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About puri

Puri is one of the beautiful cities in Eastern part of the country on the Bay of Bengal. The beautiful city has a lot to explore like wonderful temples, Ponds, Lake, Sea beach, its rich heritage, culture and a lot more. The magnificent and culturally rich city is full of natural as well as architectural beauty and wonders that always draws the attention of tourists and persuades them to explore from the deep routes. People come here from the diverse corners of India and world to spend their vacations. Encircled by other Indian states of Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, Odisha is a magical land where the ancient past and contemporary todays form a melodious blend.

We at Hotel Golden Palace offer you attractive Odisha Tours for 05 Nights and 06 Days. Our tours cover some of the prime holiday’s destinations of the cities that include local Panchatirtha Darsan, Konark Temple, Chilika Lake, Bhubaneswar (Capital City).

THE GOLDEN BEACH


Puri Situated On The Eastern Sea-Bed Of India, Is The Only Most Popular Sea-Side Resort Where The Beauty Of The Sky In Radiant Colours, The Roaring Waves And The Golden Beach Can Be Experienced. The Long Sandy Beach Draws Large Numbers Of Western Travellers And Indians. According To Hindu Belief, There Are Five Great Holy Spots (Pancha Tirthas) At Puri Out Of Which Sea Is The Greatest And Holiest For Tourists And Travellers.

  • Balighai Beach
  • Chandrabhaga Beach
  • Ramachandi Beach
  • Beleswar Beach
  • Baliharachandi Beach
  • Satapada Beach

Puri Offers The Tourist The Rare Opportunity Of Witnessing The Colorful Sun Rise And Sun Set. Puri Sea Beach Is The Right Place To Spend And Enjoy Morning And Evening. Thousands of People from Different Part of India and World Spend Their Morning and Evening at Puri Sea Beach Each And Every day. Sea Shells Are Collected Here In Large Quantity. These Are The Main Wealth Of Puri Sea Beach. It Is Highlight Witnessing The Dawn Over The Sea And Fishing Boats. The Crude Construction Of The Boats Is Unusual. They Are Made Of Solid Tree Trunks And Are Enormously Heavy. Buoyancy Is Achieved Purely From The Buck Of Wood. They Are Made In Two Or Three Pieces, Split Longitudinally And Bound Together, When Not In Use They Are Untied And The Pieces Laid Out On The Beach To Dry.

Balighai Beach


One of the famous sea side resorts of Odisha, Balighai is situated at 8 kilometers from the holy city Puri on the Puri-Konark marine drive road. The exact geographical location of this place is LONGITUDE 85° 57' 0 E and LATITUDE 19° 52' 0 N. Situated by the side of the Bay of Bengal and at the mouth of the river Nuanai, Balighai provides the tourists with a wonderful opportunity to experience the union of the calm river with the turbulent sea. Most part of this place is fringed by lovely causarina trees. This place is also famous for shy Baliharina deers who reside in this area. Now it’s very rare to spot a deer in this area, if you are lucky then you will be able to catch a glimpse of the Baliharina deer. Another special attraction of this beach is the Sea Turtle Research Centre, where you can watch the large turtles fluttering around in their tanks.

Balighai sea beach attracts lots of domestic and overseas visitors to enjoy the natural scenery. The magnificent sunrise and sunset site of the beach is an unforgettable experience for touristis. Tourists can also enjoy sunbath on the neat and clean sea beach and explore the gift of nature by boat riding on the Nuanai river. The scenic beauty of this place is ideal for group picnic with family, friends and your beloved. The best time to visit Balighai beach is during October to June. It is well connected and easily accessible by Motorable roads and railway tracks. The nearest rail head is Puri. It will take less than 2 hours journey to reach Balighai by taxi or bus. Tourists can also enjoy the natural beauty of Puri-Konark marine drive while driving.

