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Puri Travels & ToursPuri is the holiest place in Orissa and one of the biggest pilgrimage centres in India. It is known for its cult and Jagannath, originating in the times when the people of Orissa worshipped trees and hence the practice of carving his image in wood. The climax of Jagannath worship is the Rath Yatra festival celebrated every year in June-July at Jagannath Temple, since the 10th Century. The beach at Puri is one of the best in India, though the sea can be very rough with giant waves and strong and erratic currents. However, the exotic blend of golden sunshine, miles of idyllic yellow sand, blue waves and the white surf make Puri a worthwhile destination.

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The Temple of Lord Jagannath built during the 12th century A.D. by Chodaganga Deva dominates the landscape for kilometers around. Being the tallest temple (65 metres) in Orissa, it is one of the most magnificent pieces of monuments of India. In front of the main gate stands a 16 sided monolithic pillar (11 metres high), called Aruna Stambha which formally stood in front of the Sun Temple and was brought to Puri during the 18th century A.D. Some of the other important temples are Gundicha, Lokanath, Sunaragauranga, Daria Mahabir and Tota Gopinatt. There are also a number of holy tanks like Narendra, Markandeya, Sweta Ganga and Indradyumna. There are many Monasteries locally known as Mathas also of touristic interest.

Jagannatha Temple, Puri Tour PackagesJagannath Temple

Long before one reaches Puri, the 214 feet spire of the temple can be seen towering over the countryside. This visual dominance is symbolic of the influence which the temple commands over almost every aspect of life in Puri. Just before the gate stands an opulent 16 sided monolithic pillar measuring 11 meters in height, Arunastambh; architectural zenith with exquisite carvings which was brought here from Konark in the 18th century.

The Swargadwar

On the seashore to the south of the temple, Swargadwar is a sacred spot where a dip in the sea is believed to give eternal salvation. According to ancient scriptures, the Brahmadaru, from which the three main deities of the Jagannath temple are carved out, floated to the beach at Swargadwar. Moreover this place still resonates to the footsteps of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, harbinger of Vaishnav sect, who spent so much time here with his intimate associates.

The Puri Beach

The Puri Beach is one of the most sought after beaches in India and is an indispensable part of the city. The abode of Lord Jagannath attracts millions of tourists round the year who come here to take a holy bath, which they believe is a golden path to Moksha or Eternal salvation.

Atharnala Bridge

Built in the 13th century, this 88 mt long bridge is situated at the entrance to the city. Stretched over 18 spans and built of laterite and sandstone, this site is also very popular among devotees where they extend their respect, with folded hands to the bridge and the temple.

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