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Barpali is located in Odisha
Location in Odisha, India
Barpali is located in India
Barpali (India)
Coordinates: 21°12′00″N 83°35′00″E / 21.2°N 83.5833°E / 21.2; 83.5833
Country India
182 m (597 ft)
 • OfficialOdia
 • LocalSambalpuri
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationOD-17

Barpali is a small town and a block (Tehsil) within the Bargarh district in the state of Odisha, India. Barpali is largely famous for renowned Odia Poet Swabhaba Kabi Gangadhar Meher who was born here. However, there are several other cultural notations which have made Barpali famous nationally and internationally, like: the indigenous sambalpuri saree weaving art (Ikat design) and the earthen pottery handicrafts (Terracotta) etc, creations from the native inhabitants of Barpali. Among others, the name Barpali also draws attention towards the past studies, wide usage and then outward expansion of preliminary versions of sanitary toilets started by foreigners here, known as 'Barpali Toilets' nearly 40 years ago.

Barpali comes under the Bijepur Vidhan Sabha (State Assembly Electoral Constituency) in Odisha state and is under the Bargarh Lok Sabha constituency (Parliamentary Electoral constituency) in India.


The geo-coordinates for Barpali is 21.1813° N, 83.5976° E, which is situated at a height of 182 m (597 ft) from sea level.

Barpali lies in a major routes between Bargarh to Borigumma (NH) & Raipur -Puri Road


As of 2001 India census,[1] Barpali had a population of 19,154.[1] Males constitute approximately 51% of the population and females 49%. Barpali has an average literacy rate of 68.5%, with 59% of the males and 41% of females literate. The majority of the population is depend on agriculture. Around 11% of the total population is under 6 years of age. The electoral jurisdiction of Barpali comes under the Bijepur constituency of Odisha state Assembly and the parliamentary (central) electoral jurisdiction is under the Bargarh lok sabha constituency. Notably, the Barpali Block consists of 23 Panchayats which has total 57 villages.[2]

Religious culture

Educational institutions

Apart from a number of primary schools in the town, some notable schools are listed below including a rare few, whose establishments date back to more than a century:[4][5]

Barpali town is also native to some of the renowned Government high schools as:

There are undergraduate and post-graduate institutions are also located in the town itself, e.g.

Barapali College, Barpali


  1. ^ a b "2011 Population Census data". Census Commission of India. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Odisha Data Diary". Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Yatra Sitalsasthi".
  4. ^ "All India Facts". Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Schools World". Retrieved 8 December 2016.