Chandrabhaga Beach


Chandrabhaga is situated 3 Kms east of the famous Sun temple of Konark and 30 Kms from Puri. Until recent years Chandrabhaga was considered a place of natural cure for lepers. Mythological 'Shamba' (Krishna's Son) the cured laper worshipped the Sun God for cure on the river mouth of Chandrabhaga, the river dried. It is reduced to a dry bed or a narrow trickle. It has been an ideal place for religious activity. Naturally the place, away from human vegetation. Ever swept by sweet breeze and washed by untiding waves is best suited for offerings and also divine romance.

According to yet another mythological reference, Chandrabhag, the daughter of a sage, cought the attraction of the Sun God by her magical charm. The God came down to seek her hand in love. Chandrabhaga did not offer herself to the God. Maddened by romantic pangs, the God chased behind a frightened Chandrabhaga who jumped in to the river and killed herself, but succeeded in protecting her chastity. As a mark of tribute to her sacrifice, every year on the 7th day of the full moon fortnight of Magha month, lakhs of people from all over the state and outside gather to take a holy dip in the river that is reduced to a shallow pool, offer their prayers to the Sun God and enjoy the Sun rise.

Ramachandi Beach


The temple of Goddess 'Ramachandi' on the river mouth of Kushabhadra river is a splendid scenic picnic resort. It is situated 7 kms before Konark on the Marine drive road from Puri to Konark. Ramachandi is popularly believed the presiding deity of Konark, and the most benevolent Chandi known. It is certainly more ancient than the Sun temple at Konark. From the architectural point of view, the temple of Ramachandi is not important but from the religious point of view, it is one of the famous Sakti pithas of Puri.

A graceful Chandi, seated on a lotus in a small temple half hidden by sand mounds, on the river mouth of 'Kushabhadra' and the endless Bay of Bengal stretched to eternity, and a thick growth of Casuarina plantation around is the scenic magnificence of the place. Before construction of the Marine drive road, the place was not accessible to outside visitors. However it attracted large number of local devotees to offer sacrifices 'Bali' in the month of Ashwna Picnicking at Ramachandi was then a youthful feat. The romantic sight has always fascinated young lovers, students and picnicking troups from far wide besides a handful of professional fisherman who exploit inhabitants. However after the construction of the Marine dive road, the place has become very easily accessable. We see regular crowd of pleasure seekers both from the neighborhood and distant places every day.

A legend regarding the deity is ever fresh and popular among the locals. "Kalapahada" the rebel Hindu Brahmin Youth turned islam, vowed to destroy all the temples of Hindu worship during 17th Century. After destroying the Sun temple, Kalapahad approached to Ramachandi temple to destroy it. Then Goddess Ramachandi dressed as a Maluni (maid servant) asked Kalapahad to wait at the door till she bring water from the river for the Goddess. Kalapahad anxiously waited for a long time to get some cold water. When it was too late and the Maluni did not return he exhausted and entered inside the temple and found the throne empty. Then he thought the Maluni took away the deity with her and with anger he followed the Maluni. When he reached the bank of the Kushabhadra river he found the goddess Ramachandi floating in the middle of the river. At that time the river was outpouring, so he came back without able to reach the middle of the river. Then Goddess Ramachandi came in dream of a panda (priest) and told him to built a temple on the bank of the Kushabhadra river. This place is now known as Ramachandi. Throughout the year many visitors come here to get the blessing of Goddess Ramachandi and to enjoy the scenic beauty of river Kushabhadra and Bay of Bengal.

Beleswar Beach


One of the sacred tourist destination of Puri, Beleswar (alternatively spelt as Beleshwara) is a small village situated at 14 kilometers from Puri on the Puri-Konark marine drive road. The exact geographical location of this village is LONGITUDE 85094’ 22” E and LATITUDE 190 83’ 13” N. Beleswar is famous for both religious sanctity along with scenic beauty.

It is famous for the Lord Beleswar Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and he is worshipped here as Beleswar. In ancient time, Puri was a place of Saiva worship. From architectural point of view, Beleswar temple is not important but from the religious point of view, it is one of the famous Shaiva shrines of Puri. Mahashivaratri is the famous festival celebrated here. On this day thousands of devotees arrive near the temple to offer their prayer to Lord Beleswar with great devotion.

