Choudwar

Geographical Location
Choudwar, that has the unique distinction of being an industrially significant zone in the State, is located on the bank of the river Mahanadi on NH-42. The principal language spoken here is Odia.
History
Choudwar once served as the capital for the Somakuli Keshari Kings of Odisha. Eight prominent Shiva pithas were established by the Keshari dynasty in the vicinity of Choudwar, which are now in ruins. Tradition hold that it was the capital for Virat, the brother-in-law of Kichaka. Additionally, the five Pandava brothers, with their consort Draupadi, took shelter in Choudwar during their secret exile.

How to reach there?
The Cuttack railway station is 15 km from the Choudwar. The nearby airport is Bhubaneswar International Airport. By boat, Choudwar is only 5 kms from Cuttack city.

Fairs and festivals
Choudwar celebrates all the major fairs and festivals of Odisha. The local communities celebrate festivals like Rath Yatra, Chaadakhai, Biswakarma Puja, Dola Purnima etc. Apart from this, Laxmi Puja and Dussehra are also celebrated here.