Located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal in the state of Orissa, is the holy city of Jagannath Puri. Named after Jagannath, literally meaning the lord of the world, this holy city is known for the famous shrine of lord Jagannath. One of the four Dhams of the Hindus this ancient city is the abode of lord Jagannath or Puroshotam. Destination India Tourism offers to take you to this holy city with its online booking of Jagannath Temple Tours in Orissa, India.
Famous for its annual festival of Rath Yatra, which is held in the beginning of the monsoon, Jagannath Puri has been attracting pilgrims and tourists from all over the country. It is believed, that to see lord Jagannath on the chariot on the day of the Rath yatra helps one attain salvation from the cycles of birth and death.
Raja Ananta Varman Chodaganga built the temple in the 12th century in the Kalingan style architecture. The temple displays brilliance of the Kalingan architecture and is embellished with fine and intricate sculptural motifs .The temple contains the wooden images of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra. The main temple of lord Jagannath is a magnificent structure, 65 meters high, which stands on an elevated platform in the center of the city.
Puri city also has some of the finest golden beaches where you can spend your entire day and also watch beautiful sunset and sunrise from there. One of the most beautiful sites on the beaches is the sand art sculpture made by local artisans.
You can take a leisurely walk and shop at the same time on Bada Danda, the grand road in Puri. You can purchase local handicrafts like miniature stone sculpture, seashell paintings, patta paintings on cloth canvas etc. from here.
Places to visit around Puri:
When to visit Jagannath Puri:
Best time to visit is from October to April.
How to reach Jagannath Puri:
Bhubaneshwar is the nearest airport.
Puri is a rail terminus on the southeastern railways and is well connected to other parts of the country through the rail network.
It is well connected to other parts of the country through the road network.
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