Baliharachandi Beach


Puri, the abode of Lord Jagannath, which is celebrated as a Vaisnava centre is also famous for its Sakta temples. Both inside and outside the premises of famous Jagannath temple there are several temples dedicated to Sakta deities such as Ramachandi, Laksmi,varahi, Harachandi, Daksina Kali, Shyamakali, etc. which indicates the popularity of Saktism at Puri. There is a temple dedicated to goddess Harachandi at 27km south west of Puri on the national highway 203 leading from Puri towards Brahmagiri and Satapada. On this road there is a place known as Kathuari chowk, from this chowk take a left diversion and after 5 kilometers you will reach village Palanka, this temple is located at a distance of 1 kilometer from the village Palanka. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is mounted on a sandy hill near the ocean. The exact geographical location of this temple is LONGITUDE 85041’39” E and LATITUDE 19045’28” N.

he temple is facing towards the east and the presiding deity is Asta-Bhuja (Eight-Armed) Mahisamardini Durga worshipped as Baliharachandi. Baliharachandi is also regarded as goddess of water and navigation, who protects the boatsman and fisherman, when confronted with danger in the sea. This temple has relation with the Sri Jagannath temple in respect of a ritual on the Mahanavami day in the month of Ashwina. Festivals like Navaratri, Durga Puja, Chaitra Mangala Bara, Ramanavami etc. are observed in this temple with great devotion. An image of Goddess Kali is found at the base of the back Rahapaga of the Baliharachandi temple near Puri. Here Kali holds a serpent. She holds a skull and a severed head by her left hands. She stands in Alidha pose on the body of Lord Siva. Baliharachandi temple is a protected monument of Orissa State Archaeology and under the Endowment Department, Government of Orissa.

Baliharachandi temple located at the beginning of the river Bhargavi is not just a pilgrim site but also a scenic spot. This place is also famous for stretches of sandy beach and the meeting point of river Bhargavi with the Sea. It attracts lots of tourist to enjoy the natural site of beach and to seek divine blessings and eternal happiness. The sunrise and sunset scene of beach is amazing for touristis. The tourists can also enjoy sunbath on the calm and quite sea beach of Baliharachandi. The scenic beauty of this place is ideal for group picnic. Baliharachandi, the well known tourist destination of Orissa, is worth a visit.

Satapada Beach


Located at a distance of 50 kilometers from Puri, Satapada on Chilika is very famous for Irrawaddy Dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris). 'Sata' means 'Seven' and 'Pada' Means 'Village', so the name Satapada means group of seven villages. It is located on the southern part of the Chilika Lake. The exact geographical location is 19°40'10"N and 85°26'38"E. Satapada is also famous for Sea Mouth Island where Chilka lake meets the Bay of Bengal.

Satapada, alternatively spelt as Satapara, is one of the most popular tourist place of Orissa. Here Dolphins and the scenic Sea Mouth attract large number of tourists every year. Satpada also provides the opportunity for viewing a memorable sunrise and sunset. It is advisable to reach there in morning hours and spent much of your time with Dolphins. At the dolphin viewpoint it is difficult to view the complete dolphin. If you are lucky then you will be able to see entire dolphin, generally some portion of the tail or head of the dolphin is visible while they are swimming. If they jumps then only the complete dolphin can be seen. Satapada is an ideal spot to enjoy with family.

SHOPPING AT PURI


Puri is a very popular destination in Orissa. For the discerning shopper, shopping in Puri may turn out to be a true delight. The state of Orissa has a rich tradition of Handicrafts.

Being a beachside destination, shells and oyster are available in abundance in Puri. Over the years the ace craftsmen have perfected the art of making artifacts out of shells and oysters. A variety of utilities, decorative showpieces are definitely a feast to eyes and may leave you spoilt for choice. Do pick up a few items while shopping in Puri.

