Rayagada is a small town and railway station in the Rayagada District in the southwest of the East Indian state of Odisha fka Orissa, a district of meadows, forests, waterfalls and terraced valleys, peopled by many interesting scheduled tribal groups (Adivasi). The district has a predominant tribal population of c. 60 % and is the homeland of various tribal communities with their sub-tribes.
The friendly and charming Adivasi women of the hill-dwelling Desia Kondh tribe (aka Kuvi Kondh) dominate the lively daily fresh-produce market along Rayagada’s mainstreet. The Kondhs are one of the largest tribal groups in Odisha. They are known for their cultural heritage and values which center on respecting nature.
Countless Desia Kondh (aka Kuvi Kondh) tribal market women (Adivasi) with their very distinctive, beautiful nose jewellery come every morning from remote villages to Rayagada and sell delicious fruits and interesting vegetable, e.g. mustard, turmeric, tamarind, banana, pineapple, orange, jackfruit, ginger, lemon and mahula, apart from various minor forest produce.
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