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Top attractions of Puri, Orissa

Top attractions of Puri, Orissa

Puri, the holy land of Jagannatha, is situated along the coast of the Bay of Bengal in the state of Orissa. Puri is a unique combination of both religious and sightseeing places. One of the sacred ‘Char Dham’ pilgrimage places, Puri is dedicated to great Lord Jagannatha. Puri is blessed with numerous old temples carrying great religious, historical, and architectural value. Tourists try to visit Puri during its RathaYatra festival (Chariot festival) which is very vibrant, celebrated with immense joy and enthusiasm. The picturesque beaches of Puri also attract tourists, famous for its Sand art, applique art, stone and wood carvings, and Pattachitra paintings.

Let us tell our readers about the Top Tourist Places to visit in & Around Puri

  • Sri Jagannath Puri Temple 

Constructed in the 11th century by King Indradyumna, Puri Jagannath Temple is a part of the sacred Char Dham pilgrimage sites. It is built on a high pedestal and is protected with four beautifully carved gates. The architecture of the temple is splendid. 

The delicious Mahaprasad of the temple should not be missed by the devotees. The annual vibrant religious festival, Rath Yatra, is celebrated with immense joy and energy. Tourists from miles visit Puri during this time to get the blessings of Lord Jagannath. 

Jagannath Puri temple should be a must-visit place on your bucket list, You will be overwhelmed with its magnificent architecture, colorful ambiance, delicious food, and the dedication of the devotees towards God.

  • Puri Beach

Embellished with fine golden sand and rushing waves, Puri Beach is quite famous for its peaceful and calm surroundings. Since it is situated very close to Jagannath Temple, a large number of visitors come to enjoy the scenic beach and also to take a purification dip in the holy water, throughout the year. There is infinite accommodation available near the beach.

  • Chilika Lake

Among the best tourist destinations in the state, Chilika Lake is Asia’s largest salty water lagoon at the tip of Daya River that flows into the Bay of Bengal.  One can enjoy the beauty of the flocks of chirping migratory birds during the winter season. Tourists also enjoy here boating, fishing, and dolphins’ dance. So you must explore this beautiful spot.

  • Markandeswara Temple

Constructed during the 13th century, the Markandeswara temple is famous for its stunning architectural structure. The entrance of the temple welcomes the devotees with a sculpture of Lord Nataraja with ten hands. One can see various figures of Lord Shiva in all his forms and also many idols of Goddess Parvathi and Lord Ganesha. It is located very close to Puri Jagannatha Temple.

  • Narendra Tank

At just 2 Km from Jagannath Temple, this 15th century AD tank is one of the largest tanks of Orissa. It has various Ghats where devotees can take holy baths and perform plenty of rituals during the Chandana Yatra festival. There is an island in the middle of the lake with a small temple called Chandana Mandapa.

  • Sudarshan Crafts Museum

The Sudarshan Crafts Museum in Puri was established by Sri Sudarshan Sahoo to create a space for artists and art lovers who can see the evolution of modern craftsmanship. The museum displays the change taken place in traditional sculptures over the decades. It also offers opportunities for artists to show their craft and a workspace and a gallery to display their art. 

So, Puri offers magnificent religious destinations along with its vast, calm, and picturesque beaches to relax from the crowded life. 

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