Barabati Fort

Barabati Fort, Cuttack

Barabati Fort
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins

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Mitra M
Cuttack, India51 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
It includes some remnants of old fort.The entrance itself proves that.There is greenery inside,which of course is very less than what it was before cyclone Fani.Early morning,people come there for morning walk.There is an old temple of gadachandi inside.
Written November 5, 2019
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Travel3652
Guwahati, India1,016 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
The fort has a moat around it as was the design in earlier times. The upkeep could be better. Could not go in as the entry timings did not match our being there.
Written July 6, 2019
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Eaglesnow
Cuttack, India108 contributions
Jun 2019
The fort gate still stands and is the logo of cuttack municipality its the place were usually jogers go in the morning and there are pillars been evacuated which was the part of a palace in olden days
Written June 23, 2019
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kumarbisoi
Bhubaneswar, India55 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
Nothing much to see here. Battle fort in ruins . Nice place to click some snaps .
Nearby there is stadium where you get awesome dahi bara .a must try .
Written April 21, 2019
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Dr. Arindam Ray
Kolkata (Calcutta), India383 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
We went to the place but unable to visit the place as the main door was locked. I am told that the timing for visitor are 6:30 am - 8:30 am and 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Which is not convenient for tourist. It is requested to authority to open the national property for visitor during day time like 10:30 am to 5:30pm or like that.
Written January 30, 2019
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pranesh p
3 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
So good and so clean place and it's for small children. It is a historical place of kalinga history. Also you may see Barabati Stadium and Netaji Indor stadium and take the delicious items like Dahibara the cuttack food items.
Written January 15, 2019
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Rommel F
Benaulim, India10 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
There's nothing much to see here. In 30 mins to 1 hour, you'll finish seeing everything there is to see. But I'm giving it 5 stars because it's a good selfie point, and the garden is kept nicely maintained by the gardeners.
Written December 20, 2018
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BikashRDas
Bengaluru, India20 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
The history of Barabati is interconnected with the history of Cuttack city, the Capital of Orissan empire over the ages. The notable events of Orissan History are all interwined with this bastion. As the Gajapati Emperors assumed the title of Navakoti Karnata, Kala Vargesvara, Barabati, the seat of administration of such a vast empire occupied the highest rank among the innumerable forts spread from Ganges in the north to Godavari in the south. And being from this place - it is pride indeed for me to mention this.

Madalapanji, the chronicle of Jagannatha temple, relates that Sri Ananga Bhima Deva III (1211- 38A.D.) at the sight of an auspicious sign near the Visvesvar temple of Barabati village laid the foundation stone of Barabati Cuttack or Varanasi Cuttack and made it the capital of Kalingan Empire. It is gleaned from the Nagari Copper Plate of Shri -Anagabhimadeva issued from the Abinavakataka that Anangabhima resided in the fort of Barabati. The next rulers of Ganga dynasty stayed in this fort and made further improvement of Kataka city. Narasimha Deva, the greatest warrior and builder of Ganga dynasty started his war procession against Humayun Shah a of Bahamani and returned victorious amidst joy and pomp. In order to stop the constant attacks of Muslims of Bengal he erected the famous fort of Raibania near Jaleswar on the border of present Orissa and crushed the Muslims on the bank of Hooghly river. As a sign of victory he caused the construction of world famous Sun temple at Konarak. The fort is square in plan. It spreads over an area of 102 acres and surrounded on all sides with stone paved moat of 10 Mtr. wide in northern and western sides and 20 Mtr. wide in the eastern and southern sides. The entire fort wall except the entrance is missing. Since, 1915, in view of its national importance, the place has been declared as a protected site by Archaeological Survey of India. At the centre of the fort we notice a high mound with a tank in the western side. It spreads over 15/16 acres of area. Now the site is extensively encroached. To the east of the mound, there is the Shahi mosque while in the west of the tank lies the mazar of Hazrat Ali Bukhari.
The first Muslim invasion of Barabati by Ghiyasuddin Iwaz Shah, Sultan of Bengal took place during the reign of Anangabhima Deva III. The Muslim forces occupied the frontier outpost of Lakhnor in Birbhumi. After that a large troop under the command of his brotherin-law Paramardideva attacked Lakhnaor, capital of Muslim Bengal. The Orissan army secured a great success with the sacrifice of Paramardideva who fell in the battle field. His wife Chandrika Devi, in his memory built the Anantavasudeva temple at Bhubaneswar. In the 14th century A.D. Illyas Shah of Bengal invaded North Orissa. Later on Sultan Firuz Shah Tughluq invaded Orissa and occupied Barabati fort in 1361. He went back to Delhi with rich booty. Narasingha Deva IV was known to have issued two copper plates from this Varanasi Cuttack. In 1568 Kalapahad attacked the fort which became the undisputed seat of the Afgans thereafter. Daud, son of Suleman Karani was defeated by Muni Khan, the general of Akbar in 1575. Doud Karani surrendered to Mughal forces in this glorious Barabati fort. To suppress Afghan uprisings, Akbar sent Mansingh in 1592. He stayed here and suppressed the Afghan uprisings. Raja Kalyanmal, son of Raja Todarmal was governor here. Prince Khuram, the rebel son of Jahangir visited the fort . In 1633 English merchants Bruton and Cartwright met prince Suja’s Deputy governor Aga Mohammed Zamere. During Afghan, Mughal and Maratha rule the fort of Barabati was the seat of administration. The king of Khurda, Ramachandra Deva was imprisoned in this fort by Taki Khan in 1725 A.D. In 1742 Bhaskar Pandit, the leader of the Marathas attacked the fort and in 1745 A.D. Raghuji Bhonsla occupied the fort. Thus by 1751 the fort and Cuttack came entirely under the occupation of the Marathas. The Maratha armies stationed in the fort were not ready for the unexpected battle nor had any opportunity to get military help from the feudal lords of Orissa. So the British armies under the comandership of colonel Harcourt and Colonel Celton bombarded the fort and could enter without resistana The fort thus the seat of administration for several centuries was utlimately used as the prison for illustrious kings and nobles of the land.

During the Paika Vidroha - the Raja of Kujanga, in 1818, the Raja of Khurda and in 1819 and the Raja of Suguja with his family members were kept under confinement in this fort.

Very Soon the Moat around the fort will be cleaned up for boating facility.
Written September 18, 2018
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Sushanto Kumar Saha
Dhaka City, Bangladesh218 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
We heard a lot about this fort. But without a gate there is nothing to see. There is a holy temple of Maa Gadachandi. Without this, nothing is mentionable here.
Written August 26, 2018
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Shashi2210
Mumbai, India270 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
Just rhe remains available. All destroyed. But whatever remains has been maintained very beautifully. Good place for an evening walk.
Written August 25, 2018
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