Place:
  • Swargadwar area, new marine drive road, on the sea shore in front of Swargadwar.
  • A small market in front of Puri Hotel.

Weaving saris is a traditional craft of Orissa. Even in Puri you would find many outlets dealing in textiles where shoppers flock in large numbers. Do check out the exquisite Passapali, Bomkai and Ikat saris while shopping in Puri.

Place:
  • Boyanika near Jagannath Temple and Swargadwar
  • Utkalika near Puri Hotel.
  • Odisha Emporium near Jagannath Temple.

Palm leaf painting, Patta Chitra is also a popular craft in Orissa. The craft has earned worldwide renown. The item serves well to decorate the interior of your home. An item or two must feature in your shopping cart in Puri.

Place:
  • Sun Crafts, V.I.P Road

At the same time, stone crafts are also favorite items for shopping in Puri.

Place:
  • Sudarsana Crafts near Puri Zilla School.
  • Apart from the above, there are lots places for shopping in Puri. From government run emporia to private outlets - shopping joints are galore. You may choose to go on shopping from the colorful bazaars and stalls erected by the local vendors if you are comfortable with a little bit of bargaining.

SHOPPING COMPLEX/BAZARS OF PURI


Nayak Plaza

Grand Road (Garments, Handicrafts, Fancy Items)

Sahoo Super Bazar

Grand Road (Garments, Handicrafts, Fancy Items)

Grand Centre Market

Grand Road (Garments, Handicrafts, Fancy Items)

Swargadwar Market

Swargadwar, Sea Beach (Handlooms, Handicrafts, Shells items)

Suriya Complex
Grand Road Garments, Handicrafts, Fancy Items
Jagannath Ballava Market Complex
Grand Road Garments, Handicrafts, Fancy Items
Laxmi Bazar
Temple West Gate Marriage Related Articles, Flowers
Laxmi Market Complex
Grand Road Sarees, Handlooms

VITAL INFORMATION


How To Reach: Puri Is Well Connected By Rail, Road And Air To The Rest Of The Country. The Nearest Airport, Bhubaneswar, Is Just 60 Kms.Far.Best Time To Visit: Besides Ratha Yatra, Summer & Winter Seasons.Local Transport: Bus, Taxi & Auto Service Etc.Traditional Fairs And Festivals: The Festivals Are Celebrated In A Calendar Year Relating To Lord Jagannath Are:

PANCHA TIRTHA OF PURI


Besides the temple of Lord Jagannath there are other sacred places in Puri. In Puri there are five sacred bathing places. They are known as the Pancha Tirtha. They are Indradyumna Tank, Markandeya Tank, Swetaganga, Sea and Rohini Kunda. It is believed that the visit to Puri is incomplete unless the ceremony of Pancha Tirtha is performed. By Pancha Tirtha is meant the custom of bathing in the five holy Tanks. By visiting Lord Jagannath and bathing in the Pancha Tirthas the pilgroms gets Salvation.

01-INDRADYUMNA TANK

Located on the north western part of the Gundicha temple, this Indradyumna Tank is one among the five sacred tanks of Puri. It is 396 feet wide and 485 feet long, and covers an area of four and a half acres. The place is famous for its religious importance and its connection to Lord Krishna. A temple of child Krishna stands here. Near the temple is a small shrine, dedicated to King Indrayumna of Orissa. At this place the 'Ashwamedha Yagnya' arranged by Indradyumna is materialised by Brahma. After the end of the Yangya innumerable Brahmins were gifed. Now this 'Yangya Kunda' is known as Indradyumna tank. The statue of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra being constructed by Biswakarma is located near this Yanga kunda at Gundicha temple. On its banks there are several small temples.

