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). The
sunny beach at Puri is one of the finest in the world. Watching
the sunrise in a symphony of colours 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 Temple of Lord Jagannath built during the 12th century A.D.
by Chodaganga Deva dominates the landscape
for kilometers around. Being the tallest temple (65 metres) in Orissa,
it is one of the most magnificent pieces of monuments of India.
In front of the main gate stands a 16 sided monolithic pillar (11
metres high), called Aruna Stambha which formally stood in front
of the Sun Temple and was brought to Puri during the 18th century
A.D. Some of the other important temples are Gundicha, Lokanath,
Sunaragauranga, Daria Mahabir and Tota Gopinatt. There are also
a number of holy tanks like Narendra, Markandeya, Sweta Ganga and
Indradyumna. There are many Monasteries locally known as Mathas
also of touristic interest.
The Casuarina fringed Balighai beach is a famous picnic spot. The
Sun and fun at the mouth of the river Nuanai is unforgettable.
Brahmagiri is known for the living shrine of Alarnath. Streams of
pilgrims visit Alarnath during Anabasara of Lord Jagannath. Nearby
is the shrine of Baliharachandi on the solitary sand dunes.
Satyabadi or Sakshigopal is known for the shrine of Lord Sakshigopal.
It is believed that the visit to Puri is incomplete without a visit
to Sakshigopal. The temple is only 2 km away from the main road
leading to Puri and is convenient to visit.
27 km to the south-west of Puri is the temple of Baliharachandi.
Situated on a sandy hill near the sea and adjacent to the mouth
of the river Bhargavi, Goddess Durga is worshipped here as Baliharachandi.
The scenic beauty of this place is ideal for group picnic.
One of the most famous artists village in Orissa, the village of
Raghurajpur boasts not only of the exquisite pattachitra's and talapattachitra's,
but also of being the native place of Guru kelucharan Mohapatra,
the famed Odissi dancer. Even today, under the tutelage of renowned
Guru's, young boys can be seen practicing the Gotipua dance here.
A visit to Orissa would definitely be incomplete without a visit
to this little village.
Satapara, a retreat in nature on Chilika Lake, has been thrown open
to visitors. Its location near the confluence of the Lake with the
Bay of Bengal, and proximity to Puri (52 km), makes it an ideal
spot to enjoy Chilika. The thrilling sight of dolphins round the
year and abundance of migratory and resident birds in winter make
it a preferred place for a vacation with nature.
Fairs and Festivals of the region
Puri offers a plethora of colourful fairs and festivals round the
year. However the Ratha Yatra or Car Festival, Puri Beach Festival,
Ganesh Puja, and Jhulana Jatra are among the more widely celebrated
ones. For more information of Fairs & Festivals, please click
Handicrafts of the Region
Soap Stone, Sea-shell, Pattachitras and Palm Leaf paintings, Horn
work, Wood carvings, and Solapith work can be purchased from Puri.
For details please click here.
By air to Bhubaneswar (Puri is 62 km from Bhubaneswar), road and
General Information & Accomdation info on Puri city of Orissa