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The small coastal city of Puri is known all over the
world as the seat of Lord Jagannath literally meaning
the Lord of the Universe.
Situated at a distance of 60 kms. From Bhubaneswar,
Puri is considered to be one of the four most sacred
places for the Hindus, because of the shrine of Lord
The magnificent 192 ft. high, 12th century A.D. temple
of Jagannath is one of the finest specimens of Orissan
architecture. The temple and the deities enshrined are
revered by millions of pilgrims coming to seek Lord’s
blessings. Despite being closed for the non-Hindus,
Jagannath continues to attract scholars of Oriental
studies from all over the world. Besides the historic Jagannath Temple
(Srimandir), the wide spread, beautiful, sandy sea beach
sacred tanks like Narendra, decorated art of deities,
traditional dance and music, cultural festivals, the
hamlets of traditional artists and variety of handicrafts
are few veritable feasts to the eyes of tourists. The
hamlets like Chitrakar Sahi, Pathuria Sahi, Kundheibenta
Sahi are the home of numerous artisans and craftsmen
who produce rare and exquisite handicrafts of large
The main temple, a majestic structure of 65 metres high,
stands on an elevated platform in the heart of the city
– its swirling pinnacle commanding the landscape
for the miles around. It is a monument of the 12th century
A.D. with all the richness and plasticity of the Kalinga
style of architecture. Apart from the main temple one
can see within its precincts a host of other smaller
temples including Goddess Vimala, Laxmi and Vishnu and
Ananda Bazar, a unique restaurant of the world.
The other notable shrines like Gundicha, Lokanath, Sonar
Gourange, Siddha Bakul, Gambhira Math, Chakratirtha
and tanks like Narendra, Swetaganga, Markandeya, Indradyumna,
etc are worth visiting.
The festival of chariots known as the Ratha Yatra, an
annual ritual spreading over the entire summer and monsoon
months, makes Puri attractive and enjoyable for the
tourists. The Hindu new year beginning in Mid April
heralds the summer and is the season for the famous
Chandan yatra at Puri. The Chalanti Pratimas or moving
images of the deities take a ritual boat ride after
a refreshing bath in fragrant sandal wood scented water.
This is followed by Snana Yatra, literally the festival
of bath, in which the main images are installed on the
bathing platform and given a ceremonial bath. The Lords
then convalesce inside the sanctum sanctorum, closed
to public view. During theis period the devotees have
to be satisfied with a darshan of images of the Lords
on cloth paintings or Pattachitra especially made for
the purpose. Then comes the annual journey of the three
deities, on grand chariots to their garden house –
‘GUNDICHA’. On the way their aunt feeds
them with Podapitha (specially baked rice cakes). The
deities on reaching Shri Gundicha give darshan to countless
devotees everyday and after a lapse of 8 days, return
to the main temple riding their chariots. Apart from
this, tourist festivals like Shreekshetra Ustav &
Beach Festival are also great attraction for the tourists.
Puri offers a rare opportunity to the tourists to witness
the colourful sunrise and sunset on the same beach where
they can bathe and laze for hours on the golden sands.
One can also see and enjoy traditional fishermen in
hundreds, plying their catamarans or sail boats and
drawing into their nets a rich catch of prawn, pomfrets
and other fishes on this long and wide beach extending
for miles. The roadside hotels and stalls offer the
best sea food delicacies to the tourists.
The grand road, as it is called, is ideal for a leisurely
stroll and shopping for souvenirs and mementoes. Typical
Puri handicrafts include miniature stone sculptures,
woodcarvings, seashell items, patta paintings on cloth
canvas and colorful appliqué work. One can also
pick up these pieces from Art and Craft Museum, Sun
Crafts, Utkalika and other many of the shop’s
located in around Sargadwar, literally, the Gateway
|How to reach
Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport – 60 km Indian
Airlines has flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Visakhapatnam,
Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai. Sahara Airlines has flights
from Hyderabad with connectivity facilities to all other
important cities. Air Deccan and some other flight operators
operates between Kolkata & Bhubaneswar.
A terminus on the East Coast Railway having fast and
superfast train links with New Delhi, Kolkata and Baidyanath
Dham (Okha), Ahmedabad, Tirupati, etc.
60 km by road from Bhubaneswar. One can also approach
by road via Konark through the Marine Drive covering
about 100 kms.
||Throughout the year
|Nearest Railway Station
||Balighai (8 km)
Sea Beach and Sea Turtle Research Centre
Baliharachandi (27 km)
Shrine of Harachandi on the desolate sand dunes and
a nice picnic spot.
Beleswar (15 km)
Shrine of Lord Beleswar Shiva on the sea beach.
Brahmagiri (25 km)
Shrine of Lord Alaranath, worshipped as Jagannath during
Raghurajpur (14 km)
Artisan village & centre for unique ‘Gotipua’
Sakshigopal (20 km)
Shrine of Lord Sakshigopal and Samadhi of Panchasakha,
freedom fighters monument.
Satpada (50 km)
A scenic spot on Chilika, ideal for bird watching &
viewing Irawady Dolphins.
||All type of Hotels, Resorts, Holiday Homes
are available. For Hotel / Holiday Home information
Website : www.orissatourism.gov.in
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourist Office, CT Road, Puri – 752002, Tel :
Tourist Counter, Railway Station Puri, Tel : 223536.
Tourist Office, New Bus Stand,
Pin – 760004, Tel: (0680) 2280226
Tourist Counter, Railway Station, Pin – 760004,
Tourist Office, Jayadev Marg, Pin – 751002, Tel
Tourist Counter, Airport, Tel : 2534006,
Tourist Counter, Railway Station, Tel : 2530715,
India Tourism, B-21, B.J.B Nagar, Pin – 751014,
Tel : 2432203.
Tourist Office, Utkalika, B/4 – Baba Kharak Singh
Marg, New Delhi, Pin – 110001,
Telefax – 011-23364580.
Tourist Office, Utkal Bhawan,
55, Lenin Sarani, Kolkata, Pin – 700013,
Tourist Office, Tamilnadu Tourism Complex, Near Kalaivanar
Arangam, Wallajah Road,
Pin – 600002, Telefax: 044-25360891.
Tourist Office, Hotel New Bengal, Near Crawford Market,
D.N. Road, Pin – 400001, Tel : 022-23401951.