Cuttack,the silver city of India is one of the best city of Odisha to live in.The old capital of the state has a lot for exploring.You will get a town-like feeling once stepped in this place because of its utter relaxed pace of life and a little chaotic atmosphere.Here we uncover some fascinating charms of this thousand years old city which sets it apart from every other place !
The City of Festivals : Be it Durga Puja , Christmas or Eid , the city celebrates all the festivals with great pump and show.During major festivals, people happily throng the lanes in such a way that Cuttack almost turns into an authentic street carnival. Especially during Durga Puja , Eid & Ganesh Puja revelries of Cuttack are some sights to behold!
The Silver Filigree works of the Silver City : Silver filigree is locally called ‘tarakasi’. It is a silver craft, which has captured the imagination of the people world over. It is one of the exquisite traditions of silver craft.
Silver filigree is mainly a decorative item that adorns the women folk. This art form is in vogue because of its unique craftsmen to produce exquisite, decorated, classical oriental and modern types of items. The silver filigree work of Cuttack is locally known as ‘tarakasi’ and has a Mughal/Persian artistic influence. The Mughal designs have been incorporated in this pristine art. There are of course same sort of identical art forms found in Indonesia, which shows that the trade relations with these countries in the 12th centuries and 15th centuries had an immense influence on this silver filigree work of Cuttack.
Barabati Stadium : The Barabati Stadium of Cuttack is a cricket venue in the east Indian city .The ground is establishment 1958 and has the capacity of 45,000.It is operated by Odisha Cricket Association and is the home ground of world renowned cricketers like Biplab Samantray,Debasis Mohanty , Shiva Shundar Das .The ground is equipped with floodlights for day-and-night games and is a regular venue for One Day Internationals (ODI) matches. Some top level Football matches are also played here.
The Street Food Capital of Odisha : For the Katkis,a day is incomplete without Dahibara,Gupchup & Chat & it is impossible to avoid street food in Cuttack.The list of street foods is not restricted with only the revered Dahibara Aludum , Chat or Gupchup.In fact, the city is known for the satisfying delights on its street corners.Be it the famous Pav Bhaji or Mutton chop,Cuttack has more relishing foods to offer than one can ever expect.
Temples : Though the capital city of Odisha ‘Bhubaneswar’ is known for temples , there are some famous temples across the city which are famous for their unqiue historic backdrop.Some of the famous temples are Katak Chandi Temple , Gada Chandi Temple , Panchamukhi Hanuman temple , Gadagadia Temple .
The native place of esteemed personalities : The Silvercity is the home of legendary freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose.The birth place has now been converted into a museum.Madhusudan Das, the legendary maker of modern Odisha & Biju Patnaik, the influential politician were also born in Cuttack.These and many other people played a revolutionary role in building up Cuttack, the way it is today.
The Maritime History : The city is known known for its maritime history with the islands of Java, Sumatra, Bali & other countries.The millennium city has preserved its glorious past in interesting ways. While the Odisha State Maritime Museum in Cuttack bears testimony to the maritime relations, the annual Baliyatra trade fair is primarily observed to reminisce & rejoice in these alliances!