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Apart from the promising Jagannath temple, the Puri is home to vivid temples, ponds, old age trees and the amazing Holy Places that serve Mahaprasad for everyone. Every day there is good rush to visit all these areas by the devotees and tourists .
Odisha is known as the land of Lord Jagannath (literally meaning the Lord of the Universe). The temple built in the 12th Century AD has been the epicenter of Jagannath cult and sees pilgrims flocking the temple town of Puri from all corners of the world throughout the year.
The mysticism associated with the cult of Lord Jagannath overshadows the architectural brilliance of this magnificent temple. Built on a raised platform, the gigantic temple is an architectural marvel in its own right.
The temple saw new additions to its structure till about the 16th Century AD. Unlike other temples of the region, the carvings on the temples are predominantly of gods and goddesses. The entire temple complex is enclosed within two concentric walls, the Kuruma Bheda (Inner wall) and the Meghnad Pachira (Wall). The main entrance to the temple is through Singhadwara located on the Eastern front of the temple with three other entrances along the four cardinal directions. However these are not architecturally aligned indicating that the other entrances might have been created for security purposes since the temple was at the eye of the storm during the tumultuous period between 16th and 18th century.
RathYatra (Chariot Festival) – This happens during the month of June/July. During the festival, the Lord comes out to the street to greet his devotees, people irrespective of caste, creed & colour can seek his blessings.
Devasnana Purnima – the annual bathing ritual, where the holy trinity has brought out from their sanctum on seated in a raised platform and bathed with purified water drawn from a well within the temple premises.
Often named as Black Pagoda, The Konarak temple was built by King Narasimha of the Eastern Ganga dynasty in the thirteenth century. The temple is today known for its amazing legendary stories and unique Kalinga architecture. Konark Sun temple is located on the shores of Bay of Bengal and signifies the glory of the Sun God. The entire temple is in the form of a chariot for the Sun God with twelve giant wheels depicting the twelve months of a calendar and driven by seven horses resembling the seven days of a week. It has three significant sections known as the Sanctum with images of the sun god, Natyamandir or the area where the Devadasis’ used to perform their dances and Jagamohana. Mayadevi Temple and Vaishnava temple has also been discovered near the main temple. It is included in UNESCO as a world heritage site, unfolds many mysteries about the architectural excellence of those days.
This largest coastal lake of India and Asia’s largest in-land salt water lagoon enriched with picturesque view that soothes to your soul. This huge lake has many islands treasuring many beautiful assets. The migratory birds visit the Nalaban forests around the lake all the way from regions like Siberia for nesting during the winters, the lake also proudly flaunts the ‘Bird Island’ which is extremely popular amongst the tourists for its rich aquatic life and an impressive population of the native and the migratory birds. The Kalijai Island is famous for the temple of goddess Kalijai. Satapada houses the astonishing Chilika Dolphins in their natural abode. Parikud and Malud are the other islands while Brahmaputra is known for its scenic beauty.
The state capital has several names as per its treasures. From very old known as temple city Bhubaneshwar of Odisha is now got a new name as Smart city of India houses many places of tourist attraction. It is the site for many ancient temples, Bhubaneswar the prominent ones amongst them being the Lingaraj Temple, which was built in the medieval period, when the architecture was in its zenith in Odisha. Lord Shiva is worshiped in this temple made up of granites. The 7th century Parshurameshwar temple is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar. The Rajarani Temple is popularly known as the love temple because of the graceful sculptors of females and couples carved on the temple wall. The 10th century Mukteshwar temples are the classic examples of ancient Kalinga Architecture. The city also has a state museum showcasing coins, stone inscriptions paintings and other articles of historical significance. You can explore the art works of Odisha in the Handicrafts Museum of Bhubaneswar. The city also has many parks and a zoo for your kids.
Bhubaneswar is fortunate enough to have treasures like ancient Jain monuments which are turned as most popular tourist destination for world over tourists. Located at distance of 6 kilometers this is the site for the caves on the hilltops of Udayagiri earlier known as Kumari Parvata and Khandgiri known as Kumara Parvata. There are thirty three 2nd century built caves built by King Kharavela of Chedi dynasty. Rani Gumpha, Hathi Gumpha, Bagh Gumpha and Ajanta Gumpha are the impressive caves, with symbols of Jain religion and paintings depicting the glory of the kings, on their walls.
Apart from the promising Jagannath temple, the Puri temple complex is home to vivid temples, ponds, old age trees and the amazing old new kitchen, which is believe to be world’s largest kitchen that serve Mahaprasad for everyone. Every day there is good rush to visit all these areas by the devotees and tourists to know more about Puri temple and experience amazing things.
If you want to go for a long drive then nothing is better than Puri-Konark Marine Drive Road. Get best scenic views, when you shoot the marine drive road of Puri-Konark. The place is very much attractive which causes most of the film makers love to have scenes for their filmshere. If you want to know more then go to local people as film makers are new to this place. So to get firsthand information like what to do, whom to contact will make things easy for them by get in touch with locals. Film makers can make things easy by choosing local people or even local companies at Bhubaneswar and Puri to work with for the best results.