The Mother Goddess is an embodiment of ’Shakti’, the insignia of power, energy, growth,fertility, prosperity and the negative aspects such as death destruction and diseases. Mother Goddess or Maa is worshipped differently as, Durga, Kaali, Bhadrakaali, Chandi, Chamunda, Ambika, Bhavani, Mumbaevi or Maa Santoshi. In Cuttack, the oldest urban habitat of the state of Odisha, she is worshipped as Maa Chandi.
Maa Cuttack Chandi is a form of mother Durga who is the culmination of a number of divine prowesses. A great light issued from Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and other gods transformed into energies from which emerged a unique radiance, taking the form of a female. Her face was formed by the radiance of Shiva, her hair by color of Yama, her arms from the luster of Vishnu and her breast by the luminescence of Chandra. Her feet were formed from the glow of Brahma, her nose from Kubera and Agni’s blaze contributed to her three eyes.
Cuttack has decades of tradition for celebrating Durga Puja or Dusserah with much pomp and grandeur. Tourists from far and near throng this erstwhile capital of Odisha. Maa Durga is worshipped by making beautiful statues of Mahishasuramardini, in the posture of killing the buffalo-demon. She is powered by the trident of Shiva, discuss of Vishnu, conch of Vishnu, spear of Agni and thunderbolt of Indra. Surya bestowed her with his own rays on all the pores of her skin. She holds the sword and shield bestowed by Kaala or time.
Cuttack stands on the convergence of two rivers the Mahanadi and Kathajodi. The twin city of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar has become centre point of tourists’ attraction because of their historical, religious, cultural and political significance. This commercial capital of the state is also known as ‘Millennium City’. The silver filigree work of Cuttack has a global recognition.
Tourists pay visit to Cuttack for offering their tributes to the great freedom fighter, Subash Chandra Bose, whose birth place and ancestral home stands here as a sacred place.
Cuttack draws myriads of tourists both domestic and international during the week-long festive occasion of Baali Yatra. The fair is conducted, during December every year, on the sandy bed of the river Mahanadi to commemorate the ancient tradition of trade links of the city with Java, Baali and Sumatra. Kite festival during January is another attraction for tourists.
The Barabaati Fort, although at a wrecked state draws tourist attraction to witness the architectural and military strategy of the Ganga rulers. The carved gateway of the demolished nine-storied palace stands on the bank of the river Mahanadi. The Barabati Stadium, adjoining the Fort is the chief sport complex of the state.
Visitors to Cuttack can pay visit to the Bhitarakanika Wildlife Sanctuary for observing the hatching process of the rare species of Olive Ridley Sea Turtle and estuarine crocodiles.Other places of religious interests at Cuttack are Singanatha Temple, Dhabaleswar temple and Qadam-e-Rasool or feet of Prophet Mohammed which was built by a Hindu ruler.
Tourists prefer to visit Cuttack during the festive occasion of Durga Puja so as to get the holy bliss of Maa Chandi and witness the divine magnificence of Maa Durga or Maa Sherawaali.