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One of the most sacred places for Hindus in India is Puri which is sometimes referred as Jagannath. Puri along with Badrinath, Dwarka and Rameshwaram forms the holy char dham yatra of India. It is located on the eastern shores of the state Orissa.
Puri is a pilgrimage destination. It is famous for the Lord Jagannath Temple, which is dedicated to incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to Hindu mythology, Puri is the resting place of Lord Vishnu. This perhaps is the reason for such a significance importance of Puri in Hinduism.
Apart from char dham yatra, Puri is also part of Golden triangle of Orissa tourism. A term which is used for three destinations, Bhubneswar, Konark and Puri. Although Puri is known for the Lord Jagannath Temple, there are some very nice beaches here, sometimes regarded as the best in India.
Since it is located in the South India, tourists should travel Puri during winter months. However devotees may also visit Puri during the annual rath yatra that takes place in the months of June/July.
Puri is famous for its temples. There are over 50 temples in this small town. Among them the most popular is Lord Jagannath Puri temple which is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple. It is believed that only Hindus could see the deities inside the temple. Although this rule in relaxed during the annual rath yatra when all three idols are taken on three huge chariots through the streets of Puri to the nearby Aunt’s temple.
Other popular temples in Puri are Shree Lokanath Temple, Markandeyesvara Temple, Ganesha Temple, Sakshi Gopal Temple and Gundicha Temple.
Once you have paid homage at the temples, head towards the exotic beaches of Puri for some nice time. The Puri beach which is famous for its golden sand. It is the most popular beach in the town, often regarded as best for swimming in India. Swargadwar Beach is the second most popular beach in the region. The water quality here is not so good. This beach is related to some Hindu beliefs therefore remains crowded.
Getting to Puri is quite easy. Bhubaneswar which is the capital of state is only 56km from Puri. There are direct flights and trains to Bhubneswar, from there you can hire taxi to reach Puri. Alternatively you can take direct trains to Puri.
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