Angul is a beautiful district situated in the eastern part of the Indian state of Odisha. It is one of the most significant districts of the state and is known for its rich cultural heritage, beautiful landscapes, and natural resources.
The history of Angul dates back to the ancient period when it was a part of the Kalinga empire. The region was ruled by several dynasties, including the Mauryas, the Satavahanas, and the Guptas. During the medieval period, the region came under the control of the Bhauma-Karas, who were followed by the Eastern Gangas. Later on, the region was ruled by the Suryavanshi kings of the Bhoi dynasty. During the British rule, the region was a part of the Bengal Presidency and was later merged with the state of Odisha after India gained independence.
Angul is situated in the eastern part of Odisha and covers an area of around 6,070 square kilometers. The district is bounded by the Mahanadi river to the north and the Tel river to the south. The district is surrounded by several other districts of Odisha, including Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, and Deogarh. The district is characterized by its hilly terrain and forests, which are rich in flora and fauna.
As per the 2011 census, the population of Angul district was around 1.2 million. The district has a diverse population, with people from different communities and religions living here. The major communities living in Angul include the Odiya, the Kondh, and the Santal. The literacy rate of the district is around 76%, which is higher than the national average.
The culture of Angul is a mix of various traditions and practices of the different communities living here. The district is known for its rich cultural heritage, which is reflected in its folk songs, dances, and festivals. Some of the major festivals celebrated in Angul include Durga Puja, Diwali, Holi, and Rath Yatra. The district is also known for its traditional handicrafts, such as stone carving, woodwork, and terracotta.
The economy of Angul is largely dependent on agriculture, mining, and industries. The district is known for its rich mineral resources, including coal, iron ore, and bauxite. The Talcher coalfields in Angul are one of the largest coal reserves in the country. The district is also home to several industries, including steel, cement, aluminum, and power generation. The Angul Thermal Power Station is one of the major power generation units in the state.
Angul is a popular tourist destination in Odisha, with several attractions that draw visitors from all over the world. Some of the major tourist attractions in Angul include:
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