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Puri  Dham - The Holy City

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Puri, the city by the sea, on the coast of the Bay Bengal is a major pilgrim centre in India Life in the sea side city of Puri revolves around the temple of Lord Jagannath . Puri is the hallowed seat of the Hindu religious deities Lord Jagannath (the Lord of Universe), Subhadra and Balabhadra. One of the 4 dhams venerated by most Hindus, it is one of their most sacred places if pilgrimage, which has withstood the vagaries of nature and changing times.

Puri, situated on the shores is also a city of outdoors, of lovely beaches, golden sands and gentle sunshine, tempting enough to invite visitors, both Indian and foreign, throughout the year. 

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. 

It 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. 

Places of Interest 

Jagannath Temple  

The temple was built in the twelfth century by the Ganga King Chodagangadeva. Even 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 Bhogamandir, 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 temple precints 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 tours.


Balighai  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.  


Only 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. 

Satyabadi (Sakshigopal)

Satyabadi (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’ day.  

The best time to visit :-  The best time to visit is between October to March

How To Get There Puri is located in Orissa
By Air  
The nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar (62 kms)
By Train 
Puri connected to important cities Calcutta , Chennai and Delhi  
By Road 
There is vast network of bus services connecting to important cities .

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