Puri is located 60 kms from Bhubaneswar on the coast of the Bay Bengal. It
is one of the four Dhamas of India-Puri, Dwarka, Rameswaram and Badrinatha.
Puri Temple is called Sri Purusottam or Martya Vaikuntha, thea abode of Lord Vishnu
on earth. Puri is included in the Golden Triangle of Orissa together with
Bhubaneswar and Konark. It's home to the 12th century Puri Jagannath Temple.
The four principles of Puri are Mahodadhi (the deep blue sea), Baba Danda
(the main road in the city), Mahaprasada (the offering to Lord Jagannath)
and Swargadwara (the beach, gateway to heaven).
It is considered that pilgrimage of the Temples of India is not complete
without making the journey to Puri Tours.
Best season to Visit
October to April
Puri Tourist Attraction
» Puri Jagannath Temple :
The name of Jagannatha literally means
Lord Of the Universe. It is said that the Temple was began by the King Chora
Ganga Deva and finished by his descendent, Anangabhima,in the 12th centuary.
Acknowledged as one of the four dhams or most sacred Hindu pilgrimages
along the four cardinal points - the other three are Dwarka in Gujarat
(west), Badrinath in Uttar Pradesh (north) and Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu
(south). The Jagannath Temple was one of the first Temples to allow entry to
all Hindus, regardless of caste. However, the Temple remains rigidly out of
bounds for non-Hindus who may catch a glimpse of it from the roof of the
library opposite the Temple.
The main Temple structure is 65 m high and is built on the elevated ground,
which makes it look even larger and adds to the imposing impression you get
as you come within the sight of the Temple.
» Gundicha Mandir :
This Temple is located at the end of Grand
Road about 3kms northeast of the Jagannatha Temple. It is also known as the
Garden House, becomes the home of the images of the gods during the
week-long Rath Yatra. The Temple is closed to non-Hindus and is set amidst a
beautiful garden. It is said that the wife of Indradyumna ,the king who
originally established Jagannatha , was known as Gundicha.
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