HISTORY OF BHADRAK DISTRICT COURT
The Judgeship has its Headquarters in the city of Bhadrak, which is known for its own history. During 2nd and 4th century A.D., one king namely ‘Dharmadhar’ was reigning at Bhubaneswar under whom Samanta king named ‘Sragana’ was reigning at Bhadrak. From 1211 AD to 1436 AD and from 1436 AD to 1568 AD, Bhadrak was under Ganga and Surya Bansi Dynasty respectively. During 1568 AD to 1578 AD Suleman Karani and his son Daud were Administrator of Bhadrak. During this period Odisha was divided into 3 Sarkar namely Cuttack, Bhadrak & Jaleswar. During the Mughal period Bhadrak was divided into 7 Mahalas, thereafter Aurangzeb divided into 29 Mahalas but subsequently 14 Mahalas are existed in Bhadrak. Later Marathas took over Bhadrak since 1752 AD to 1803 AD and thereafter British took over Odisha in 1803. For better administration, British Govt. divided the coastal Mughal Bandi area into 2 divisions namely Cuttack and Balasore. At that time Bhadrak was under administrative control of Balasore. Mr. Raber… was Administrative Officer of Bhadrak.
The territorial jurisdiction of Bhadrak is 2788 sq.km which consist of 7 blocks, 7 tahashils, 1 Municipality, 1 NAC, 191 panchayats, 5 M.L.A constituencies and 1 M.P. constituency.
The court of munsif at Bhadrak established in the year 1901. Till 1900, the litigant, public of Bhadrak had to go to Jajpur for trial of Civil Cases. The court of C.J. (S.D), Bhadrak and ADJ, Bhadrak were established in the year 1966 and 1987 respectively.
After reconstitution of districts in the state, a new revenue district i.e. Bhadrak was constituted in the year 1993. Subsequently the court of District and Sessions Judge, Bhadrak was established on 21.05.2011 being separated from the Judgeship of Balasore after a period of 18 years.
Apart from this, the city of Bhadrak is well known for its rich heritage and culture. It is best applauded for the brotherhood, peace and tranquility amongst it s inhabitants. The sacred land of Bhadrak have given birth eminent sons and daughters who had played their noble role in freedom struggle. They build up cultural heritage, bring social reformation and tried to eradicate illiteracy and untouchability amongst the people of Bhadrak. Some of these eminent persons are Dr. H.K. Mahatab (Ex. Chief Minister), Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra, Gokulananda Mohanty (scientist), Banchhanidhi Mohanty (Poet) , Md. Hanif (Freedom Fighter).
Placed in the regions of rivers, the Baitarani and the Salandi, the city of Bhadrak is known for its holiest temple like Akhandalamani, Birachinarayan Mandir, Bhadrakali and Pirastan like Hazrat Mujahid Milan. In the festival Kalipuja, thousands of pilgrims across the country visiting Bhadrak. It is also renowned for Dhamra Port which is the deepest port in the east coast belt.