About Jagannatha Puri

Jagannatha Puri is a famous for the Hindu temple dedicated to Shree Jagannatha, located on the eastern coast of India, at Puri, Odisha. It is known as the ‘Shreekhetra Dham’ as it is one of the Char Dham’s (Four sacred places) of India. The Char Dham’s were established by Adi Shankaracharya. The ancient city and its history are intertwined with Shree Jagannatha. Besides the cult of Shree Jagannatha and the mysticism attached with Puri, it is one of the few destinations where one can combine spiritual salvation with fun and adventure. Puri offers a myriad of tourist attractions ranging from monuments of ancient history, breath-taking temple architecture, art & craft villages and pristine beaches that never ceases to amaze. 

Puri is a small district in the state of Odisha located on the eastern coast of India. The nearest airport is in Bhubaneshwar which is around 60km away from Puri.  Puri is well-connected to various cities through road and rail transport. It is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites famous for the popular Shree Jagannatha Temple.  

Puri is also famous for its annual chariot festival – Jagannatha Rath Yatra. Every year millions of devotees across the world witness this magnificent festival and it’s amazing rituals. Rath Yatra is the most popular chariot festival among the Hindus across the world. On this occasion, Shree Jagannatha, his elder brother Balabhadra and his beloved sister Subhadra visit his aunt’s place every year on three majestic chariots with a lot of pomp and show which starts from Jagannatha Temple in Puri. It is famously known as ‘Jagannatha Rath Yatra ‘, which is followed by millions of pilgrims all over the world. It is celebrated on the ‘Dwitiya’ (2nd day) during the ‘Ashadha Shukla Paksha’. 

Besides the Jagannatha temple, many other temples are also there which the tourists can visit. The city is dotted with many old shrines and Matha’s (Ashram’s) each having its own little story which weaves itself in the larger canvas attached with Shree Jagannatha. The other notable temples are Alarnath Vishnu temple, Loknath Shiva temple and Jambeswara Shiva temple.  

Puri Beach is one of the finest coastlines in East India, bordering the Bay of Bengal and is located at a walking distance from the Jagannatha temple. With the sun gleaming on the pristine waters of the beach, the place is ideal for holiday makers looking for some solitude. It is often flocked by devotees visiting the beach for a purification dip who come to Puri to pay their homage to Shree Jagannatha. The beach is also renowned for the sand sculptures made by internationally known sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik. The sculptures are usually inspired by the art covering the temple walls or other mythological character. 

The heritage crafts village of Raghurajpur is located approximately 12 KM from Puri and is best known for its Pattachitra art. Steeped in ancient culture, portraying scenes from mythology with vibrant colours, superb craftsmanship, simplicity in design, the Pattachitra has captured the imagination of artists and art lovers alike. The term Pattachitra means Vastra (Cloth) and Chitra means paintings. So Pattachitra is essentially a painting on a piece of cloth. 

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