Tourist Places and Temples in Puri


Tourist Places and Temples in Puri

Famous Tourist places and temples in Jagannath Puri, of the most visited tourist destinations in India

Introduction: Situated alongside the coastline of the Bay of Bengal some 60 km from Bhubaneswar in Odisha state, and naturally beautiful, Puri city is popularly known as Jagannath Puri, the dwelling place of Lord Jagannath. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. Puri as a pilgrimage holds great religious significance for visitors and devotees from India.

The holy lakes (Markanda, Shweta Ganga, Narendra, Indradyumna and Parvati Sagar), bamboo forests, golden beaches of bay of Bengal, shrine, monuments, ancient places of devotion, colorful sunrise and sunset make puri worth visiting this place and grab devotional offerings. More importunately the yearly festivals of Jagannath Temple, Rath Yatra (Chariot Trip) in Puri, which takes place on the second day of the bright fortnight of Ashadha (June-July) draws thousands of devotees from across the globe to participate in the festivals.

The wonderful temples and gorgeous beaches of Puri city add fame to its loveliness. There is religious belief that Jagannath Puri is a holy place of the Hindus as a part of the Char Dham pilgrimages, and a must visit place to complete the pilgrimage of the temples of India. Needless to mention along with the twin city Bhubaneswar and Konark, Puri forms the Golden Triangle of East India. READ MORE about Puri City.

Find a short description of the famous tourist places in PURI.

Gundicha Mandir

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Distance from Jagannath Temple, Puri: 3 kms

Address: At: Gundicha Qquare, Post/Tehsil: Puri, District: Puri, Odisha, Pin: 752001.

Approach: Located in Gundicha Square, in close proximity to Puri bus stand

This temple also referred as Garden House of Lord Jagannath is located at the end of Badadanda (The Grand Road, as wide as any freeway, extending from Jagannath Temple to Gundicha Temple) northeast of the Jagannatha Temple. At the time of the Ratha-yatra (Car festival), Lord Jagannatha, Balbhadra and Subhadra visit the Gundicha Temple and stay there for one week. The temple is divided into four parts Vimana, Jagamohan, Natamandap, and Bhogmandap. And the Ratan-vedi on which the three holy idols are placed is 4 feet high and 19 feet long. There is a beautiful garden in temple compound.

The temple is named after Gundicha, the queen of King Indradyumna, who is said to have built the original structure of the Jagannath temple.

Alarnath Mandira

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Distance from Puri: 20 kms

Address: Village: Brahmagiri, Post/Tehsil/Via : Brahmagiri, District: Puri, Pin: 752011, State: Odisha

Approach: It is situated 20 kms from Puri town on the left side of the road while going ahead from Puri to Satapada in Brahmagiri town.

Alarnatha Temple is dedicated to Vishnu and located in Brahmagiri, Orissa, near Puri. The temple becomes crowded during krishnapaksha (second fortnight of the month, the period of the fading moon) of Ashadha, right after Snana Yatra (a bathing festival), as lord Jagannath can’t be seen in Puri. The temple is about 23 kms from Jagannath Puri. The Temple opens at 6 A.M. and closes at 9:30 P.M.

Although it is not a huge tourist place, however it is a famous religious destination for Krishna devotees. The idol has four arms. The idols of Queens Rukmini and Satyabhama and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu are also found inside the temple.

Chakra Narasimha Temple, CHAKRA TIRTHA

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Distance from Puri: 3 kms

Address: Chakratirtha Road, Post/Via/Tehsil: Puri, Odisha

Approach: Right side of Chakratirtha Road and about 60.00 mtrs south of Sunara Gauranga Ashrama and 30 mtrs north of sea shore while going ahead from Netajee Subas Bose Chowk to Penthakote, Puri

Chakra Narasimha or Nrusingha Temple: Also known as Chakratirtha  is an important pilgrimage site near the sea shore of Puri and at a distance of 3 kilometers from the Lord Jagannath temple. Abhaya Narasimha , Chakra Narasimha and Lakshmi Narasimha are worshiped in this temple.

