Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, has a long history of over 2000 years and is also known as the temple city of India. The largest city of Odisha,Bhubaneswar today is a center of economic and religious importance in the region. Together with Puri and Konark, Bhubaneswar forms the "Golden Triangle", one of the most visited destinations in east India. Bhubaneswar replaced Cuttack as the political capital of the state of Odisha in 1948, a year after India gained its independence. Bhubaneswar and Cuttack are together known as the "twin cities" of Odisha.
The metropolitan area formed by the twin cities has a population of 1.4 million. An emerging IT hub, the boom in the metals and metal processing industries has made Bhubaneswar one of the fastest developing cities of India in recent years. Besides, Odisha has great potential in agriculture, fisheries, sericulture, horticulture, paper, handicrafts, textile, leather and bio-technology industry. Large MNCs and corporates have substantially invested in the state due to its rich natural resources and minerals.