Sambalpur (Sambalpur (help·info)) is the fourth largest city in the Indian State of Odisha. It is located on the banks of river Mahanadi, with a population of 335,761 (as per 2011 census).
Sambalpur is one of the ancient places of India, with recorded settlements in the prehistoric age. It is the home of Sambalpuri Saree from which the world famous textile derives its name. Since the construction & operationalisation of Hirakud Dam in 1956, Sambalpur has undergone a major transformation, supporting agriculture and metal industries, harbouring many educational institutes and attracting students to Burla, the education hub of Odisha. The city contains many historic buildings and parks, and is also a major communication & commercial hub. It houses the headquarters of Northern Revenue Division & Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL).Sambalpur is also known as Diamond city of Odisha.