Cuttack Chandi Temple
Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary
Jobra (Mahanadi) Barrage
Durga Puja and Dussehra Festival
Kala Vikas Kendra
Welcome to Cuttack,
Cuttack is a district in the Indian state of Odisha. It is also considered as the judicial capital of Odisha as the Odisha High Court is located here. The name of the city is an anglicised form of Katak which literally means The Fort, a reference to the ancient Barabati Fort around which the city initially developed. Cuttack is also known as the Millennium City as well as the Silver City due to its history of 1000 years and famous silver filigree works. It is also the commercial capital of Odisha which hosts a large number of trading and business houses in and around the city. Cuttack and Bhubaneswar are often referred to as the Twin-Cities of Odisha.
The old and the most important part of the city is centred on a spit of land between the Kathajodi River and the Mahanadi River. Known for its Durga Puja and Dusshera celebrations, the city offers immense shopping facilities. Some of the famous places in the city are Cuttack Chandi Temple, Dhabaleswar Temple, Barabati Fort, Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, Netaji Birth Place Museum etc.
Anantashayana Vishnu means sleeping on the serpent Shesha, is a large open air rock relief of the Hindu god Vishnu, carved during the early 9th Century. It is the largest such exposed rock cut structure in the horizontal position measuring 15.4 metres (51 ft) in length, in the whole of India.
The 141-hectare Ansupa Lake is a horseshoe shaped fresh water lake on the left bank of the Mahanadi river, opposite Banki in Cuttack district, Odisha, India. Ansupa Lake in Banki is 40 km from the city of Cuttack, which also acts as a shelter for the migratory birds in the wintry weather season. It is a fresh water lake situated amidst the Saranda Hills and enclosed by bamboo tree greenery and mango trees. To visitor's delight, there is boating and fishing facilities in the Ansupa Lake.
The festival which Cuttackis look forward to most is the Bali Jatra. Bali Yatra is supposedly the second largest trade festival in Asia and the largest in India. The name Bali Jatra literally means A Voyage to Bali. In olden times, merchants used to trade with South-East Asian Island Countries of Bali, Java, sumatra, Borneo. Whatever items they brought from those places after trading Oriya goods used to be put up for sale in the capital (which was then Cuttack). People from all over the state and beyond used to come to Cuttack to buy these items. Bali Jatra is the festival of continuing this ancient tradition. It is held every year in November on the banks of the Mahanadi.
Barabati Fort is a 14th-century fort built by the Ganga dynasty near Cuttack, Odisha. The ruins of the fort remain with its moat, gate, and the earthen mound of the nine-storied palace, which evokes the memories of past days. Today it sits next to the modern Barabati Stadium, the venue of various sport events and cultural programs. There is also a temple dedicated to Katak Chandi, the presiding deity of the city, not far away from the fort. Today the fort lies in ruins but is a great place to visit during the winters.
The Barabati Stadium is a cricket and association football venue in the east Indian city of Cuttack, Odisha. It is the home ground of Odisha cricket team and is operated by Odisha Cricket Association. Odisha First Division League football matches are also held at the stadium. It is equipped with floodlights for day-and-night games and is a regular venue for One Day Internationals matches. Some top level Football matches are also played here.
The Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the estuarine region of Brahmani-Baitarani, is one of the most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries in the continent of Asia. The Mangroves, salt-tolerant tree species, are a wonder of the place, sprawling an area of nearly 672 square kilometre. Criss-crossed by numerous water-sketches, the sanctuary is a proud refuge to a plethora of birds, animals and amphibians. The region has been established as a 'Salt-water Crocodile Breeding Centre' for housing the largest population of giant, salt-water crocodiles in the country.
To the east of the Sanctuary lies the Gahirmatha Beach which is the nesting ground for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. The sanctuary is visited for its rich and varied assortment of biodiversity like Kingfisher, Heron, King Cobras, Storks, Spotted Deer, Chital, Seagulls, Fishing Cat, Wild Pigs and Jungle Cat along with numerous resident and migratory species. To explore the unknown and admire nature at its wildest best, one should definitely take a trip to the Bhitarnika Wildlife Sanctuary to experience a thrilling and adrenaline-rush soaked adventurous vacation.
This festival is celebrated on the last day of the holy Hindu month of Kartik. On this auspicious day people flow miniature boitas or model boats in the Mahanadi and Kathajodi rivers to pay homage to the ancient merchants of Kalinga Kingdom. This day also marks the beginning of Bali Jatra. This festival is similar to the 'Masakapan Ke Tukad' festival of Bali, and to the 'Loi Krathong' festival of Thailand, both of which involve ritualistic floating of model boats around the same time of year.
