Puri is one of the famous Dhamas(holy places) of India.
Adi Shankaracharya founded one of the Peethas here.
This holy district has seventeen important tourist
spots. Among them the noteworthy are: The ancient
and world famous Sri Mandir and its attractive seabeach
along with Mathas and Ashrams. Sri Gundicha temple,
Adi Sankaracharya's Gobardhan Math, Siddha Mahabir
temple, Chakratirtha, Sunar Gaurang, Atharnala, Panchatirtha
Pond, Nanak's Bauli Matha, Radhakanta Matha established
by Sri Chaitanya, Haridas Thakur's Siddha Bakula &
Haridas Matha, Khirachora Gopinatha, Ramanuja's court,
Emar Matha, Batamangala, Adwaita Brahma Ashram otherwise
known as Ginaribanta and Puri's Swargadwara are the
main attraction for the tourists all over the world.
temple , is situated in the heart of Puri
town which is 62 kms from Bhubaneswar. Puri is one
of the famous Dhamas(holy places) of India.
main temple, a majestic structure of 65 meters,
stands on an elevated platform , its swirling
pinnacle commanding the landscape for miles around.
Apart from the main temple one should see within
its precincts the smaller temples of Goddess Vimla,
Laxmi and Vishnu and Ananda Bazar, the biggest
food market of the world.
this temple the lord of Universe is worshiped
with his elder brother Balabhadra and his younger
sister Suvadra. The name of the lord as Purusottam
(Perfection personified) or as Jagannath ( Lord
of Universe) represents a universality in time
with the familiar fraternity of mankind (vasudeva
Kutumbakam). The lord with his outstretched open
arms held in the posture of an embrace symbolizes
love and friendship.
height of the temple is 65 meters with a fort
like compound down the broad path. which epitomizes
the Kalinga architecture.The holy kitchen of the
temple prepares the 'Mahaprasad' for atleast 10,000
festival of chariots known as the Rath eater,
an annual ritual spreading over the entire summer
and monsoon months, makes Puri attractive and
enjoyable for tourists during this season. In
this festival the three main deities Balaram,
Suvadra, and Jaganath are majestically wheeled
down the broad path.They are taken in the huge
and beautifully caparisoned multiwheeled chariots
to another temple that is 3 kms away. After nine
days return journey is made.