Puri – The Land of Temples and Festivals

Puri

Puri

Puri is a district located in the coastal region of Odisha and has been referred to by different names – Charitra, Purusottama Kshetra and Utkal in the past. This destination is popular as the home of Lord Vishnu, also called as Lord Jagannath, and is well-known for its cottage and handicrafts throughout the world. These handcrafted works have drawn inspiration from two sources – the temple art of the Sun Temple of Konark and the shrine dedicated to Lord Jagannath in Puri.

Lord Jagannath Temple

Lord Jagannath Temple

This region is an epitome of the rich cultural heritage of the country. It is home to many cottage and handicraft industries, which produce an array of goods in wooden and stone carvings, modern patch work, applique, patta chitra, bell metal and terracotta. The region is not only a prominent centre for such industries but also a place of religious significance. The revered sites located over here are the perfect examples of architectural marvels. Tourists can visit a number of shrines over here namely,

Gundicha Temple

Gundicha Temple

Jagannath Temple, Gundicha Temple, Sun Temple and Sakhigopal by opting for Puri tour packages.

Festivals and Attractions

During their trip, they can also be a part of numerous festivals and fairs that are observed over here. The important ones comprise Rath, Gosani, Chandan and Sahi Yatras, other than Maha Shivratri, Boita Bandan and Magha Mela.  Furthermore, there are some prominent events like Konark and Puri Beach Festivals, Gundicha Utsav and Srikhestra Mahotsav known for showcasing different forms of folk dances including the famed Odissi.

Sun Temple, Konark

Sun Temple, Konark

In addition to its shrines and festivals, this region is famous for paintings like tasar, patta and palm leaf as well as pottery toys, sand art and papier-mache products. On opting any of the holiday packages for Odisha, travellers can enjoy shopping along with sightseeing by visiting several places of interest, such as Gobardhan Math (a monastery founded by Adi Shankaracharya) and Chilka Lake, which is a habitat to the migratory birds.

Chilka Lake

Chilka Lake

Brahmagiri and Baliharachandi

Among the several popular destinations in and around this region, Brahmagiri is one of the most visited. Located nearby, it is home to the famous Alarnath Mandir. Hundreds of devotees, pilgrims and tourists come to this location to pay homage to Lord Jagannath. The best way to reach here is by bus owing to a number of bus services from Puri to this destination.

Alarnath Mandir

Alarnath Mandir

Baliharachandi is another popular location, which is often visited on a tour package to this destination. The place is famous for a shrine erected for the Hindu Goddess Harachandi, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Apart from this shrine, the place is also famous for its long stretches of the sandy coastline. However, the Bay of Bengal is quite turbulent and visitors need to be careful while going near the sea. It is also a popular picnic spot for local people due to its natural beauty.

Baliharachandi

Baliharachandi

Holidaymakers can take scheduled bus services to come to this location as well. If they are on a prolonged holiday, they can also plan a getaway to different excursions like Balighai Beach, Brahmagiri, Satyabadi, Baliharachandi, Raghurajpur and Satapara situated in proximity to this place.

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