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Puri

Puri is located on the Bay of Bengal and is the district headquarter of, Puri District, of the Indian state of Odisha. It lies at a distance of 61 km from state capital city Bhubaneswar. The town is famous for Lord Jagannath Temple of the 11th century. Puri is a holy city of the Hindus and a part of the Char Dham pilgrimages. According to Hindu teachings, a pilgrimage of the temples of India is not considered complete without a journey to Puri. It is the only shrine in India, where Radha, along with Lakshmi, Durga, Sati, Parvati, and Shakti abodes with Krishna, also known as Jagannath.

Puri is also famous for its golden beaches and is endowed with one of the best beaches for swimming. In fact, they are positioned in such a way that the sunrise and the sunset is seen from these beaches. Puri is the site of the Govardhana matha, one of the four cardinal institutions established by Adi Shankaracharya, the others being those at Sringeri, Dwaraka and Jyotirmath.

Puri is also famous for its annual Ratha Yatra, or "Festival of Chariots", when the deities Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra, are brought out of the temple, and placed in a chariot procession. This festival occurs on various dates of the Gregorian calendar, typically in the month of July.

There are some of the best attractions located near Puri. One of them is the Konark temple a UNESCO World Heritage site located at 35 km away from Puri, only a km away from Sea shore. Built from oxidized and weathered ferruginous sandstone by King Narasimhadeva I (1238-1250 CE) of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty, this temple is an example of Orissan architecture of the Ganga dynasty. The temple is one of the most renowned temples in India and is a World Heritage site. It is one of the Seven Wonders of India (as per the poll collected by NDTV). Legend has it that the temple was built by Samba, the son of Lord Krishna. It is believed that Samba was afflicted by leprosy, brought about by his father’s curse on him. After 12 years of penance, he was cured by Surya, the Sun God, in whose honor he built the magnificent Konark Sun Temple.

Chilka Lake is another important attraction, only 50 km away from here. It is the largest brackish water lake in Asia with numerous islands in it. The lake and Islands attracts huge number of migratory birds from all over the world.

Apart from this there are many attraction related to local artisan, ancient Buddhist and Jainism related historical monuments.

How To Reach

By Flight: The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar situated at a distance of 65 kms from Puri. There is even plan to develop this airport into International. As of now the nearest International Airport is Kolkata.

By Rail: Puri station is a major junction. Regular direct train s are available from New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai. Bhubaneswar is just 65 kms away from Puri.

By Road: Puri is well linked with road it passes through Pipli Artisan Village and Konark Sun Temple. There are many deluxe and Luxury coaches services both operated by State Transport department and private operator.

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