In Cuttack, people strongly believe Maa Katak Chandi as ‘The Living Goddess’. Maa Katak Chandi “the Living Goddess” is worshipped in various incarnations of Goddess Durga during the Durga puja festival.Maa Katak Chandi Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to the Goddess Chandi, the presiding deity of Cuttack, Odisha/Orissa. The temple is located near to Barabati Stadium & to the banks of the river Mahanadi.
It is famous for the annual Durga Puja and Kali Puja festivals. The Durga Puja festivities are prominent in Maa Katak Chandi temple which takes place for 16 days starting from the dark fortnight of Ashwina Krishna Ashtami till Ashwina Shukla Navami and Vijayadashami. The goddess popularly called as Maa Katak Chandi sits and rules on the heart of the ancient city.She has four hands holding Paasha(noose),ankusha, gestures dispelling fear(Abhaya), and granting boon(Varada). She is worshiped as Bhuvaneshvari (the queen of the universe) by Sevayatas belonging to Utkala Brahmins every day.
If you are in Cuttack During Durga Puja then you must visit Maa Katak Chandi Temple & also visit Maa Gadachandi Temple.The nearby Chandi Medha are Seikh Bazaar , Chandini Chowk , Kafla Bazaar and Alisha Bazaar .