There is a big wheel of granite at this temple which is worshipped as Sudarshana Chakra along with an image of Narayana in the temple compound. It is also known as a shrine dedicated to Varuna, the father of Goddess Lakshmi.

Bedi Mahavir

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Distance from Puri: 2.5 kms

Address: At: Chakratirtha Road, Post/Via/Telsil/District : Puri, Pin: 752001, Odisha

Approach: On the left side of the Chakratirtha road leading from Subash Bose Chowk to Penthakata

Bedi Mahavir a small temple by the sea is dedicated to Hanuman, a faithful devotee of Lord Rama of the great epic Ramayana.

Ai Tota

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Distance from Puri: 1.5 kms

Ai Tota is situated towards the left of the Gundicha Temple, where Chaitanya Mahaprabhu a Hindu saint and social reformer in eastern India and the ascetic Vaishanava monk used to stay during the Car Festivals in Jagannath Puri.

Angira Bata

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Distance from Puri: 3.5 kms

A shady banyan tree, known as Angira Bata is seen on the east of Lord jagannath Temple.

It is surrounded by an old boundary wall and associated with the great saptarishi Angira. The present batch of the Sapta Rishis: Bhrigu, Atri, Angirasa, Vasishta, Pulastya, Pulalaha and Kratu.

Ardhasani

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Distance from Puri: 3 kms

Ardhasani, a small white-washed temple, one of the most famous temples in Puri on the Grand Road is dedicated to goddess Ardhasani (Subhadra). There is a mythological belief that once Goddess Subhadra had saved Puri from flood by drinking half of the flood water, thus named Ardhasani. The best time to visit the Ardhasani Temple is during the celebration of Rath Yatra (Car Festival). During the Car Festival, on his way back from the Gundicha Temple, Lord Jagannath is offered here a special preparation made out of rice known as podapitha (fire-baked cake).

Asta Shambhu

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Distance from Puri: 4.5 kms

Asta Sambhu is a small temple in Tiadi Sahi that houses a cluster of eight Shiva lingas made of semi-precious stones which appear different in colour when looked at from different directions.

Bata Lokanath

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Distance from Puri: 5 kms

Bata Lokanath, is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, on the Swarga Swar Road. A Kali image is also worshipped in the near by place.

Bata Mangala

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Distance from Puri: 5 kms

A small temple dedicated to goddess Batamangala is at a distance of about three kilometre from Atharnala on the Puri-Bhubaneswar road.

Pilgrims most often halt and pray goddess Batamangala for safe journey to Puri.

Shyamakali Temple

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Shyamakali is a temple dedicated to Goddess kali at Bali Sahi near jagannath Temple of Puri city. It is one of the oldest temple of Puri, where four armed Kali is worshipped on several festival occasions like Kali Puja, Durga Puja, Deepavali, Jagadhatri puja with ample fondness. The temple is constructed using Laterite stones. Another bright side of this temple is Goddess Shyamakali is the official deity of Gajapati Maharaja (King) of Puri. The temple is under the supervision of the Gajapati Maharaja of Puri.

Siddha Mahavir Temple

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Siddha Mahavir temple is situated near Gundicha temple of Puri, at a distance of about 1 km to the north-east. It is one of the important shrines of Puri, dedicated to Lord Hanuman. This temple is built in sand stones. Tulsidas, the great Awadhi devotee, philosopher, and the author of Ramcharitmanas had once stayed here for some time during his visit to Puri. The Local people have great faith on Lord Mahavir and visit the temple in large numbers.

Govardhana matha

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Govardhana Ma?ha (monasteries) located in the city of Puri in Orissa state is a major spiritual centres in India. It is one of the four cardinal Mathas founded by Adi Sankaracharya (The Greatest Indian Philosopher). The other three Mathas are Sringeri matha on the Sringeri hills in south, the Sharada matha on the Dwaraka coast in west, the Jyotish matha at Badrinath in north). The Matha houses Lord Jagannath and Goddess Vimala.
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