Sambalpur is a prime city in the state of Odisha. It is the heartthrob of Western part of Odisha for its vivid social, cultural, political and economical identity. It was established in the year 1528 by Raja Balaram Dev. It is situated in the bank of river Mahanadi and is enriched with natural surroundings. Maa Samleswari is the presiding deity of the city and its name has been derived from that of Goddess Samlei. Sambalpur is famous for Hirakud Dam, Sambalpuri Sarees, Sambalpuri folk songs and Dance, the Sitalsasthi festival and the leaning Temple of Huma. Several traits of the culture like Sambalpuri language, Sambalpuri dance, Sambalpuri songs and Sambalpuri sarees have held a national identity and it is now being admired by people outside the region.
Sambalpur also encompasses in its territory two small but vital towns named Burla and Hirakud. Educational institutions like Sambalpur University, Veer Surendra Sai Medical College, Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Gangadhar Meher College, Government Women’s College, Orissa Medical College of Homeopathy has awarded Sambalpur the title of ‘Education Hub’.
HINDALCO Hirakud, Samleswari Sponge Iron Ltd, Bhusan Steel and Power Limited, Vedanta Aluminium Limited, Aryan Ispat & Power Ltd and many more industries have made Sambalpur an ‘Industrial Zone’. The architectural charisma of Hirakud Dam attracts huge number of tourists to the town. The history of modern Odisha starts with this multipurpose Dam project.