Bhubaneswar is capital of Odisha. It is the largest city of Odisha and has great economic and religious importance. History of Bhubaneswar is traced to 1st century BC and earlier. Many Hindu temples span the entire spectrum of Kalinga architecture. Bhubaneswar is often referred to as a "Temple City of India". Along with Puri and Konark it forms the Swarna Tribhuja ("Golden Triangle") which is one of India's most visited destinations.
It is said that there were about seven thousand temples here, which earned it the coveted title "The Temple City of India". Even today from the hundreds of temples that still stand majestically as mute witness of its glorious past, one can study the chronological development of temple architecture from the beginning in the 7th Century AD to its culmination in the 13th Century A.D. It is a center of art and craft, and is known for its rich heritage and cultural background. Numerous temples, caves, religious ponds etc. propagating faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism, Vaishnavism, Jainism speak not only of the wealth and prosperity of the people of the past but also of their masterly engineering skill and superb architecture in stone.
Bhubaneswar is a Tier-2 city of India. It is an emerging information technology and education hub. Bhubaneswar is basically an administrative, information technology, education and tourism city. It is also ranked as best place to do business in India by the World Bank in 2014. Bhubaneswar attracted around 1.5 million tourists in 2011. Bhubaneswar has been traditionally home to handicrafts industry, including silver filigree work, applique work, stone and wood carvings and patta painting, which significantly contributes to the city's economy.
Bhubaneswar is pretty popular in terms of education. There are various premier educational institutes present in Bhubaneswar. Premier educational institutions include the IIT Bhubaneswar, National Institute of Science Education and Research, International Institute of Information Technology, Bhubaneswar (IIIT-Bh), Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB), Institute of Mathematics and Applications (IOMA), National Institute of Fashion Technology, Institute of Physics, Institute of Life Sciences, Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Regional Medical Research Center and Regional Institute of Education.