The name 'Cuttack' is derived from the anglicised Sanskrit word 'Kataka', meaning military camp or seat of government. It also means the fort, referring to the ancient Barabati Fort, around which the city developed. Cuttack used to be the former capital of Odisha before the title passed on to Bhubaneswar, located about 25 km away. From pretty landscapes to a variety of activities, there is something here for everyone  be it a lover of shopping, history, archaeology or spirituality. One can visit Cuttack at any time of the year, but winter is considered to be the ideal time. Cuttack is the second-largest city in the state of Odisha and the headquarters of the Cuttack District. Its history goes back a 1,000 years and that is why it is also known as the Millennium City. Sometimes it is referred to as Silver City because of the beautiful filigree works made here. Cuttack is also well-known for woven textiles and horn works. As for food, the local dahibara is highly popular, along with chhena poda or rasgulla. Another interesting feature of the city is that this is where Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was born. There are four rivers that run through this city, including the Mahanadi and its distributaries Kathajodi, Kuakhai and Birupa. Kathajodi river is further divided into Devi and Biluakhai. Cuttack is also hailed as the City of Brotherhood as people from all religions have been living here for centuries with a lot of affection and goodwill amongst each other.

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