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Puri, renowned as Sri Purusottama Dham is located at the Bay of Bengal coast. Puri is the land of temples and hence a Konark Temple Puricelebrated pilgrimage site for Hindus residing in different parts of the world. The place is better characterized for its outstanding Jagannath temple, beautiful sand beaches and appealing sunrises and sunsets. The Ratha Yatra Festival held at June-July in Puri is accountable in gathering billions of pilgrimage from all over the world. Nilgiri, Niladri, Nilachal, Purusottama, Jagannath Puri are some popular names of Puri. The place also offers beaches for refreshment of its travelers. Placing at a distance of 60 kms from the capital of Orissa, Bhubaneshwar, Puri is well known for deity of Lord Jagannath and the Jagannath Temple. The Temple of Jagannath is unique and probably the only temple in India where the idols of sister and brother worshipped together. The Puri temples are the holiest shrines in India and frequently visited by a huge array of devotees.

Prime pilgrimage attractions of Puri

Jagannath Temple : The Jagannath temple is considered as one of the four Dhams of Hindu as well as the only Dham of east India. This temple is the tallest that dominates the townscape and the skyline of Puri. The present temple structure is made by the 'Ganga' King 'Choda Ganga Deva' at 12th century. The temple sited at the Nilgiri Hills and is an excellent example of Kalinga style Architecture. Jagannath temple is the important landmark of Puri and Ratha Yatra, a unique attraction of the temple. The story behind the festival Ratha Yatra, is at the time of the occasion, Lord Jagannatha goes to the Gundicha temple and halts there for one week. After one week he goes back to the original temple and thus the festival ends.

Puri TempleGundicha Mandir : Gundicha Mandir (Temple) is about 3-km northeast of the Jagannatha temple. At the time of Ratha Yatra festival, as per the "Chaitanya-Caritamrita", Lord Jagannatha goes to the Gundicha temple for one week. The temple is believed to be the home of Lord Jagannaths’ aunt. Jagannath along with Balabhadra and Subhadra are taken on an immense wooden chariot from the Jagannath temple to Gundicha Ghar.

Konark Temple: On the sea shore of Bay of Bengal, 20 kms north east of Puri lays the popular sun temple of Konark. This temple is a great example of historical significance and architectural splendor. Besides, Puri has witnessed a number of other religious places and pilgrimage sites of the state.

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Madurai Rameshwaram Tirupati Renukaji Vrindavan Amravati
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Thanjavur Udupi Kolkata Konark Kumbhakonam Omkareshwar
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