Barabati Fort is situated in the heart of the city. It is about 8 km away from Cuttack Town. The Fort was built by the Ananga Bhima Deb during the Ganga dynasty on the bank of the river Mahanadi. Now a day only nine-storeyed palaces stand as a witness of the Ganga dynasty despite the ups downs of the history of Odisha. The dilapidated Fort has surrounded by 40 feet wide moat. The area occupies 12 Baties invaders Kalapahad in 1268 AD. Once upon a time the Muslim ruler Sirajuddaula was imprisoned and remained in this fort for some time. The fort was occupied by the British in October 1803 .but now only ruins of the fort remain as the symbol of the Ganga dynasty.
This palace had nine Asians. Later on, this Persian word Asiana was misunderstood and it was misinformed that Mukundadev had built a nine-storied palace there. The Barabati Fort, which was once creating a sensation in the body and mind of the Odia militia, which was once a nightmare for the enemies of the Odia race, is now in a sorry state of helpless ruins. But the moat, the main gate still exists to narrate the stories of heroism and bravery of the great Odia race. Barabati Fort is the best tourist place in Cuttack, Odisha. (Source)