PURI TOURISM | JAGANNATH TEMPLE | PLACES TO VISIT & TEMPLES IN PURI
Beach | Pilgrimage
#1 of 3 Places to visit in Orissa | #24 of 100 Places to visit in India
Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days
Nearest City to Puri: Puri, Bhubaneswar (58 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Puri: October to March
Peak Season: November to February
At a distance of 36 km from Konark, 58 km from Bhubaneswar, 82 km from Cuttack, 390 km from Rourkela, 407 km from Jamshedpur, 434 km from Vizag, 495 km from Kolkata, and 522 km from Ranchi, Puri is an ancient temple town situated along the coast of Bay of Bengal in Odisha. Puri is one of the places of original holy Char Dham Yatra of Hinduism and also one of the top places to experience Odisha Tourism.
Earlier called as ShriKhetra, Purushottama Khetra, and Jagannath Puri, Puri is home to the world famous Sri Jagannath Temple. Often referred as the spiritual capital of Odisha, Puri forms the Golden Triangle of Orissa along with Konark and Bhubaneswar. Puri became an important center of pilgrimage with the arrival of Gangas in the 12th century and emerged as one of the centers of Vaishnavism. Anantavarman Chodaganga, one of the powerful rulers of Puri, established the Purushottama Temple and later came to be known as the Jagannath Temple in the 15th century.
According to history, Puri and the Jagannath Temple were invaded 18 times by Hindu and Muslim rulers from 4th century AD till the early 19th century. Puri was declared as the capital of Odisha under the British till 1816 CE. In 1828 CE the whole territory was separated into three regions, Katak, Balasore, and Jagannath Puri. In 1936 CE Odisha was divided from the state of Bihar and Puri was formed in 1948 CE.
Dedicated Lord Vishnu, Lord Jagannath Temple is one of the prime places to visit in Puri and is a sacred place for the Hindus. Besides Jaganath Mandir, Puri has so many tourist attractions like Puri Beach, Gundicha Temple, Lokanath Temple, Alarnath Temple, Bedi Hanuman Temple, Pipili, Raghurajpur and Chilika Lake & Sanctuary.
Biju Patnaik Airport, Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport which is about 59 km from Puri. It has direct flights from Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Puri Junction is well connected by trains with Patna, Rourkela, Mumbai, Bikaner, Howrah, Cuttack, Tirupati, Guwahati, Okha, Bangalore, Haridwar, New Delhi, Sambalpur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Ajmer, and Shirdi. Puri is well connected by bus with Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Rourkela, Cuttack and Vizag. Bhubaneswar is the nearest major bus station to Puri.
Puri is famous for its annual festival of Chariots, the 'Ratha Yatra', which is held during the month of June /July and has been attracting pilgrims and tourists for centuries. It is the sacred journey of Lord Jagannath with brother Balabhadra & sister Subhadra from the main Jagannath Temple to Gundicha Mandir for nine days.
The best time to visit Puri is from November to February. Being a coastal town, Puri has extreme weather conditions in summer while in monsoons the city witnesses medium to heavy rainfall. Winter climate is pleasant and is suitable for sightseeing.
Jagannath Temple will be closed for 15 days in the month of June/July every year after 'Snana Yatra'.