Puri, the temple town of India is famous for its Jagannath temple. People pay their respect to this temple town for being one of the holiest towns for Hindus.
Tourist Attractions in Puri-
- Jagannath Temple- One of the most important temple for Hindu’s.
- Puri beach- The beach is famous for its pure golden sand and sand art which internationally acclaimed artist display on this beach.
- Konark sun temple- The chariot temple of India falls on the way from Bhubaneshwar to Puri.
- Markandeshwar temple- A temple dedicated to Lord shiva in his dancing form (Natraja).
Shopping in Puri-
- Grand road/ Bada Danda- This market right in front of the temple offers numerous shops selling holy items like rudraksha seeds, Sandalwood beads, idols and some souvenirs.
- Sea Beach market- Seas-shells jewellery, Handloom products and other decorative items.
How to Reach Puri –
- Nearest airport is Bhubaneshwar (60kms- 1hour 15minutes)
- Railway station- Puri has its own Railway station. (10mins from city center)
- Pondicherry is well connected by road with major cities in Northern and Eastern India.
Best time to visit Puri-
- October to February. (Winter Season)
Wanderer’s Eye Tips-
- Be ware of the bandits who loot people in the name of God. A local guide would be a better option than pretend to be priests.
- A visit to Puri beach is must. Ask the local guide for any sand art is going on and get amazed by the ease with which these artists play with the sand.
- Go empty stomach inside the temple and experience the miracle as you come out.
Climate of Puri-
- Summers extend from March to June and temperature ranges from 31℃ to 44℃.
- Monsoon extends from July with heavy showers extending till October. (avg raingall-60 inches)
- Winters extend from November to March are moderately cold with temperature ranging from 17℃ to 35℃.
History of Puri-
- Importance of the holy city of Puri has been mentioned in the Rigveda by the name of Purushamandama-Gram meaning the place where creator of the world offered Vedic prayers.
- Sri Adi Shankaracharya visited Puri in 810AD there after he named it a Char dham place.
- The town and temple of Puri was invaded 18times by the Mughals but none of the invasion’s idols could be touched by the invaders.
- Puri was once the summer capital of Britishers.
Culture of Puri-
- People- As per 2011 census, the population of Puri is 2.01Lakh. The locals are mostly Hindu’s followed by Muslims and Christians.
- Languages- Odia is the official language of Puri. Hindi and Bengali are also commonly used by the locals. The people catering to tourists can speak English.
- Festivals- 14 major festivals are celebrated with great pomp in Puri. Rath yatra out of them is the most famous in which 3 chariots carry the idols outside the temple and millions of people take part in it.
- Art- Puri is said to be the birth place of Odissi dance. International sand artists visit puri to display to display their art work on the beach.
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