INDRADYUMNA TANK
A TEMPLE ON THE BANK OF INDRADYUMNA TANK

02-SWETAGANGA TANK

Swetaganga is a small sacred tank situated to the west of the Jagannath Temple in Puri. According to Mahabharat the Swetaganga is created from the nail of Lord Vishnu. The Swetaganga is situated in between Lions gate and Swargadwar. This Ganga is from the bottom of the earth and the water is sacred. Before visiting Lord Jagannath the pilgrims after bathed in Sea again takes a bath on Swetaganga and visits Lord Jagannath. It is believed that there is an internal connection between Swetaganga and the river Ganga. On the bank of this pond are two small temples, dedicated to Sweta Madhava and Matsya Madhava.

SWETAGANGA TANK
A SMALL TEMPLE IN SIDE

03-ROHINI KUNDA

Rohini Kunda is one of the Pancha Tirthas of Puri. This place is located inside Lord Jagannath temple and in front of Goddess Vimala temple. On the holy spot there is a symbol of Wheel and a Crow of four feet. The water of the origin of the creation is known as 'Karana Water'. This water is secretely stored in this Rohini Kunda. Another incident is also spoken by people about Rohini Kunda. After constructing the temple of Lord Jagannath King Indradyumna invited Brahma for its fullpledged stature. At that time King Galamadhava possessed the temple and demanded that the temple belonged to him. On the presence of Brahma the dispute came to a close. Both the crow and the wheel witnessed on the side of King Indradyumna and stayed there forever. King Galamadhava remained on the holy water and prayed Lord Jagannath forever.

04-MARKANDEYA TANK

God saved Sage Markandeya from a severe danger from Sea. The place where God saved Markanda is known as Markandeya, the holy place. On that particular spot Markandeya remained on meditation for a long time. He also grasped the sprit of Bhagabat, He also arranged a Yangya on that spot. At this place a temple was constructed by sage Markandeya. The Markandeya tank exists beside the temple and is one among the Pancha Tirthas of Puri.

MARKANDEYA TANK
RULES OF MARKANDEYA TANK

05-SEA BEACH - MAHODADHI

The greatest attraction of Puri for travellers and pilgrims is its long sandy Sea Beach. The Sea beach of Puri is one of the best beach in India for both tourists and religious point of view. Out of the five great holy tanks of Puri, Sea is the greatest and holist for travellers. Puri Sea beach is the source of beauty and leisure resort.

PURI SEA BEACH
DEVOTEES TAKING HOLY BATH AT PURI BEACH

RAGHURAJPUR/PATTACHITRA


Located on the north western part of the Gundicha temple, this Indradyumna Tank is one among the five sacred tanks of Puri. It is 396 feet wide and 485 feet long, and covers an area of four and a half acres. The place is famous for its religious importance and its connection to Lord Krishna. A temple of child Krishna stands here. Near the temple is a small shrine, dedicated to King Indrayumna of Orissa. At this place the 'Ashwamedha Yagnya' arranged by Indradyumna is materialised by Brahma. After the end of the Yangya innumerable Brahmins were gifed. Now this 'Yangya Kunda' is known as Indradyumna tank. The statue of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra being constructed by Biswakarma is located near this Yanga kunda at Gundicha temple. On its banks there are several small temples.

TEMPLE AT RAGHURAJPUR
GOTIPUA DANCE

SREE GUNDICHA TEMPLE


Gundicha temple is one of the most renowned temples in Puri. Being another sacred place of Puri, this temple is the key segment of the well known Rath Yatra festival (Car Festival) of Puri. It is located in the Gundicha square, near Puri bus stand. The exact geographical location of this temple is LONGITUDE 85050’33”E LATITUDE 19049’00”N. The temple is also known as 'Gundicha Ghar', 'Gundicha Mandir' and 'Sree Gundicha Temple'.

Next to the Great Jagannath temple, the most important sanctuary of Lord Jagannath is the Sree Gundicha temple, the abode to which Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are driven each on his or her wooden car once in a year, during the car festival. Except for these few days, it is unoccupled, but there is a small establishment of servents by whom it is regularly maintained. It is situated at the other end of the great highway(Badadanda). The distance between the gates of Jagannath temple and the Gundicha temple is exactly 2,688.0696 metres (8,327 feet). Since the deities travel from Jagannath temple to Sree Gundicha temple, the Car Festival of Puri is also known as 'Sree Gundicha Yatra'.

