The Jagannath Temple at Puri

The Jagannath Temple, Puri is the pride of Orissa. Jagannath Temple is also known as Sri Mandira and Bada Deula. Jagannath Temple,12th Century architecture.

The Jagannath Temple at Puri.



Orissa is the land of Lord Jagannath. He has reigned over the heart and minds of Oriyas prevailing over traditions, customs, culture and literature; it is His abode that makes Puri a sacred site for devotees all over the world. The Jagannath Temple at Puri is an architectural grandeur, spiritual marvel and the summit of devotion for Orissa. Visited by over 50,000 devotees daily, the estimates range in millions on Rath Yatra, the annual festival of departure of Lord Jagannath from the main Temple. The Temple is massive; its 214 ft high spire can be seen from far away, a powerful and captivating vision with spectacular dominance over rest of the landscape of Puri and enchanting pilgrim towards itself. It is surrounded by walls on four sides each 650 ft long and 20 ft wide, within it a holy city swarming with life and devotion round the clock all over the year.

Lord Jagannath resides in the temple as a trinity with his sister Subhadra and brother Balabhadra; together they represent the pervasive Jagannath cult which dominates the religious life all over Orissa. There are thirteen festivals adhered to and celebrated in the state which exemplifies the unquestioned power of the striking, sublime and powerful image known as Lord Jagannath, anywhere in Orissa, you cannot help but notice him.

The complex is surrounded by thriving and bustling market, the environment suffused with a scent of sweets and an aura of reverence and good spirit. It is indeed a life altering experience to be there and share that overpowering sensation with millions of other lives. Puri is situated at 54 km distance from the state capital of Bhubneswar on National Highway (NH 203) and is connected through East Coast Railway too. The city of Puri has a wonderful beach too, and a visit to this sacred land shall unquestionably be a memorable chapter in your life.


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