Puri, a coastal city located in the eastern part of India, is known for its beautiful beaches, ancient temples,
and rich cultural heritage. Puri is well known throughout India as a place of pilgrimage from the time immemorial
and the antiquity of this place is well established. The main two attractions of this temple city are famous
Lord Jagannath Temple and finest sandy Sea beach. Besides the main Jagannath Temple,
Puri has a large number of smaller temples dedicated mostly to Lord Shiva, Goddess Kali and
Lord Hanuman and numerous religious institutions and mathas. Puri has one of the finest beaches of the world.
Puri is also famous for its annual world famous Car Festival (Rath Yatra), where the Deities are taken out
in a grand procession on huge colorful wooden Chariots. The city is known for its mouth-watering seafood
and local sweet dishes.
Puri, popularly known as the Jagannath Dham, is one of the Char Dhams of India. The Char Dhams,
is the four most famous Hindu pilgrimage circuit in India which are believed to be the abodes of Hindu gods.
Located in the four directions of India, the circuit consists of four sites - to the north is Badrinath,
to the west is Dwarka, to the south is Rameshwaram
and to the east is Puri.
Puri is popularly also known as Shreekhetra. 'Shree'
means 'Goddess Mahalaxmi', the consort of Lord Vishnu and
'Khetra' means land. So Puri is the land of Mahalaxmi who happens to be the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
It is believed that, any one who comes to this land never remains unfed or starved.
Puri is a city that has something for everyone. Whether you are a history lover, a beach lover, or a foodie,
Puri has it all and no doubt is a worth-visiting place. If you are planning to visit Puri, please go through
these pages for (How to Reach Puri, Puri Travel Guide,
Accomodation in Puri, Shopping at Puri,
Eating Out in Puri) more information.
Top 5 Attractions in Puri
01. LORD JAGANNATH TEMPLE
The Odishan temple architecture which made an humble beginning before the sixth
century A.D. had reached its pinnacle of perfection by the time the temple of Jagannath
was built. Built in the 12th century A.D. by Chodagangadeva, the present temple
is of monumental magnitude. The temple makes Puri one of the Dhama.....
02. SEA BEACH
Puri, situated on the eastern sea-bed of India, is the only most popular sea-side
resort where the beauty of the sky in radiant colours, the roaring waves and the
golden beach can be experienced. The beach is very wide and exposed and there's
not a scrap of shade to be found. Odishan fishermen, wearing conical straw hats,
guide bathers .....
03. YAGNA NARASIMHA TEMPLE
In Puri town, to the western side of Gundicha temple and to the east of the sacred
Indradyumna tank there is a temple known as the Yagna Narasimha Temple. Devotees
can approach the temple on the right side of the road leading from Gundicha temple
towards matiapara sqaure. The presiding deity is Lord Narasimha.....
04. PANCHA MAHADEV / PANCHA PANDAVA
Panch Pandava Temples in Puri is the combined name of five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The temple gets the name Panch Pandava as the temples were built by the Pandavas of the Mahabharata.
Legend has it that Pancha (five) Pandavas (Yudhishtira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva)
during their one-year exile-in-disguise period.....
05. PANCHA TIRTHA
In Puri there are five sacred bathing places. They are known as the Pancha Tirtha. They
are Indradyumna Tank, Markandeya Tank, Swetaganga, Sea and Rohini Kunda. It is believed
that the visit to Puri is incomplete unless the ceremony of Pancha Tirtha is performed.
By Pancha Tirtha is meant the custom of bathing in.....
Top 5 Sightseeing from Puri
01. KONARK - SUN TEMPLE
The Sun temple of Konark, commonly known as the 'BLACK PAGODA' to the modern world,
built in the middle of 13th century is a massive conception of artistic magnificence
and engineering dexterity. Designed in the form of a gorgeously decorated chariot
mounted on twenty-four wheels and drawn by seven mighty horses.....
02. CHILIKA LAKE - BIRD SANCTUARY
Lake Chilika, the queen of natural scenery in Odisha, also known as the Swiss-Lake
in the continent. South-west of puri, the lake is dotted with a number of islands.
With the advent of winter, varieties of migratory birds and water-fowls gather here
in large numbers. The shallow lake is about 70 kilometers long and averages 15 kilometers wide.....
03. SAKHIGOPAL - LORD KRISHNA TEMPLE
One of the sacred tourist destination of Odisha,
Sakhigopal is a village of historical importance which is situated 19 kilometers north of Puri.
The importance of the place is the famous Sakhigopal
temple. It is one of the top calibre krishna temple of the country. It is a
saying that unless Sakhigopal is visited the piligrimage to Puri is not
04. KAKATPUR - GODDESS MANGALA TEMPLE
Kakatpur is a small village in Puri District and is situated at a distance of 50 kms from Puri.
Situated on the bank of river Prachi, this temple is famous for Goddess Mangala.
Goddess Mangala is the presiding deity of Kakatpur and is worshipped in this temple.
There is a famous story behind the evolution of the name of the deity as 'Kakatpur'.....
05. BRAHMAGIRI - LORD ALARNATH TEMPLE
Lord Alarnath temple in Brahmagiri, around 25 kilometers from Puri,
is a famous religious place for all Krishna
devotees. It is explained that in Satya Yuga, Lord Brahma came and worshipped Lord
Vishnu here on top of a hill. According to mythology, the rulers of Alwar in Rajasthan had established
the temple here......
Top 5 Festivals at Puri
01. SNANA YATRA
A very special and sacred festival of Lord Jagannath held in the full-moon day of the month of Jyestha (June-July). This festival is known as 'Devasnana Purnima' or 'Snana Yatra' or 'Devasnana Yatra' (Bathing Festival). There is a general belief that the devotee washes away all his sins if he gets a vision of the Lord on this day.....
02. CAR FESTIVAL
Ratha Yatra, the grand and colorful festival of chariots, is held on Asadha Sukla Dwitiya i.e. the second day of bright fortnight of Asadha (June-July) every year. Millions of devotees from different parts of the country and abroad witnessed the spectacle of world famous Car festival of Lord Jagannath at Puri. This festival is also......
03. CHANDAN YATRA
The Hindu believes in the festivals of Lord Jagannath as the source of giving entertainment to the human society, So the festivals relating to Lord Jagannath are the occasions of great religious experience and devotional favour. In the metaphysical system the festivals are known as 'Yatra'. Many festivals of Puri......
Nabakalebara is a combination of two words Nava and Kalebara. In local Odia language, 'Nava' means 'New' and 'Kalebara' means 'Body', so the literal meaning of Nabakalebara is new body or re-embodiment. During the Nabakalebara ceremony the old figures of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra.....
05. KARTIKA BRATA
Kartika is the holiest of all the months in Hindu lunar calendar and includes many religious events like 'Habisha', 'Baluka Puja', 'Panchuka', 'Kartika Purnima', 'Boita Bandana' etc. Kartika month usually overlaps with the months October & November in the English calendar. This is the most awaited month......
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