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Puri is popular for its wonderful sea-beach and the famous Sri Jagannath Temple. The weather at this part is comfortable all through the year because of the soothing effect of the Bay of Bengal.

Puri, known as "Shreekshetra or Sri Purusottama Dham" in scriptures, is inter-nationally famous for the temple of Lord Jagannath. One of the four celebrated religious centers of India, Puri, the abode of Lord Jagannath needs no introduction. According to tradition Puri was once a thickly wooded hill inhabited by the Sabaras (Pre-Aryan and Pre-Dravidian tribes of the Austric linguistic family).

Shree Jagannath - Legend of the Lord:

Legendary account as found in the Skanda-Purana, Brahma Purana and other Puranas and later Oriya works state that Lord Jagannath was originally worshipped as Neela madhab by a Savar king (tribal chief) named Viswavasu. Having heard about the deity , King Indradyumna sent a Brahmin priest, Vidyapati to locate the deity, who was worshipped secretly in a dense forest by Viswavasu. Vidyapati tried his best but could not locate the place. But at last he managed to marry Viswavasu's daughter Lalita. At repeated request of Vidyapti, Viswavasu took his son-in-law blind folded to a cave where Neelamadhab was worshipped.

Vidyapati was very intelligent. He dropped mustard seeds on the ground on the way. The seeds germinated after a few days, which enabled him to find out the cave later on. On hearing from him, king Indradyumna proceeded immediately to Odra Desha (Orissa) on a pilgrimage to see and worship the Deity. But the deity

had disappeared .The king was disappointed .The Deity was hidden in sand.

The king was determined not to return without having a darshan of the deity and observed fast unto death at Mount Neela, Then a celestial voice cried 'thou shalt see him '. Afterwards the king performed a horse sacrifice and built a magnificent temple for Vishnu. Narasingha Murti brought by Narada was installed in the temple. During sleep, the king had a vision of Lord Jagannath.

Also an astral voice directed him to receive the fragrant tree on the seashore and make idols out of it. Accordingly the king got the image of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Chakra Sudarshan Made out of the wood of the said tree and installed them in the temple.

Lord Jagannath Temple:

The famous Puri Temple, built during the 12th Century A.D., is one of the finest forms of ancient Indian architecture with all its finesse and glory. This is the abode of Lord Jagannath- the Lord of the Universe, Balaram and Shubhadra.

The temple premises are spread over an area of more
than ten acres and the main temple is surrounded by innumerable smaller temples. Nilachakra (the blue disc made of an alloy of eigh t metals) is positioned on the top of the temple. You’d be surprised to know that the kitchen of Lord Jagannath temple is the largest kitchen in the world. Every day up to 25,000 devotees take the food, called Mahaprasad, prepared in this kitchen and during festive days, the number increases to 1,00,000.

Location: The temple is located in the heart of the sea shore town of Puri. It has great religious tradition as well as architectural significance. The main temple is 65m (214 ft.) high and is built on a raised platform approachable by a flight of 22 steps. This gives you a posing impression as you first come within the sight of the temple.


The Roth Yatra or the car festival draws lakhs of pilgrims and tourists to Puri every year. Internationally famous festival of Lord Jagannath is the car festival, performed from the second day of the bright fortnight of Asadha (June-July). The three deities come out of the temple in a spectacular procession called Pahandi.The three Chariots of Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannath are constructed each year with Sal wood, customarily brought from the ex-princely State of Dasapalla, by a specialist team of carpenters who have hereditary rights for this. Lord Jagannath's Chariot is called Nandighosa. It is forty-five feet square at the wheel level. It has sixteen wheels, each of seven feet diameters, and is decked with red and yellow coverings of cloth.

The Chariot of Lord Balabhadra, called the Taladhwaja, has fourteen wheels, each of seven feet diameter,

and is covered with red and blue cloth. Its height is forty-four feet. The Chariot of Subhadra, known as Darpadalan is forty-three feet high with twelve wheels, each of seven feet diameters. This Chariot is decked with the coverings of red and black cloth. Around each of the Chariots are nine Parsvadevatas, the guardian deities, and four horses. Each chariot has a Charioteer called Sarathi, Matali, Darruka and Arjuna are the three charioteers attached respectively to the three Chariots of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra.

Puri Beach:

The sunny beach at Puri is one of the finest in the world. Watching the sunrise in a symphony of colors is a wonderful experience. It is one of the most popular sea-side resorts where visitors from any part of the globe can comfortably relax.

The fine white sands of Puri beach and the roar of the
breakers rolling in from the Bay of Bengal have fascinated visitors throughout the ages.

Beach Fun: The local fishermen, with their catamarans and wide brimmed cane hats are welcomed by tourists for they not only provide you with a ride on their boats but also act as lifeguards if you wish. And yes, they are also expert masseurs. With excellent beach facing hotels and guest houses, the Puri beach is an ideal holiday spot where you can easily spend a lot of time.

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