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This holy city is known for the numerous shrines and pristine beaches. Read on to know about various places to see in Puri.

Places to See in Puri

Places to See in PuriOne of the four principal religious centres of the Hindus, Puri is home to the biggest Vishnu temple of the world. This holy city has innumerable shrines and maths (religious centers of learning) and is thronged by devout Hindus throughout the year. The Jagannath temple, Gundicha Ghar temple, Ardhasani temple and the Konark temple are some of the most visited shrines of Puri. This historical city has carefully preserved its heritage since 3rd century BC. Puri is also a favorite destination of global tourists due to its pristine beaches such as the Puri beach and the Swargadwar beach. Besides, the annual Puri Rath Yatra is an occasion when thousands of devotees and tourists come to Puri to be a part of this religious and cultural extravaganza.

Jagannath Temple
Jagannath, meaning the lord of the world, resides in the sacred city of Puri. The temple is actually dedicated to a form of Lord Vishnu (Lord Krishna). Situated on the Nilgiri hills the temple was constructed in the 12th century by Raja Chodaganga Deva. This temple is the principal place of worship for the Hindus and is categorized as one of the four sacred dhams. Standing erect with a height of 65 meters, the Jagannath temple is considered as one of the tallest temples of India. Situated in the heart of the city of Puri, the temple walls are adorned by paintings of Lord Krishna and the pillars, which support the temple, are exquisitely carved with the scenes from life of the Lord.

Gundicha Temple
Gundicha temple or Gundicha Ghar is believed to be the place of residence of Lord Krishna's aunt. Literally meaning a garden house, the temple is revered like the Jagannath temple. According to local custom the Lord along with his brother Balram and sister Subhadra stay at their Aunt's house. Thus during this time the much famous Rath yatra takes place as the Gods and Goddess visit their aunt Gundicha for nine days traveling by a majestic and heavily decorated chariot.

Puri Beach
The soft white sands of this magnificent beach will undoubtedly leave a visitor bewitched by its beauty. Snuggled up along the Bay of Bengal the beach is spread up in several kilometers and is an ideal place for leisurely walks. Witnessing a sunrise or a sunset on the Puri beach is a mesmerizing spectacle which remains etched in the memories of the traveler. The beach is also an ideal place to savor the local street food of Orissa. The entire beach is filled with hawkers who sell coconut water to masala chai and various other delicacies. The Puri beach festival held annually in November is in fact a time when one should ideally be visiting the beach as a host of activities take place during this time and one gets the best of local cuisine.

Swargadwar Beach
According to Hindu mythology the person who breathes his last at this beach finds place in heaven for himself. The beach is also revered as it is believed that saint Chatanyadev a disciple of Lord Vishnu use to bathe at this beach. The sunrise and sunset from this beach is also a spectacle not to be missed.


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