Bhadrak in Odisha is one of those cities that prove how intriguing India’s historical past is. Dating back centuries, some documented, some not, Bhadrak is almost a relic city that has held on to its culture and historic ethos while moving ahead with progress and time
Archaeological remains suggest that Bhadrak was an exceedingly prosperous region for the state, in terms of maritime efforts, trade and commerce, from the age of the Puranas. The 16th century was when the last indigenous king ruled this district, Mukunda Dev, after which the Muslim and Mughal rulers took over. Further, Bhadrak played an important role in India’s long-drawn freedom struggle, so much so that even Mahatma Gandhi visited it more than once in appreciation of the people’s patriotic fervor.Today, Bhadrak is dotted with remains of Hindu temples, dargahs and Buddhist shrines and caves, pointing to a cultural and religious milieu that isn’t seen too often in India. Ancient relics and a vibrant local culture, replete with fanfare and festivities, make this city one that many prefer to visit when heading to the East Coast.There are two temples that are historically and religiously significant in Bhadrak. The Bhadrakali Temple, dedicated to Ma Kali, is one that sees thousands of visitors all year round. The idol is made of black granite and is seen sitting on a lion. Some believe that the name of the district comes from this temple itself.The other notable temple here is the Akhandalamani Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated on the banks of the River Baitarani, it is believed that the then king of Bhadrak built this temple, approximately 350 years ago. Apart from its religious significance for Hindu pilgrims, the sheer age of the temple makes it an important tourist site. The inscriptions and carvings on the walls, and the distinct architecture of this temple continue to attract and inspire visitors over the years.There are also a number of other temples, dargahs, Buddhist caves and an ancient port that are worth visiting in Bhadrak.Local buses and auto-rickshaws are available fairly easily in Bhadrak, and will take you to most points of interest. You can hire a private taxi from a local rental and go sightseeing at your own pace as well.Dress appropriately when visiting the places of worship.Take care of your belongings at crowded tourist spots
Bhadrak is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Bhubaneswar at a distance of 115kms.
Airports: Biju Patnaik Airport
There is no regular trains to Bhadrak from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Cuttack which is located at a distance of 92kms.