Destination Guide India > Puri
DESTINATION GUIDE INDIA - PURI
One of the four
celebrated religious centers of India, Puri, the abode of Lord
Jagannath, is also a very popular beach resort. It is the
headquarters of the distict Puri.
The reigning deity of the city, Lord Jagannath, whose temple
was built way back in the 12th century, is not only of great
religious significance to the people of Orissa but is revered
by thousands of pilgrims who seek His blessings from every
part of the country. This intense veneration of Jagannath, or
the Lord of the Universe, reaches its zenith during the annual
rites of the Rath Yatra in the months of June July, when the
images of Lord Jagannath, His sister Subhadra and brother
Balbhadra are transported through the Grand Road (Bada Danda)
of Puri in traditionally decorated massive chariots that are
dragged by thousands of devotees to the Gundicha Ghar where
they sojourn for a week. The process is repeated when they are
returned amidst intense religious fervor to the temple. Though
the temple is closed to non-Hindus, the activities of the
Jagannath Temple are so immense that they create enough colour
and interest for tourists to participate in the bazar element
of the proceedings outside the temple precincts.
ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES - PURI
JAGANNATH TEMPLE: Built
during the 12th century AD, this is the tallest
temple (65 m) in Orissa. Within its precincts are the smaller
temples of Vimala, Lakshmi, Vishnu and innumerable goods and
goddesses and the Ananda Bazar, the world’s biggest food
market. On the outskirts of the city is Sri Lokanath, an
honoured shrine of Lord Shiva.
BADA DANDA : This is a
shopper’s delight, offering typical Puri handicrafts.
Atharnala Bridge near Puri spans seven centuries – built in
the 13th century AD. This engineering marvel over
the Madhupur stream is still in use.
CHILIKA LAKE :
is the largest lake of the country. Surrounded by natural
beauty, this is a bird sanctuary of several types of migratory
birds. One of the many rocky islands inside the lake is
Kalijai, with a temple for Goddess Kalijai. A Naval Training
Centre is also situated here. One can view cavorting dolphins
at the Chilika Lake.
RAMACHANDI : This is
beautiful picnic spot, on the banks of the river Kushabadra
with a temple of Goddess Ramachandi.
(40 km) : This is the famous Sun Temple, the crowning glory of
Orissan temple arch
Built in the 13th Century in Kalinga style, the
entire temple was designed in the shape of a colossal chariot,
carrying Sun God, Surya,
pulled by seven horses.
(40 km) : Situated on the Prachi valley, Kakatpur is famous
for the Temples of goddess Mangala and Banadurga.
RAGHURAJPUR (10 km) It is
the artist's village famous for its Chitra paintings. The
paintings are done on specially prepared cotton cloth which is
coated with a mixture of gum and chalk and polished before
natural colours are applied. The Patta Chitra art is
originally inspired by religious themes as these Pattas were
affixed to the sheltering screen behind whic
Lord Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhadra rested.
HOW TO REACH -
» By Air -
» By Rail - Puri is well linked by super fast trains to
» By Road -
Puri is approachable by road from Bhubaneshwar 62 kms. All
weather motorable roads connect Puri to different parts of the
state and that of the neighbouring States. Regular bus
services operate between Puri and Calcutta, Raipur, Ranchi,
Visakhapatnam and Durgapur .