The sea in its various moods, now smoothly rolling, now huge
breakers crashing down upon the shore, the sunrise as well as the sunset in all
its natural splendor is a memorable experience never to be forgotten.
is possibly one of the few religious places which provides the outdoor pleasures
of sea and beaches along with religious piety of ‘darshan’, a sanctified
experience of divine communion and hence draws crowds throughout the year.
temple was built in the twelfth century by the Ganga King
before one enters the city, the spire 214 feet (65 metres) in height becomes
distinctly discernible. The temple complex is 650 feet (20 metres square)
comprising 4 chambers, the deul, the Jagamohana, Natamandir and
surrounded by a wall of 20 feet (6 metres) high. With 6000 temple servers serving
mahaprasad to thousands of people daily. Centred around the principle deity Lord
Jagannath, Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi are also located within the
in smaller temples.The
focal point of Puri is of course the temple and the sea.
Still for those with the
outdoor itch several other interesting visits can be undertaken. They are
generally easily accessible by taxi, autorickshaw and cycle rickshaw and guided
8 kms from Puri, away from the crowds and the bustle, fringed by beautiful
casuarinas trees, Balighai beach, at the mouth of the River Nuanai, is an oft
visited picnic spot. A lovely place to sit and relax.
14 kms from Puri, Raghurajpur is a craftsman’s village famous for patta chitra
or patta paintings. A living tradition followed by skilled craftsmen, it draws its
inspiration from mythological themes, from the stories of the Mahabharata, the
Ramayana, Radha Krishna and Lord Jagannath. Those interested in collecting
souvenirs will come across exquisite pieces and easy bargains.
(Sakshigopal) : Implicit in a visit to the shrine of Lord Sakshigopal only 20 kms
away. However the sacred feet of Shri Radha can only be seen on ‘Anala nawami’
The best time to visit :- The best
time to visit is between October
||The nearest airport is
||Puri connected to important cities Calcutta
, Chennai and
||There is vast network of bus services
connecting to important cities .