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Priding on its illustrious history of over one thousand years, Cuttack; the ‘Millennium City’ of Odisha is one of the oldest existing civics of the state that served as the erstwhile capital of the province until after the Independence when in 1948 the center of operations was shifted to Bhubaneshwar. This historical conurbation positioned at the mere distance of 26 kilometers to the north east of its twin city Bhubaneshwar is the second largest metropolis of the state that presently functions as the headquarters of the Cuttack District & Division. Also referred to as the ‘commercial capital’ of Odisha, Cuttack the ‘Silver City’ of India has earned international repute for its world famous silver filigree work and its cotton & silk textile. Established in the year 989 AD under the patronage of a Keshari King; Nrupa Keshari and formerly reckoned as the ‘Bidanasi Katak’, the Cuttack City derives its epithet from a Sanskrit word ‘Kataka’ meaning a fort or a military base camp. Burgeoned around the ancient Barabati Fort and nestled at the origin of the river delta created by the alluvium of the Mahanadi & Kathjodi Rivers, the Cuttack City is divided into 54 jurisdictional wards; some of them being Phulnakhara, Salipur, Bidyadharpur, Choudwar, Bidanasi, etc. Proliferating on the global front as an advancing metropolitan, Cuttack has successfully retained its ethnic traditions and customs amidst the strong currents of modernization. This salmagundi of old & new, typical & atypical and standard & novel is celebrated all over the map for its palatial Dussehra Festival. The silver & gold Medhas and the idols of the Goddess Durga adorned with extravagant ornaments are some of the extraordinary hallmarks of the Cuttack Dussehra not witnessed anywhere else in the world.