October 9, 2014


Site Name: Puri
Site Type: Hindu Religious Site 
Location:  60 kms from Bhubaneshwar, Odisha state, India
Highlights: The popular Jagannath Temple is located here
Nearest Railway Station: Puri
Nearest Airport: Bhubaneshwar
How to reach: Well connected by road and rail 
Hotel: A lot of options including low cost hotels/ashrams and free accommodations 
Restaurants: Varieties of options

Puri is a religious and sacred town for Hindus located at a distance of around 60 kms from Bhubaneswar in Odisha state of India. It is an important pilgrimage for Hindus. The town is popular mainly because of the Jagannath temple located here and the internationally famous Rath Yatra. Let us explore the important sites of Puri in this article.

Jagannath Temple:

Puri Jagannath Temple is the most popular temple in Puri. In fact, it is one of the most popular temples in the entire country (India). Although as per the legend and other records, the temple must be much older, as per the historical records the current structure of the temple was built by the Ganga Kings in the 12th century CE. The temple is built as per the Kalinga type of temple architecture. 

The main deities of the temple are Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra. The sanctum sanctorum also enshrines Madhava, Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi. This gigantic temple also has the shrines of Lakshmi, Surya, Narasimha, Revati, Vimala, Kanchi Ganesh, Kasi Vishwanath and Bhubaneswari.

Gundhicha Temple:

Gundicha Temple is also called as the garden house of Jagannath. During the days of Rath Yatra festival, the deities are kept in this temple. Otherwise, this temple which is located in the middle of the beautiful garden remains empty.

Nearby, there is a temple dedicated to Narasimha. There is a famous temple called Tota Gopinath temple. There is a temple located in an island surrounded by a big tank called as Narendra Sarovar temple.

Happy travelling.

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