Barabati Fort – Cuttack, Odisha | All you need to know about Barabati Fort

Barabati Fort
Barabati Fort

Barabati Fort – Cuttack, Odisha | All you need to know about Barabati Fort

The Barabati Fort is situated on the banks of the Mahanadi river in Odisha and is famous for its beautifully carved doors and nine-storeyed palace.The Barabati Fort was built by the Ganga dynasty in the 14th century. It is believed that during the war, the forts built on both sides of the river protected this fort. Presently there is an international stadium where many Sports competitions and cultural events are organized.

Barabati fort is the one of the main attractions of Odisha which represent the Indian architecture. It is nearly 8kms away from the main city of Cuttack, which is built on the top of the delta which was formed by Kathajodi and Mahanadi rivers situated at an elevation of 14.62m above the sea.

The Barabati Fort was built by King Mukund Dev in 1560–1568 and turned into a large fort. From 1568 to 1603, this fort was under the Afghans, Mughals and Maratha kings, then in 1803, the British took away the fort from the Marathas. Later he moved to Bhubaneswar and the fort remained neglected.

The ruins of the fort still remain with its moat, gate and the earthen mound of the nine-storied palace built on the land of 102 acres and the walls of this fort are made up of laterite and sandstone, which evokes the memories of past days. As per the Archaeological surveys structure of the fort is roughly rectangular in shape.

Now-a-days the fort houses Indoor Stadium, Satyabrata stadium, Sports Hostel, Dargah, Gada Chandi Mandir, Cuttack Club, High Court museum and several high-profile bungalows.