Sonpur District is a recently formed district in Orissa
. Located in the western part of Orissa, Sonpur is bounded by Sambalpur District
in the north and east, Baragarh District
in the west, Balangir District
in the south-west and Boudh District
in the south and south-east. Sonpur District also touches Angul District
also. It is spread over an area of 2,284 sq km and supports a population of about 0.6 million. The district headquarters is at Sonpur
Archeological excavations unearthed many stone tools and coins that date back to the 1st century. The region had been under British rule from 1803. Sonpur is famous for its handloom and handicraft products. The important festivals of Sonpur are Bali Yatra, Hanuman Podi, Karma, Kalasi and Dhunkel Osha.