Charchika Temple is one of the oldest Shakta places in Odisha. It is located in a small town of Banki of Cuttack district in Odisha. The presiding deity is an eight-armed goddess Chamunda, locally known as Maa Charchika Devi. She is seated on a prostrate human body and wearing a garland of human skulls. This temple is situated on the top a small hillock Ruchika Parvata on the bed of the Renuka river.
Choudwar is a place of historical importance, which has now become one of the industrial centres of Odisha Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Programme. It was once the capital of Somakali Keshari Kings of Odisha Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Programme. Eight prominent Siva Pithas were established here by the Keshari Dynasty.
Cuttack or Kataka Chandi Temple is also known as the Cuttack Temple and is dedicated to the Hindu Deity Chandika. The temple is a marvelous example of the Gajpati dynasty architecture and is located at the banks of the Mahanadi River. The best time to visit the temple is during the festivals of Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Dussehra. The temple is managed by the priests of the Utkala Brahmins and contains the idol of the goddess with was dug up by the Priest of the Gajpati Kingdom.
A holy historical Sikh shrine, the Daatan Sahib Gurdwara is where the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak, halted on his way to Puri. It is believed that a tree branch planted by him after using it as a tooth cleaner still flourishes here, hence the name Daatan Sahib.
Deer Park is situated in Madhusudhan Nagar. It is a place for nature lovers. A lot of beautiful deers running here stops the breath of its visitors. It is all about excitement, entertainment, and experience of beauty around the woods.
Dhabaleswar Temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. It is situated at a distance of 37 kilometers from the city of Cuttack, in the exotic island of Dhabaleshwar. It is one of the famous weekend tours from Cuttack. The temple, located in an island on River Mahanadi, is embellished with stone carvings that date back to the early 10th and 11th century. The serene ambiance, in which the temple is situated, inspires spiritual feeling among one and all.
Dhavaleswar is a picturesque island in the Mahanadi River which has a famous Shiva Temple as well. The temple is one of the most well known in Odisha and Hindu devotees visit this shine in large numbers to offer their prayers. The temple is on top of a hillock and one has to climb up the stairs to reach the shrine. The temple has sculptures from 10th and 11th centuries. The white colour temple owns visitors not only because of its religious importance buy also its scenic location.
Cuttack is famous throughout the nation for its Durga puja celebrations. Nearly 200 earthen idols of Goddess Durga are prepared by the different Puja Committees of the city to worship Goddess Durga The speciality Cuttack Durga Puja are its Chandi o Suna Medhas, in which the idols are adorned with huge amounts of gold and silver, with localities trying to outsmart each other by constructing more attractive idols. Cuttack celebrates Durga Puja with full energy on Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and on Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra by burning an effigy of the demon Ravana. People from all of Odisha and nearby states visit Cuttack during this period observe the famous festival.
Freedom Fighter's Memorial was inaugurated by the chief minister of Odisha on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the great freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The memorial is located at the Old Jail complex near Dargha Bazar of Cuttack. The memorial has been established in order to pay respect to the brave freedom fighters of our country who laid down their lives for our independence. One is overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude and patriotism while visiting this place. The place has well maintained gardens. The abandoned old jail complex has been renovated to convert the jail into a place of tourist attraction. Photographs and memorabilia of the freedom fighters are on display at the museum.
Situated in the historic Barbati Fort, which is well known for its role in Odisha's history. Gada Chandi temple is one of the oldest temples in Cuttack and is believed to be the older temple of Cuttack Chandi before her shift to the present Cuttack Chandi Temple.
The Jobra Barrage, also known as Mahanadi Barrage, is probably the most popular hangout for Cuttackians. Build over the majestic river Mahanadi, the Jobra Barrage carries a 2 km long road bridge connecting Cuttack and Jagatpur. The barrage is situated near to the longest river bridge of Odisha and one of the longest in India, the Mahanadi road bridge. Along the road bridge, there is a Jobra Park, a Deer Park and a sunset point.
As the name suggests Juma, means Big, this masjid is the oldest, biggest, and the most beautiful masjid of Cuttack. It was built during the period of Mughals. It possesses several rooms for visitors and students. Earlier there used to be a Madrasa in this mosque. However, since last 10 years, the Madrasa is shifted out of the mosque. The neighbourhoods surrounding the Juma Masjid are inhabited both by Hindus and Muslims, who live peacefully with perfect communal harmony.
Founded in the 18th century, the Kadam Rasool mosque contains the foot print of the Prophet Mohammed and is spread across an area of 57 acres. The mosque is an immensely sacred place for the Muslims across the country and is visited by several tourists each year. The mosque is a marvelous example of the Indo-Persian architectural style and is said to have been built by a Hindu King.
