The heart of Puri, Shree Jagannath temple , dedicated to Jagannath (a form of Vishnu) was built in 12th century by the first of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty, King Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva.
With the Immense beauty in its Kalinga architechture, the Puri temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra, the journey of chariots. It is the largest and most visited rath Yatra in the entire world attracting a large crowd every year
The triads are usually worshipped in the sanctum of the temple but once during the rainy season of Odisha or usually in the month of June- July, the three huge chariots bearing the idols of Shree Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra, are brought on to the Bada Danda (the main street of Puri) to their final destination, the Shri Gundicha Temple for general public to have Darshan (holy view). The long and huge wooden structured chariots are built and pulled by devotees as a sign of their trust, love and dedication for Jagannath.
The most significant ritual associated with the Ratha-Yatra is the Chhera pahara; In ths rituals the Gajapati, (King of King) will cleanse all the three chariot. Here, it gives the message that near the lord no one is superior, so the king will do the work of a sweeper.
He uses, broom with golden handle and stick. With utmost devotion sandalwood water sprinkles by another person before the king starts.
Best Time to Visit Puri
Months ranging from October to February are ideal for a viist to Puri, as the climate is cool, pleasant and soothing and it hosts maximum number of visitors during this time. But not to forget the Ratha-Yatra takes place near June-July and that’s the holiest thing you’ll see there.
Food and Accomodation…
Shree Jagannath temple has many sweet shops and restaurant to have a complete experience. Also, there are many good restaurants serving taste-rich thali’s around the Grand Road . Make sure you don’t miss out on Bhaangg sherbet to explore the local specialities in Puri, but take that at your own risk.
You can choose your stay either in the grand road which is nearer to the temple or you can choose to have a sea view location near the sea beach. Ranging from 500-5,000 per night you can spend per night for accommodation purpose.
The shore of Bay of Bangal, the Puri beach or often referred as the Golden beach is the city of Puri in Odisha, India. It was awarded the prestigious “Blue Flag” tag on October 11, 2020 by the Foundation of Environment Education ( FEE) Denmark.
A year-long tourist attraction, the beach is the site of the annual Puri beach festival. The beach hosts sand art displays, including work by international award-wining local sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik and more. There are shops of Odisha handlooms and culturally rich crafts to explore.
Puri beach is not far from the railway station, but just at a distance 2 km.Everyday around 20-25 trains are running in between Puri to Bhubaneswr. The first one leaves from Puri at 6 AM and last train leaves at 10:30 PM in night. Similarly, the first train reaches Puri around 3:30 and last train reaches Puri 11:00 PM.
The nearest airport is located at Bhubaneswar which is 60 Km away. Buses and Taxis are all available 24*7 for local transportation.
Who wouldn’t like a little peace with a pleasant view? Well, this beach offers just the same. Unlike other beaches in the country, it’s safer, cleanly -maintained and less crowded. The safest beach as it does not face high tide and undercurrent very often.
Let’s talk about food
How a relaxing beach with freshly grilled seafood does sounds? Exactly, there are several shacks along the beach selling fried and grilled seafood like prawns, crabs or even vegetable pakodas. Experiencing with Puri is a complete package.
In case if you want to have Mahaprasad(Food offered inside the temple) you can have it or else if you taste the sea food which is the speciality near Puri beach.
As this is the first blog of our website, we have tried to touch all the aspect of Puri. IN the coming blogs I will explore individual entity of Puri. If you want to know the mysterious things related to Shree Mandira (Jagannath Temple)which you haven’t heard then this is the right place to explore.
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