Puri in Odisha (Orissa) the perfect destination for headstrong devotees and almost all the believers in religion make it a point to explore Puri.
At a distance of 60 kilometers from Bhubaneswar, Puri in Odisha (Orissa) is visited by several tourists for religious reasons as well as for other attractions. You have the holy Jagannath temple that adds significance to Puri tourism. And for Vaishnavas, Puri is one of the ‘Char Dhams’that every Hindu aspires to visit more than once in a lifetime.
Most of the sightseeing in Puri is related to enthralling beaches, ‘Mathas’ and holy sites. There are myriad monuments that are worth watching. They include Gundicha Temple, Gundicha Temple, Shyamakali Temple, Daskhina Kali Mandir, Karar Ashram etc.
People also get attracted to the renowned Ratha Yatra in which the images of Lord Jagannath, worshipped by Hindus, along with Subhadra and Balabhadra, roam around the city in a very royal manner. Thousands of visitors come to Puri to experience this eye catching scene that is viewed once in a year.
Puri has its unique culture and tradition that dates back to the 3rd century BC. As you study the cultural bearings of Puri in Odisha (Orissa), you get to see that people from distinct background are residing here. Be it Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Jain or Christian, all of them add to the cultural diversity of Puri.
It has been observed that over the years, Puri tourism has tremendously and continuously accelerated because of an array of festivals. Konark Festival, Puri Beach Festival, Chandan Yatra, Sahi yatra, Sriksetra Mohoshav, Gundicha Utshav etc, all have immensely contributed to the tourism in Puri.
Jagannath Puri temple
Shree Jagannath Puri temple, one of the most impressing monuments of the Indian State Odisha (Orissa), was constructed by a famous king of Ganga Dynasty Ananta Varman Chodaganga Deva dating back to 12th century at the seashore Puri. This astounding Vaishnava temple enshrines Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Balabhadra. The main temple of Jagannath is an impressing and amazing structure constructed in Kalinga architecture, with a height of 65 meters placed on an elevated platform.
Lord Jagannath is believed to be the symbol of Universal peace, love and brotherhood and is a manifestation of Lord Krishna. The important annual festival here is the ritual of Rath Yatra, during which thousands of devotees throng to this temple.
In 1975, Archeological Survey of India took over the temple as a protected monument and ASI carries out the up keeping, preservation and maintenance. The tourists who are fond of cultural heritage, archeology and Historical monuments regularly visit this place apart from the large inflow of devotees of Lord Jagannath.