It runs a college of Indian Dance and Music having classes in vocal, Odissi vocal, tabla and Odissi dance. It has eight big halls amd two small rooms and auditorium. It also houses museum, research wing and conference hall.
The puja in Cuttack is organised by the puja committees of Cuttack. This festival is observed to worship Kartikeya, the eldest son of Lord Shiva. Nowhere else except Sabarimala is the Kartikeswar puja carried out with so much elan.
Kite flying is also celebrated with much enthusiasm and energy in the city. Kite-flying culminates with the Makar Sankranti, with kite-flying competitions being held all over. Cuttack is the first city in the Eastern India to introduce kite-flying.
One of the earliest Buddhist site, Lalitgiri was visited by the Chinese traveler Huien T Sang in the seventh century A.D. The large numbers of antiquities excavated here testify this place to be a part of the Puspagiri Buddha Vihar.
The double-decker vessel for cruise across river Mahanadi is the first of its kind river cruise service in the State. This enables people to experience the ethereal beauty of Mahanadi and its surroundings through the trip on the water. The service involves cruise trips on a double-decker vessel replete with modern amenities including food. There are also individual boating facilities through small paddle boats. The vessel for the cruise has a capacity of between 50 and 60 and takes tourists around on a daily basis.
Naraj is situated at the origin of river Kathajodi from Mahanadi. The place presents a panoramic view of nature and is also frequented by pilgrims for the sacred shrine of Lord Sidheswar. There are many Buddhist images found at the site. It is also a picnic spot.
The erstwhile ancestral home of the great freedom fighter, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, is now a museum after its completed renovation in 2007. The galleries which were once the living quarters of the Bose family now contain several photographs, antiquities and furniture used by the Bose Family and Netaji.
The Odisha State Maritime Museum, which has been set up at this Jobra Workshop, has 10 nos of galleries along with its ancillary components, as required in a modern museum. This workshop was mainly catering to the need of anicuts, dams, canals and most important inland water transport system. This location, which has a beginning around 1869 has the unique distinction of being the only workshop, which catered to the requirement of three provinces of Bihar, Bengal and Odisha under the Bengal Presidency of British India.
On the confluence of the river Mahanadi and the Bay of Bengal, Paradeep is a beautiful beach. The beach is famous for its clear blue water, green forest, stones along side the beach, a good marine drive and the biggest port. Visitor can spend some hours by frolicking in the lovely indigo water. The scenic location of the beach gives an ideal destination for tour.
This temple on the outskirts of Cuttack is another tourist attraction. The diety worshipped here is Lord Shiva. This temple is known for the large water hole which is let out on holy days into the Sanctum Sanctorum.
The Shahi mosque is situated inside the Barabati fort. It is structurally similar to the Ujale Khan mosque at Mohammadia Bazaar. All these mosques are adorned with beautiful domes on hexagonal base. Stones and tiles are used in construction of the mosque. It seems that during the British rule of Odisha, it was used as a Magazine as it is apparent from the two Mehrabs on the flanks which are closed with bricks.
Simhanath Temple is dedicated to Shiva who is worshipped by Nrisimha, an avatar of Vishnu. The temple has a rekha deula and terraced roof jagamohana of traditional phase of temple style of Kalingan order. The temple is unique for its sculptural embellishment of both the Saivaite and Vaishnava sects. It is located in the Gopinathpur village, Baramba tehsil of Cuttack district. It can be easily approached by road from Cuttack.
Stone Revetment is architectural and technical marvel built by Keshari kings in the 11 century. The Revetment was built to salvage the city from the devastation of the floods caused by the river Mahanadhi. The place is an excellent example of ancient engineering skill, the stone Revetment has been on the banks of Kathjuri River, charms the onlookers with its perfection. The place shouldn't be missed by both architecture and nature lovers.
- Religious Places : Gudas Temple, Hanuman Mandir, Gundicha Mandir, Swarna Devi Mandir, Sri Sri Hatakeswara Mandir, Shiv Mandir, Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir, Shani Mandir, Santoshi Temple, Ram Mandir, Raghunath Ji Mandir, Radha Krishna Bhakti Mandir, Jhanjimangla Temple, Rameswar Temple, Jain Swetambar Mandir, Akhandalamani Temple, Bastari Matha Mandir, Chahateswar Mandir, Church Of Epiphany, Gadgadia Ghat Mandir, Gayatree Pitha Temple, Jagannath Mandir, Dagarpada Hanuman Mandir, Tarini Mandir, Omp Church, Mihir Mandir, Mangala Temple Diha Sahi etc.