Rajgangpur is an industrial town situated in the Sundargarh District of Odisha. It is located 400 km to the north-west of the capital city, Bhubaneswar. Places of tourist interest in the vicinity include Mandira Dam, Chhatri Hill, Darjeeng, Vedvyas and Khandahar. Rourkela is 40 km east of Rajgangpur. Nearest airport is at Ranchi. Rajgangpur Railway Station is on Raigarh-Rourkela line. Regular buses are available to Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela and Angul.
Rajgangpur derived its name from the erstwhile princely state of Gangpore Estate. This Hindi speaking town was transferred from Commissioner of Chhotanagpur to Orissa Division in the year 1905.
As of the 2001 India census, Rajgangpur had a population of 43,912. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Rajgangpur has an average literacy rate of 68%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 74%, and female literacy is 62%. In Rajgangpur, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Rajgangpur is has a large tribal population, dominated by Kisan, Gond, Oraons, Munda, Kharias and other tribals. Their main occupation is farming. The tribals also work in nearby factories and also hold a lot of government jobs. The tribal men and women are hardworking and they enjoy singing and dancing using Mandar, Dholki, Nagra and Muhuri. Education, medical facilities, clean drinking water and social justice are of major concern to the tribals, as they have scant access to these resources.
People from many religion stay in RGP(Rajgangpur) like Hindu, Christian,Muslim, Sikh HINDU FESTIVALS Hindus celebrate all their festival grandly like cart festival, Ganesh puja, Ramnavami, Durga puja, Janmastami,Shivaratri, etc. Christian celebrates their X-mas for 7 days long by singing, dancing for all night. At the day time they do their respective job. Muslims celebrates all their festivals and most grandly the urus one in the Gopabandhu High School Ground
Rajgangpur has a good market place. Nearby villages rely on Rajgangpur Town for their trading activities and regular needs as well.
Rajgangpur is home to OCL Konark brand of cement from Orissa Cement (India) Ltd. and other industries. Hari Machines Ltd. have their heavy engineering unit at Ranibandh, which is popular for manufacturing heavy machinery products. With the rapid industrialisation of Sundargarh District, other industries – such as TR Chemicals, Scan Steels, Sushila Industries Pvt Ltd, Sushila Cement Pvt Ltd, Techno Steels Ltd, Jay Jagannath Steels, Sradha Saburi Steel (P) Ltd and other small cement factories with other sponge-iron manufacturing – have successfully sprung up.
Rajgangpur is well connected with Sundargarh and Rourkela through the State Highway No. 10 and is also well connected with the Orissa State Capital Bhubaneswar. Rajgangpur is well connected with the rest of the country by Railways coming under the Mumbai – Howrah Section of the
Nirmala English School (ICSE)
Dalmia Vidya Mandir (CBSE) -
Sri Aurobindo Integral Education & Research Centre (CBSE)
Rashtriya Vidyalaya (BSE)
St. Mary’s Girls High School(ORSE)
G.E.L. Church High School
Municipal Gandhi Girls High School
Sarffuddin Ahmad Memorial Urdu High School
Gopabandhu High School
Ranibandh High School
Saraswati Vidya Mandir (CBSE),
And more than 15 M.E. schools
Dalmiya Vidya Mandir(CBSE)
Sarbatidevi Women’s College(CHSE)
Currently there are two radio channels operating in Rajgangpur which has its radio stations in Rourkela. There are two Cinema Halls namely Triveni Talkies & Milan Talkies, out of which the Triveni Talkies has gone under major renovation making it the only cinema hall in the town to show newly released movies. And Now Triveni Talkies is coming up with all new second cinema hall with all the latest facility and technology. Other than that Triveni Talkies is also developing new fast food centre, restaurant, Cafeteria, Game Zone, Gym, and pool parlour. Now Milan talkies is equipped with Dolby Digital Sound System while Air-condition is being Installed within this summer.all other major facility is already in the house. milan talkies is owned by Shoaib alam, hailing from a respected family of Rajgangpur. CableTv network under satellite club is also a major sources of entertainment for the people of Rajgangpur. The people of Rajgangpur are very much addicted to TV.
Ghoghar Dham is a unique sacred place located 8 km towards north from Rajgangpur. Famous for its Lord Shiv Temple & silent Hilltop. In the month of Shravan a lot of piligrims & Kawadias visit the temple for devotion. Also the Temple Authority give permission for vegetarian marriags, bratas (theard ceremony), other parties, etc. Now the newly renovated Durga mandir is one of the best temple with its finest work of Glass Art. It will be only one of kind in Orissa. Dalmia Mandir located at the center of the town & managed by OCL India Ltd. A beautiful furnished temple of Lord Siv, Lord Ram, Laxman, Goddess Sita & Lord Radha Krishna. With a beautiful greenery & diff. variety flower park. Beside this there are two Churches, four Muszids & many other temples are beautify & strengthen its uniqueness. A famous Urs festival also celebreted at Lal Baba’s Dargah. Muslims of Rajgangpur are India’s most optimistic T T S (Tana tan Sunni), they all have strong faith on Baraillvye aka Ala Hazrat Ahmed Raza Rahmatul a laaleh.
Kamlesh Dahima is one among the leading media person of the town.He is currently associated with Hindi national newspaper Dainik jagran. Other media persons are Ashish Sathpathy,Buna Das and many more.
Current MLA from Rajgangpur (ST) Assembly Constituency is Gregory Minz of INC, who won the seat in State elections in 2004. Previous MLAs from this seat were Mangala Kisan who won this seat representing BJD in 2000, representing JD in 1995 and in 1990, representing JNP in 1985, Mukharam Naik of INC(I) in 1980 and Brajamohan Kishan of JNP in 1977.
Rajgangpur is part of Sundargarh