PURI Tourism, Orissa

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About Puri - Orissa Tourism

Puri, one of the oldest cities in eastern state of Orissa, is popular among tourists as a holy city and a beach resort. The city is uniquely positioned such that it provides travelers view of both sunrise and sunset from the beach. Puri has dual identities - one of a relaxed seaside resort and the other an important pilgrimage centre.

Puri is considered to be one of the holiest cities for Hindus and is part of the Char Dham circuit. The city is home to the popular 12th century Jagannath temple and is mentioned as the resting place of Lord Vishnu in Skanda Purana. This historical city holds high historical and religious value with monuments dating back to historical times. There are also many religious mathas in the city that are visited by Hindu pilgrims all around the year. Puri is also part of the golden triangle tourist circuit along with the cities of Konark and Bhubaneswar. A must visit destination for travelers coming to Puri is Chilika lake about 50 km from the city, which is the second largest coastal lagoon in world.  

Puri is also visited by large number of tourists to witness the world famous Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra (Festival of Chariots), when the deities Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra, are brought out of the temple, and placed in a chariot procession. The Rath Yatra festival occurs on different dates of the Gregorian calendar, typically in the month of July. Thousands of travelers visit Puri during the beach festival which brings in renowned sand artists to the town. 

History of Puri - Orissa Tourism

Puri has been an important provincial outpost that connected eastern and southern India from 7th century. Puri has been associated with Hindu religion for a long time and has been frequented by pilgrims from 12th century.

Puri became an important center of Vaishnavism from 12th century and King Anantavarman Chodaganga, ruler of Puri built Purusottama temple in 1135. Purusottama temple was later came to be known as Jagannath temple in 15th century. The temple of Puri was also destroyed by the Aghans in 16th century and later renovated by the Marathas.

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