Here is the information about famous Jagannath Temple located in Puri, Odisha. Thousands of bhakts (devotees) and pilgrims visits Jagannath Temple every month.
Address: Temple Road, Puri, Odisha 752001, India
Nearest Railway Station: Puri
Nearest City: Puri
Best Time to Visit: October to April
Temple Timings: 6:30 am to 7:30 pm ( All days of the week )
The Jagannath Temple of Puri is a sacred Vaishnava temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath and located on the eastern coast of India, at Puri in the state of Odisha.
The temple is an important pilgrimage destination and is particularly visited by devotees of Supreme lord Sri Krishna and is one of the Char Dham pilgrimages that anyone is expected to make in one’s lifetime.
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The major construction of Jagannath temple was initiated by king chodagangadeva. And was completed by his grandson Anangabhimadeva in the late 12th century.
The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra, or chariot festival, in which the three main temple deities are hauled on huge and elaborately decorated temple cars. Since medieval times, it is also associated with intense religious fervour. Even though the icons of most Hindu deities that are worshiped are made out of stone or metal, the image of Jagannath is wooden. Every twelve or nineteen years these wooden figures are ceremoniously replaced by using sacred trees, that have to be carved as an exact replica.
The temple is sacred to all Hindus and especially the Vaishnava traditions and saints Adi Shankaracharya , Ramananda & Ramanuja were closely associated with the temple. Ramanuja also established the Emar Matha near this temple. The Govardhan Mutt which is the seat of one of the four Shankaracharyas is also located here. It is also of particular significance to the followers of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism whose founder, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was attracted to the deity, Jagannath, and lived in Puri for many years.
How to Reach Jagannath Temple, Puri
The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar, 60 km.
Reaching Puri through Rail – Puri is a terminus on the East Coast Railway having direct express and super fast train links with New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Okha, Ahmedabad, Tirupati etc. Some important trains are Kolkata (Howrah) Puri Howrah Express, Jagannath Express; New Delhi; Purushottam Express. Khurda Road Station, 44 km, from Puri is convenient rail head for train to Chennai and Western India.
The station is about one km North of the town. Cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws compete aggressively to get you to a hotel.
Reaching Puri through Road – The bus stand near the Gundicha Temple provides connections to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, service every 10-15 minutes. Minibuses to Konark leave every 20-30 minutes and also from Jatiababa Chhak. There are direct buses for Kolkata and Visakhapatnam.
Where to Stay in Puri
At this location, there are various Private hotels available to stay. You can go for online or offline booking as per your convenience. 3, 4 and 5-star Hotels in Puri are available on affordable price.
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