In Cuttack, people strongly believe Maa Katak Chandi as ‘The Living Goddess’. Maa Katak Chandi “the Living Goddess” is worshipped in various incarnations of Durga during the puja. 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 stating from dark fortnight of Ashwina Krishna Ashtami till Ashwina shukla navami andVijayadashami. 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(goad),gestures dispelling fear(Abhaya),and granting boon(Varada). She is worshiped as Bhuvaneshvari (the queen of universe) by Sevayatas belonging to Utkala Brahmins every day.