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The Temple town of Puri of Eastern Indian State Odisha houses temple of Lord Jagannath, one among the pious dhams of Hindu faith. Behold the magnificent creation of the Lord! He has shaped a body which perishes but not the soul. He has mandated that Atma has no death. In the analogy of his divine truth, his own wooden idol too can not escape this transformation.
Puri on destination focus
Puri and its adjacent places of tourist interests are the major destinations for the tourists visiting to State of Odisha. From the country and abroad lakhs of devotees and tourist to throng the Puri town every year. The city one of the oldest religious destination of the country from time immemorial houses several places of religious interest. Several temples other than that of Lord Jagannath, maths, ponds and many more are worth visiting once you are in Puri.
The present temple was built in the 12th century atop its ruins by the progenitor of the Eastern Ganga dynasty, King Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva, history reveals.
Devotees of Jagannath cult believe Shri Shri Jagannath Mahaprabhu, Lord of the Universe is the supreme solace and saviour of countless devotees around the world. since time immemorial, his monumental and magnificent Shrine at Shri Purusottam-Kshetra, Puri in Odisha is one of the four major Dhamas of India has been a most sacred centre of pilgrimage and worship symbolising and uploading one of the greatest spiritual and cultural heritages of the world.
This is the temple where Lords come for their 10 days sojourn during Rath Yatra. Though this temple can be visited in any days, the importance of temple goes up during stay of Lords. Hindus believe to have darshan of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra in Adap Mandap is very auspicuiopus. While the Grand Jabannath temple is sitiatyed in one end of the grand road in the other end Gundicha temple is there. Adjecent to temple open space is called Saradha Bali. Devotees touch the sands and feel the religious bliss.
Loknath Temple is one of the most well known places of interest in the town of Puri that houses Lord Shiv. While Lord Jagannath is incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Puri city though is identified with him, religious experts say withoiuy darshan of Maheswar the Shiva, Bishnu darshan benefits remains unfulfilled.
Sonar Gouranga Temple
The Daria Hanuman and Sonar Gouranga Temple is one of the most well known attractions for the tourists who often visit the Puri town to spend a vacation in leisure. There are many well known temples in this part of the subcontinent of India.
The idol of Lord Krishan is worshiped here. During the trip of Sri Chaitnya this temple is beloved to be developed. Sri Chaitnyaan ardent devotee of Lord Krishna worshiped Lord Jagannath as incarnation of Lord Krishna.
The Sunara Gouranga Temple people offer prayers in the serene ambiance and atmosphere maintained within.
Ardhasani Temple, Puri is one of the most well known attractions for the tourists in the town. The main structure of the temple is not very big. The temple is completely whitewashed. It is located at a distance of only 3 kms away from the Jagannath Temple, which is another very important temple of the region. more...
Mathas in Puri
There are a number of maths in Puri, which are quite popular among the visitors to the town. Each of the maths at Puri has an individual character and holds a lot of importance to the people of the Hindu community who have got a religious affinity. Many of the maths have direct and indirect relations with temple rituals.
The Suna Goswami Math
The math has connections with rituals of Lord Jagannath temple. During the time of Snana Purnima, the Suna Goswami Math arranges for 'adhibas jala' from the Sitala well.
On Chandan Yatra, the math makes and distributes many types of beautiful ornaments made out of colorful flowers like Chausara and Alaka, which add to the celebration of the festival.
Similarly on Agni Utsava, the temple makes arrangements for making a special type of bhoga called the 'panti bhoga' to the mythical Dola Gobinda.
Bauli Matha at Puri is treated like a Gurudwara by the Sikh devotees who visit the place. The Granth Saheb is kept there and prayers are offered to Guru Nanak Dev who had visited the place. It is said that when Guru Nanak Dev visited Jagannath Temple, he rested at this place for sometime.
It was during his stay here when Guru Nanak Dev dug a well which is known as Dedhasur Bhai Bohu Kua. Devotees visit this place throughout the year to worship this well and pray to Guru Nanak Dev.
People of the Kakatpur village perform the Nabakalebar
ceremony at Bauli Matha in Puri.
Once in Puri one must pay a visit to this calm and quiet place. One can also go out for picnic or stroll around the sandy beach located beside Bauli Matha.
Jagannath Ballav Math
The Jagannath Ballav Math is one of the most reputed maths of the temple city.
The Jagannath Ballav Math of Puri is actually a monastery. This monastery has been put up to pay homage to the famous personality of Ray Ramananda. Ray rose to fame as one of the most renowned saints of the state of Odisha in the 16th Century.
Lord Hanuman, the main deity of the temple of the Jagannath Ballav Math. A beautiful garden has been created at the back of the monastery. This garden houses a beautiful Lord Hanuman Temple. Images of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra are carried to the gardens of the Jagannath Ballav Math in Puri on different auspicious occasions like Basanta Panchami.
The Govardhan Math
The Govardhan Math of Puri was built around 1000 years ago in the 9th century. Sankaracharya, an incarnation of Lord Shiva, established this math.
Shankaracharya established 4 Maths (chardham) to unite the different groups of sanyasis. The Govardhana Math shares this honor with the Shringeri Math in Shringeri, the Charade Math in Dwaraka and Jyotir Math in Badrinath.
The person who is in charge of this Math is given the title of Sankaracharya. This person also holds the position of the 'nayak' or the head of the Muktimandap in the Jagannath temple. Muktimandap is final authority on interpretation of religious scriptures and rituals of Jagannath temple.
The Atharnala Bridge of Puri was put up as early as in the 13th century. This bridge was constructed over a water body that devides Puri from other side of the road.
This bridge is situated at the entry point of the town of Puri. Other than the historical importance of the structure, the visitors to the town also come to view the architectural expertise exhibited by the Atharnala Bridge.
Puri Sea Beach
This is counted amongst the most beautiful beaches in India. The beach is visited by lakhs of tourists every year.
Situated in the Bay of Bengal, the beach at Puri gives a spectacular sight of the sunrise and sunset. One can also take a holy dip or swim in the sea, stroll around the sandy beach or engage oneself into any other activity.
If after death one’s body is cremated in Swargadwara the persons attains salvation. Odish’a famous crematorium Swargadwara is seen with number of dead bodies being carried and cremated.
This is the traditional place where royal family of Puri lives since generations. This palace has direct relations towards temple rituals. During world famous Ratha Yatra, King comes out of the palace goes to the gigantic chariots and performs brooming ritual (Chera Pahanhra). Situated in the Grand Road, it is one the way to 12th century Jagannath Temple.
How to reach:
Nearest airport is Biju Pattnaik International Airport at Bhubaneswar.
There are several trains connecting from all places of the country to Puri.
Connected with the State Capital Bhubaneswar with wide four-laned National Highway at a distance of 60 Kms.
What To See:
Puri Sea Beach
, Gundicha Temple
, Loknath Temple
, Sonara Gouranga Temple
, Ardhasani Temple
, The Suna Goswami Math
, Bauli Matha
, Jagannath Ballav Math
, The Govardhan Math
, Atharnala Bridge
, Chandrabhaga Beach