The Shree Jagannath Temple of Puri is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a form of Lord Maha Vishnu, located on the eastern coast of India, at Puri in the state of Odisha. The temple is an important pilgrimage destination. The present temple was rebuilt from the 10th century onwards, on the site of an earlier temple, and begun by King Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva, first of the Eastern Ganga dynasty.
The Puri temple is famous for its annual Ratha Yatra, or chariot festival, in which the three principal deities are pulled on huge and elaborately decorated temple cars. These gave their name to the English term Juggernaut. Unlike the stone and metal icons found in most Hindu temples, the image of Jagannath is made of wood and is ceremoniously replaced every twelve or nineteen years by an exact replica.
The temple is sacred to all Hindus and especially in those of the Vaishnava traditions. Many great saints, such as Ramananda and Ramanuja, were closely associated with the temple. Ramanuja established the Emar Mutt near the temple and the Govardhan Mutt, which is the seat of one of the four Shankaracharyas. It is also of particular significance to the followers of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism whose founder Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was attracted to the deity, Jagannath, and lived in Puri for many years.
Attraction: Sri Jagannath Puri Temple, Puri Beach, Sri Jagannath Rath Yatra, Narendra Tenk, Lakshmi Temple, Raghurajpur Artist village, Swargadwar Beach, Vimala Temple, Gunchida Temple, Sudarshan Crafts Museum, Loknath Temple, etc…
Best Time to visit: Mostly to take a trip to Puri is between October and February.
Peak Season: April to June
How to Reach
- By Air: The closest air terminal is Bhubaneswar, 60 km.
- By Rail: Reaching Puri through Rail – Puri is an end on the East Coast Railway having direct express and very quick train joins with New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Okha, Ahmedabad, Tirupati and so forth. Some significant trains are Kolkata (Howrah) Puri Howrah Express, Jagannath Express; New Delhi; Purushottam Express. Khurda Road Station, 44 km, from Puri is a helpful railhead for a train to Chennai and Western India. The station is around one km North of the town. Cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws contend forcefully to get you to a lodging
- By Road: Reaching Puri through Road – The transport remains close to the Gundicha Temple gives associations with Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, administration every 10-15 minutes. Minibusses to Konark leave each 20-30 minutes and furthermore from Jatiababa Chhak. There are immediate transports for Kolkata and Visakhapatnam.