Bhubaneswar Foundation Day: Here’s Some Interesting Facts About The Capital City

It’s Bhubaneswar’s 73rd birthday! The first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had laid the foundation stone of the city on this day, way back in 1948.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to Twitter to wish the denizens on the occasion.

“Congratulate everyone on the #BhubaneswarFoundationDay. From a temple city, #Bhubaneswar has evolved as a truly global city, #SmartCity and #SportsCapitalofIndia. It is our constant endeavour to develop it as a liveable city while preserving its monuments, culture & heritage,” the Chief Minister wrote.

Owing to the surge in COVID-19 infections in the state, the celebrations for Foundation Day remained subdued.

As Bhubaneswar celebrates its 73rd Foundation Day, Mudhi Mixture brings you some interesting facts about the city –

  • Bhubaneswar is among one of the first planned cities in India. It was designed by German architect Otto Konigsberger.
  • It was also the first city to be adjudged as a ‘Smart City’ in the Smart City Mission.
  • On August 19, 1949, Bhubaneswar replaced Cuttack as the capital of Odisha.
  • The word ‘Bhubaneswar’ is derived from the word ‘Tribhubaneswara,’ which means Lord of the three worlds, referring to Shiva.
  • Bhubaneswar has previously been known as Toshali, Kalinga Nagri, Kalinga Chakra Kshetra, Ekamra Kshetra.
  • The city is emerging as an education and IT hub in eastern India.
  • Unofficially, Bhubaneswar is also called the ‘Sports Capital’ of India as it has hosted several tournaments of international repute including the Hockey World Cup in 2018 and Asian Athletics Championships in 2017.
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