39th Shodh Yatra in Odisha from 11th to 18th May, 2017, Barpali to Nrusinghnath, Bargarh district, Odisha

Those who wish to participate in the Shodhyatra, are requested to register with SRISTI (email shodhyatra@sristi.org) as soon as possible, Registration is open till 10th May, 2017. Participants should reach Barpali on 11th May at before 04:00 PM.

For reaching to Barpali

Nearest Railway stations: Bargarh Road , 20 km from Barpali; Sambalpur ( 40km); Barpali has also railway station but has stoppage of few trains

Nearest airports : Raipur (220 Km from barpali) and Bhubaneswar (330Km)

By road: From Bargarh (20 Km. ); from Sambalpur ( 70km ) ; frequent buses are available to reach to Barpali

The Shodhyatra will be end on May 18, 2017 afternoon at Nrusinghnath, foothills of Gandhmardan Hiils. For going back Shodhyatris can plan their journey from Nrusinghnath to Padampur by raod (30km) and can catch bus to Raipur, Chhatisharh (175Km) or Bargarh (110 Km) / Sambalpur (180km), Odisha by road.

As several arrangements will be made for this ShodhYatra during this month, it is very important that you keep yourself updated by regularly monitoring our website: www.sristi.org

Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), a developmental voluntary organization located in Ahmedabad, India, organises ShodhYatra, a journey for the search of knowledge, creativity and innovations at the grassroots.

It is an attempt to reach out to the remotest part of the country with a firm belief that hardship and the challenges of natural surroundings are the prime motivators of creativity and innovation. ShodhYatra aims at unearthing such traditional knowledge and grassroots innovations that have not only simplified the lives of men, women and farm labourers but have also significantly contributed towards the conservation of bio‐diversity.

ShodhYatras are held in rural areas of different geographical locations in India twice a year, with support from the Honey Bee Network. The aim of this ShodhYatra is to felicitate local grassroots innovators, traditional knowledge-holders, students with innovative ideas and people who have made a significant contribution to society in conserving bio‐diversity, etc. at their door steps and in front of their community. The marching group of shodhyatris consists of scientists, innovators, villagers, students and professors who walk over a period of six to eight days, to convey the message of the Honey Bee Network. Biodiversity and idea competitions are organised among children, while Food Formulation contests are organised among women in some of the villages (particularly with a focus on food formulations in which at least one less known or forgotten plant produce has been used). It is a journey of mutual exchange and sharing of knowledge.

The following activities are undertaken during the ShodhYatra:

  • Felicitation of local innovators and traditional knowledge holders
  • Organising traditional food formulation competitions, biodiversity competitions to promote local biodiversity conservation and generating awareness about the same
  • Knowing and understanding local issues and problems of villagers by conducting village meetings
  • Sharing open source information available with SRISTI which may be of use to the local people
  • Identification of centenarians, enterprising women and children, artisans, rural researchers and people contributing to the preservation of natural resources
  • Preparing of a register of local knowledge and local plant diversities
  • Generating awareness about preservation of local species and local biodiversity
  • Promoting low cost and sustainable agricultural technologies


AES Boy's Hostel Campus,

Nr. Gujarat University Library and SBI Bank,


Ahmedabad-380 009


Tel: 079-27912792, 27913293, 7043461139

Email : shodhyatra@sristi.org

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