Puri, the city by the sea, is a major pilgrim centre in India.
Adi Shankara founded one of the Peethas here. Puri is also famous
for its Golden Beach, ideal for swimming and surfing.
But the fame of Puri emanates most from the Jagannath Temple.
This 12th century temple is known for its annual Rath Yatra or
Car Festival. Within its precincts are the smaller temples of
Vimala, Lakshmi, Vishnu and innumerable Gods and Goddesses and
the Ananda Bazar, the world's biggest food market. Gundicha Ghar
is a small sanctum about 2 km from the main temple, where the
idols are teken during Rath Yatra for a week's sojourn. On the
outskirts of the city is Shri Lokanath, an honoured shrine of
The grand road called Bada Danda is a shoppers's delight. It
offers typical Puri handicrafts like miniature stone sculptures,
wood carvings, sea-shell items, patta-paintings on cloth and
applique work. Shoppers have another avenue at Swargadwara at
the southern end of the beach. The Atharnala Bridge near Puri
spans seven centuries. Built in the 13th century A.D. this
engineering marvel over the Madhupur stream is still in use.
Talking of beaches, never miss the Balighai. This is an estuary
of the river Nuanai, 8 km north of Puri. A famous picnic spot,
it abounds in deer and colourful birds.
Brahmagiri, 25 km from Puri, is known for the Alaranath shrine.
The Baliharachandi shrine is nearby. Only 27 km from Brahmagiri
is Satpada, an ideal place to enjoy Chilika and to have a glimpse
of cavorting Dolphins. The Sakshigopal Temple, with a life-size
image of Lord Krishna and the Artists village, Raghurajpur are
25 km and 15 km respectively from Puri.
How to Reach: -Puri is 60 km from Bhubaneswar by road and 35 km from
Konark on Marine Drive. It has direct trains from Calcutta, New
Delhi, Tirupati and Ahmedabad.
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