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The Katak Chandi Temple of Cuttack in Odisha is an important pilgrimage center and is quite well-known for Durga and and Kali puja festivals held annually. Dedicated to Goddess Chandi, this ancient temple is close to the banks of the river Mahanadhi. The belief is the presiding deity of Cuttack, popularly called Maa Katak Chandi, who sits in the heart of the city and since ancient time has been ruling over this place. Maa Chandi is worshipped as Bhuvaneshvari Mahavidya (the queen of universe) by the Brahmins native to this place - Utkala Brahmin community.
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Here, the deity Bhuvaneshwari has four hands, adorned with four weapons and gestures symbolic of Paasha (noose), Ankusha (goad), dispelling fear (Abhaya), and granting boon (Varada). She is worshipped as Bhuvaneswari while chanting Bhuvaneswari Mantra. The Durga Puja festivities are quite popular in Maa Katak Chandi temple and it is a 16 day celebrations of intense worship with religious fervor. It starts from dark fortnight of Ashwina Krishna Ashtami till Ashwina shukla navami and Vijayadashami.