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Sapta Sajya
Saptasajya Village (North view)
Saptasajya Village (North view)
Saptasajya is located in Odisha
Saptasajya is located in India
Coordinates: 20°34′29″N 85°32′52″E / 20.5746131°N 85.5478763°E / 20.5746131; 85.5478763Coordinates: 20°34′29″N 85°32′52″E / 20.5746131°N 85.5478763°E / 20.5746131; 85.5478763
Country India
State Odisha
District Dhenkanal
 • Body Gram panchayat
Elevation 77.2 m (253.3 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Village 1,091
 • Rural 1,091
Postal code 759013
Website Official Website

Saptasajya is a village in Dhenkanal district, Odisha, India. Important establishments include ICAR Saptasajya Mango germplasm bank,[2] High School,[3] Teakwood garden[4] and Bee Farm.[5]


This small village is situated at a distance of 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from Dhenkanal and is well connected by road transport. The government constructed the road in 1982. Nearby villages include Badrapalli, Kamning, Padmanavpur and Patrabhag.


According to the 2011 census, there are total 268 families residing in Saptasajya comprising 1091 persons. With 548 males and 543 females, the sex ratio of Saptasajya (991 women per 1000 men) which is higher than Odisha state average of 979. However, among children Saptasajya has 809 girls per 1000 boys, vastly lower than Odisha average of 941.

Saptasajya village has higher literacy rate compared to Odisha. In 2011, literacy rate of Saptasajya village was 85.81% compared to 72.87% of Odisha. Male literacy stands at 88.02% while female literacy rate was 83.65%.


Mythologically this place finds its mention in many legends. According to folklore, it derives the name from the surrounding seven hills.[6] There is a different folklore that the Saptarishi had their ashramas in this place thereby giving the place its name as the Seven Beds or Seven Homes. There is also a mythological story, that, Rama during his exile or vanvasa had spent seven days in this spot. Another folklore goes that the Pandavas during their 12 years of exile and one year of Agyata Vasa (incognito exile) had chosen these mountains for shelter[7]


Saptasajya is a popular tourist hub for offbeat genre crowd who want to relax and move away from busy life.[8][9] It is advised in most tourism sites that a daily excursion to the village from nearby tourism hub Dhenkanal is the best option. There are no hotels or suitable urban accommodation provision noted in the village.

The reserve forest boasts of rich flora and fauna and is a good retreat from busy urban life.[10] Nearest airport is Biju Patnaik Airport at Bhubaneswar. The nearest bus and railway station is at Dhenkanal.


Apart from the natural environment of the place, there are many old temples that attract visitor attention. There is one particular Raghunath temple complex with main deity being Rama that attracts tourists and locals alike.[citation needed] Inside the temple complex Annapurna temple was constructed in 1982, the 1st floor Kali temple in 1985 and the Surya Narayan temple in 1990. The temples of Rameswaram Shiva, Ganesha, Mahavir, and the Navagraha temple with one room for each graha are also present. Mahakali, Mata Saraswati, Sri Nrushingha temple are conceived to be built in the holy complex.[11]

Saptasajya Wildlife Sanctuary

The Saptasajya Wildlife Sanctuary (alternatively, Saptasajya Reserve Forest) is a relatively small protected forest reserve of 20 km2 (8 sq mi)[12] in the Chota Nagpur Plateau region.[13] It is a mixed deciduous forest dominated by the Sal tree.It got officially recognized as a sanctuary in 1970.[14] The fauna mainly consists of wild goats, buffaloes, cows, leopard and a variety of birds.[13][15]


See also


  1. ^ "Saptasajya Population - Dhenkanal, Orissa". Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Mango genes find a storage". ABP News. 23 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Saptasajya H S School". Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Teak Garden in Saptasajya going to be a Tourism Destination". Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  5. ^ "ESTABLISHMENT OF BEE NURESERIES AND TRAINING CENTRE" (PDF). Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Odisha. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Dhenkanal: Odisha's very own hill station". The Times of India. 13 Dec 2013.
  7. ^ "Orissa Tourism - Dhenkanal".
  8. ^ "A PLACE OF SCENIC BEAUTY SAPTASAJYA ସପ୍ତଶଯ୍ୟା ;A Picnic Spot in Dhenkanal, #Odisha". eOdisha. 10 Dec 2013.
  9. ^ "Saptasajya to become eco-tourism hotspot". The Telegraph (Calcutta). 28 Nov 2014.
  10. ^ "Odisha govt okays acquisition of 558 acres of private land for NTPC Gajamara project". 6 Jul 2014.
  11. ^ "Destinations :: Dhenkanal". Orissa Tourism. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  12. ^ Negi, S.S. (1993). Biodiversity and its conservation in India. New Delhi: Indus. p. 244. ISBN 8185182884.
  13. ^ a b Negi, S.S. (1991). Handbook of national parks, sanctuaries and biosphere reserves in India (1. publ. ed.). New Delhi: Indus Publ. Co. p. 145. ISBN 8185182590.
  14. ^ Mohapatra, P. M.; Mohapatro, Prafulla Ch. Forest Management in Tribal Areas. New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company. p. 52. ISBN 8170226716.
  15. ^ Nair, Anirudh (June 2014). "The Bhubaneswar Bird Walks". Sanctuary Asia. XXXV (3).

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