Bhitarkanika National Park is a national park located in the Kendrapara District of Orissa in Eastern India. The park encompasses an area of 672 km² of the Bhitarkanika Mangroves, a mangrove swamp which lies in the river delta of the Brahmani, Baitarani, and Dhamra rivers. The national park is surrounded by the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary. Gahirmatha Beach lies to the east, and separates the mangroves from the Bay of Bengal.
The park is home to the endangered Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), White Crocodile, Indian Python, King Cobra, Black Ibis, Darters and many other species of flora and fuana.
The national park was created in September 1998 from the core area of the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, which was created in 1975.The sanctuary is the second largest mangrove ecosystem in India.
The first one in family to hold a child in his arms. The first one to celebrate the birth of a new member. The first one to talk to the child, holding it dearly in his arms. The first one to look into the baby’s face, and feel it bringing a smile into his own. The first one to promise his child that he would be there, no matter what. A father is the first one to look at a child and silently say, ‘No matter the odds, I will stick by your side and watch you reach your goal’.
Faces may fade, but the memories remain,
Paths may deviate, but the footprints remain.
Bidding adieu to the ones leaving,
To the people who make lives worth living…
~ As the sun lays down and closes it’s eyes on another days work,
The sky above is painted an array of peaceful hues…
Amazed by Your Glorious presence, I gaze towards the closing sun;
And stare onto the very heart of My God… ~