Cuttack, the former capital and one of the oldest towns of Orissa is the administrative headquarters of the district. The town is situated at the apex of the delta formed by the rivers Mahanadi in the North and Kathajodi in the South. It serves as a convenient base for touring the various places of interest in the district.
The name Kataka is derived from Sanskrit, and means a military establishment/camp/bunker. The city was known as Bidanasi Katak (meaning Bidanasi Military Base) during the days when Barabati Fort was in existence. Bidanasi is now a satellite city in Cuttack.
Cuttack is not different from other ancient cities in India, and for over a thousand years has seen the influx of every major religion in India. There are different religious establishments often been built within close proximity of each other.
Katak Chandi Temple- The temple of goddess Katak Chandi, is probably the most famous religious establishment of city. With Katak Chandi being worshipped as the main goddess, the temple has smaller temples of other Gods and goddesses within its small compound. Not far from this temple, is the Gada Chandi temple which inside the Barabati Fort. There is also temple of Lord Shiva on the banks of Mahanadi River, and near the fort, known as Gada Gadia temple.
Jama Masjid- Jama, means Big, and this is the oldest, biggest, and the most beautiful masjid of Cuttack. It was built during the Mughal era. It possesses several rooms for visitors and students. Earlier there used to be a Madrasa in this mosque. However, since last 10 years, the Madrasa is shifted out of the mosque. The neighbourhoods surrounding the Juma Masjid are inhabited both by Hindus and Muslims, who live peacefully with perfect communal harmony.
Oriya is the primary language used in the city and Hindi is also widely spoken and understood. There are people from various communities who also speak Kosali, Santali, Bengali, Marwari, Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu, etc. English is used in commercial and writing purposes. Most of the banners are written in Oriya, English and Hindi.
District Cuttack is proud for the village like Kusupur which is one of the ancient village in the District on the National High way No.5 A. Village Kusupur is famous for Village Poet Nanda Kishore Bala, Modern Artist Bimbadhara Varma, and Modern Literate Surya Mani Jena.