple, Purneshwar Shiva temple, Mangala temple, Rani Sati temple, Barkhanda temple of Gadsahi, Bamanashala & Sri Ganesh statue, Thakur Ankulchandra temple, Satyasai temple, etc.

The mosque of Karanjia is one of the oldest in Mayurbhanj district,is situated in the centre of the town.

The famous shrine of 8th century old Kichakeshwari temple,Khiching is situated 27k.m. away from Karanjia town.Karanjia is famous for its Dolo Yatra which celebrated in falgun month of Oriya Panjika (calendar). It is a century old festival of this locality.


Tourist Places

"Bhimakunda" water fall situated at 40 km away from Orissa is a famous tourist place of Orissa. Simlipal National Park, which is a Tiger reserve, is 40-50 km away from the town. The tourists can also enjoy "Ramtirtha" water fall which is situated 27 km away from the town. The Orissa famous "Maa Tarini Temple is situated 50 km away from the town. The tourists can also enjoy the "Rani Sati Mandir" located in the heart of the town. Tourists who come to Karanjia can also see "The Sanghaghra Waterfall" situated at 60 km away from town (near Keonjhar Town).


Current MLA from Karanjia (ST) Assembly Constituency is Ajit Hembram of BJD, who won the seat in State elections of 2004. Earlier MLAs from this seat were: independent candidate Padma Charan Haiburu in 2000, Raghunath Hembram who won as JD candidate in 1995 and 1990 and as JNP(SC) candidate in 1980 and as JNP candidate in 177, and Karunakar Naik of INC in 1985. [cite web
url = http://archive.eci.gov.in/March2004/pollupd/ac/states/s18/Partycomp01.htm
title = State Elections 2004 - Partywise Comparision for 1-Karanjia Constituency of ORISSA
publisher = Election Commission of India
accessdate = 2008-09-27


In the recent NAC election ("September 2008") 15 ward members have been elected (06 from Congress, 06 from BJP, 02 from BJD and 01 Independent. The chairman seat in this election was reserved for SC Women Category and Ms. Sukanti Das elected as Chairman of Karanjia, she is from BJP Party. This is the third time that BJP won the Chairman Position of Karanjia NAC. Ms. Sukanti Das is from Ward No.08. The notable point in this election is that the people have totally rejected the old counselors who have not done any work in their previous term. One of them was Mr. Jatin Das ("Laltu, the meat seller") who was contesting from 02 wards but very drastically defeated. It can also be noted that the anti social people who are contesting as independent candidates have not able to get the minimum votes.

Karanjia is part of Keonjhar (Lok Sabha constituency). [cite web
url = http://archive.eci.gov.in/se2000/background/S18/Orissa_AC_Dist_PC.pdf
title = Assembly Constituencies - Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies of Orissa
publisher = Election Commission of India
accessdate = 2008-09-27


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