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Puri – The Most Popular Spiritual Getaway; A Beach Destination

Puri the spiritual getaway
Jagannath Temple, Puri

Puri Temple – The Number 1 attraction of Puri

Puri is one of the ‘dhams‘ where Lord Vishnu takes his meals in the form of Lord Jagannath. Jagannath Temple statues are also unique that they are made of wood and are changed every 12 years through a comprehensive ritual.

Puri is famous for the annual chariot festival (Rath Yatra) where hundreds of thousands of followers come from all over to pull the statues of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balbhadra and Goddess Subhadra from the main temple to their aunt’s (mausi’s) home.

Other Important Religious Places in Puri

Puri the spiritual getaway
Konark Sun Temple

Puri has also a number of other places of religious significance. These include Loknath Temple, Gundicha Temple, Sakshi Gopal Temple and Konark Sun Temple. Konark Sun temple is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site and attracts a number of visitors.

This was built in the 13th Century by King Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga dynasty. A portion of the temple has fallen down but the massive structure of Konark reveals so many realities of those times.

Beaches in Puri

Puri District has some nice beaches. Best of these is Puri Beach, which is located in the town itself. It is loved by the beach lovers. A number of street food vendors line up near this beach during evenings. Besides swimming and enjoying with the waves, one can also look to do surfing, angling and boat ride.

Puri the spiritual getaway
Chandrabhaga beach, Konark

Chandrabhaga beach in Konark is also quite regular. Tourists love enjoying in the beach here. However, tourists should be a little more cautious while taking bath here as it is considered a little dangerous for swimming. Enjoy nice cool breeze on this beach drinking tasty coconut water.

Golden beach is another famous beach in Puri district. This is some 20km from the town. This is located on a little diversion on the highway leading to Konark. It is a laid back beach away from the clamour of of the city. The beach has a peaceful environment with only the crashing of sea waves to provide you company.

Swargdwar beach is also in the town itself, adjacent to Puri beach. The beach runs along the main Marine Drive of Puri, right next to the Swargadwar Crematorium.

It is believed that Lord Jagannath entered from heaven on to the earth at this beach only. Souls of people cremated in Swargdwar are also assumed to reach heaven directly. The beach is dotted with numerous stalls selling local handmade products, seashells, and fashion accessories.