World Famous for Lord Jagannath: Puri Jagannath Temple

The Jagannath Temple of Puri is dedicated to Lord Jagannath. . It is one of the char dham pilgrimage site for Hindus. The Jagannath temple was built in the 11th century during the era of the Eastern Ganga dynasty’s King Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva.

Rath Yatra of Puri Jagannath temple is world famous. Other religion people or the Non-Hindu is not allowed inside the temple. The Prasad of this temple known as ABADHA is also famous and the dining in the temple known as Anand Bazaar is also famous.

According to ritual it is said that the chakra and flags at the top shikhara of Puri temple denotes that Jagannath is within the building. One of the grandest events associated with the Lord Jagannath is Naba Kalabera which takes place when one lunar month of Ashadha is followed by another lunar month of Aashadha.

Things one must explore inside the Jagannath temple

Nila Chakra is a disc made up of eight types of alloys.

Singhadwara showing the Lion sculptures with the Aruna Stambha Pillar in the foreground. The Singahdwara is the Main entrance of the temple.

Bimala Temple marks the spot where the Goddess Sati’s feet fell. Until food offered to Jagannath is offered to Goddess Vimala it is not considered Mahaprasad in Jagannath temple.

Temple of Mahalakshmi has an important role in rituals of the main temple. It is said that the offering for Jagannath is supervised by Mahalakshmi.

Kanchi Ganesh Temple is dedicated to Uchchhishta Ganapati. History says in ancient times gifted the idol, when Gajapati Purushottama Deva married Padmavati, the kanchi princess.

Mukti Mandapa the place where important decisions regarding conduct of daily worship and festivals are taken.

Dola Mandapa the place where during the festival the idol of Dologobinda is placed on the swing.

Snana Bedi is a stone platform where idols of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are placed during the annual Snana Yatra.

Other Place of Attraction Near to Puri Jagannath Temple

Sun temple of Konark: It is counted among 7 wonders of India. The temple is located near the river Chandrabhaga.

Chilika Lake: Queen of natural beauty, Chilika Lake is a brackish water lagoon in Odisha.

Pipili: Pipili is well known for the appliqué handicraft. This handicraft is the livelihood of maximum family in Pipili.

Raghurajpur: This place is famous for Pattachitra Paintings.

How to reach?

By flight– The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar, about 60 km away from where one can get taxis, trains and buses to reach at Puri.

By train– The nearest railway stations is at Puri railway station. It located at the heart of the city.

By road– Many buses go from Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to Puri throughout the day.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the temple is the winter months from November to February are the best time to visit as the weather is at its  best.