About the Fort
The fort was constructed in the 13th century AD by the king Anangabhima Deva II of the Ganga dynasty, the fort was extensively fortified and extended by the last Hindu king of Odisha Raja Mukunda Deva I in the 15th century AD.
Amongst the ruins of what was once a formidable citadel what stands till date are the arched gateway and the moat along with the structural remains. Ironically, during the Paika uprising of 1817 (which was the first uprising against colonial rule in India), the fort provided a safe haven for the Britisher’s from the wrath of the Paika’s and the former imprisoned various imminent Paika leaders during the Paika uprising and eminent freedom fighters during the freedom struggle here at Barabati fort.
During the British rule in Odisha from 1803, Barabati fort served as an important edifice for Britisher’s be it a fortress or administrative affairs, all the offices where located in the Barabati fort complex.
The name “Cuttack” which means ” Military Cantonment” is derived due to the presence of the Fort.
Located adjacent to the fort complex is the famed Barabati Stadium.
Visitor entry timings to the fort – Morning 6am -8am & Evening- 4pm -6pm.