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Jagannath Puri

 

Jagannath-puri

 

Puri is the holy city of Orissa. The city of Puri has been the epicenter of many religious happenings since from its origin. The history of Puri goes beyond 7th or 8th century. Philosophers like Adi Shankaracharya, Vishnu Swami, Nibarak and Madhavacharya after being fascinated by the ambience of Puri has set up their monasteries or mathas here. The Vaisnavism was first preached in Puri by its founder Narasimha Muni in the 13th century. The city is called the Swargdwar or the gateway to heavens.

 

The construction of the famous Jagannath Temple of Puri was initially started by the Somavamsi King Yayati and was continued and modified by the Ganga ruler Anantavarman Chodaganga Dev after being finally completed by King Ananga Bhima Deva in 1174 CE. The city has since been called Yamanika Tirtha or the pious city where the powers of death god being curtailed because of the presence of one of the incarnations of lord vishnu; Lord Jagannath. In Puri Jagannath temple, today Lord Jagannath is worshipped along with this elder brother Lord Balbhadra and Sister Goddess Shubadra. This temple has been considered as of immense significance as per many Hindu traditons and this makes it one of the four shrines or Char Dhams that a Hindu must visit during his lifetime. The idols of the Gods of this shrine is constituted of the neem logs and these idols are believed to be existing even before the temple was built. The entrance of this temple are named after the animals, the main entrance being called the Singhdwara or the lion gate, the other ones being the Hathidwara or the elephant gate, Vyaghradwara the tiger gate and the Ashwadwara or the horse gate.

 

The Ratha yatra associtaed with this temple marks the grand journey of the Gods to the dwelling of Queen Gundicha known as the Gundicha temple. Every year during the month of June or July based on the Hindi calender the date for the Rath Yatra is decided. Millions of devotees comes out for the holy glimpse of darshanam of the gods as they come out of their abode on this special day to see those devotees who are otherwise not allowed inside the temple. Three immensly decorated chariots are buit every year for each god. The preparation of this grand rath yatra of Puri begins months before on the Akshaya Tritiya day when the chariots are starteed being built and the Gods are taken for sandlewood paste or chandan yatra.

 

The long clean beach of Puri attracts tourist from all corners of the world and has contributed towards the emergence of Puri as once of the most exquisite beach resort in puri. The sparkling sands, the mighty waves and the serene of Puri attracts tourists of all age groups and likes. It is one of the favourite destination for the honeymoners and couples.

 

Hotels in Puri have been designed to match the tastes of all the tourists. While the exclusively designed resorts takes care of your adventourous spirits, the hotels serving only veg foods and designed to attract the piligrims might suit the needs of those going to Puri for religious visit.

 

Puri Beach Festival takes you to the journey of the glorified lanes of cultural heritage of Orissa.With the classical and folk dances,the sand sculptors, the cultural events, the authentic Oriya cusines, rock concerts, beach parties,fashion shows and along with the majestic Jagannath Temple at its back, the carnival beautifully introduces you to all the shades of Orrissa. shells and conches offers excellent art work for your walls, while the music on the shores of the sea rejuvinates your soul.

 

How to reach Puri:

 

By air: The nearest airport is Bhubaneshwar

By Rail: Puri is an important junction of the Indian railways and is connected with all the metros of India with superfast trains.

By Road: A netowrk of state highways connects Puri to rest of Orissa and its proximity to the state capital Bhubaneswar makes it easily asscessible by rest of India through roads.

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