INTRODUCTION : Cuttack situated in the state of Odisha is one of the oldest cities of this place and also its commercial capital. The city is reputed all over the country for its exquisite and delicate filigree works, its artistic horn works and the fine and colourful textiles manufactured here. This is situated at about 30 Km from Bhubanewar.Cuttack was founded in 10th century by Nripati Keshari and it was the capital of Odisha under the British rule. It is also known for its Odishan handicraft items.
ORIENTATION : Cuttack is flanked by Mahanadi in the North and Kathajodi in the South.
The temple has sculptures of exceptional quality like the dancing Ganesa, Ardhanari, Dakshinamurthi, Harihara, Adavallan (Nataraja) (on south wall niches), Gangadhara, Lingodhbhava, Vishnu, Subrahmanya, Vishnu-anugrahmurthi (west wall), Kalanthakamurthi, Durga, Brahma, Bairava, Kamantaka (north wall). But the most outstanding sculptures are found in the niches by the side of the northern entrance steps to the sanctum. They are the Chandesanugrahamurti and Sarasvati. The bronzes of Bhogasakti and Subrahmanya are masterpieces of Chola metal icons. The Saurapitha (Solar altar), the lotus altar with eight deities is considered auspicious.
HISTORY : This ancient city of Odisha was built in 989 AD as a military cantonment by king Nrupa.It became very popular in 12th century during the socio-political scenario of India.During this period it was under the reign of Ganga Dynasty. The city is said to have been prosperous till it was captured by Firoz Shah Tughluq after which the city witnessed a brief period of vandalism, destruction and looting. The last Hindu king to rule Cuttack was Mukunda Deva and after his demise came an end to the Hindu kingdom in this place. After this history says that Cuttack went under the Muslims and then the Mughals.