Gundicha Temple has some interesting legends related to it. One legend says that Gundicha was the queen of the King Indradyumna, the legendary founder of the 1st great Jagannath temple. It is because of the deep devotion of the queen Gundicha, Lord Jagannath prefers to pay a visit to her house for nine days during Car Festival. Another Legend says Gundicha Ghar is the house of Lord Krishna’s adoring aunt Gundicha. It is believed that their aunt gives a welcome to the three siblings with a special delicacy made of rice called 'padoapitha'. This rice cake is also known as 'Podapitha' or 'Porapitha'. This temple is regarded as equally holy as Jagannath temple as Lord Jagannth stays here for nine days during the annual car festival.

The temple built in typical Kalingan style . The temple is sorrounded by a wall and stands in the middle of a garden. The height of the wall is 20 feet and width is 5 feet. The length of the temple is 430 feet. The height of this temple is 75 feet. The temple consists of four parts connected with kitchen rooms by a narrow passage. All the four structures (Vimana, Jagamohana, Natamandapa and Bhogamandapa) bear the traces of several plasterings and are carved in places with obscene figures in mortar. The whole temple is built of light gray sand stone. There is a plain raised seat, 4 feet high and 19 feet long, made of chlorite and this is called the 'Ratnavedi', the throne on which the images are placed when brought to the temple. This temple has two gates. The western gate is the main gate and the eastern side gate. The eastern gate is also known as Nakachana gate. The deities enter to this temple through the west gate and come out by the east gate. The temple is under the care and maintenance of Jagannath Temple Administration, Puri.


CHAKRATIRTHA / CHAKRA NARASIMHA TEMPLE / CHAKRA NRUSINGHA TEMPLE / CHAKRA NARAYANA TEMPLE


Chakratirtha is an important pilgrim centre of Puri. It is situated towards the northern end of Puri town and at a distance of 3 kilometers from the Lord Jagannath temple. It is located on the right side of Chakratirtha Road, leading from Subas Bose Chowk to Penthakota, the fisherman village. At this place there is a temple dedicated to Lord Nrusingha. Local people known this temple in varios names like Chakra Narasimha Temple, Chakra Nrusingha Temple and Chakra Narayana Temple. At this temple, a large Chakra, the devine weapon of Lord Visnu or Jagannath, is being worshipped in water in the sanctum sanctorum made of black granite with a statue of Lord Narayan at the centre, known as Chkranarayana.

The presiding deities of the temple are three images of Lord Nrusingha known as Abhaya Nrusingha, Chakra Nrusingha and Laxmi Nrusingha. These three different forms of Lord Nrusingha as worshipped at Chakratirtha have unique values in Hindu religion. The form of Abhaya Nrusingha represents Sri Balabhadra. The form of Chakra Nrusingha represents Goddess Subhadra and the form of Laxmi Nrusingha represents Lord Jagannath. In puranas, the first three gods of the universe, Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswar have also found expression in the forms of Chakra Nrusingha, Laxmi Nrusingha and Abhaya Nrusingha respectively.

It is believed by local people that once there was a cyclone in Puri and the Neelachakra (the wheel at top of Jagannath Temple) was displaced from its location, flown across the sky and finally fell at Chakratirtha. It is also believed that the 'Daru' (divine log of wood for the creation of deities of Lord Jagannth temple during Navakalevara) touched the ground at Chakratirtha for the first time coming through the sea. Chakratirtha has another spiritual significance as the abode of Goddess Mahalaxmi's father is situated here. Chakratirtha temple has close association with Lord Jagannth temple and every year the Agnyamala from Lord Jagannath comes to Lord Nrusingha. Narasimha Janma festival is observed in this temple with great devotion.

SONAR GAURANGA TEMPLE / SUNAR GOURANGA TEMPLE


Sonar Gauranga temple is an important pilgrim centre of Puri. It is situated towards the northern end of Puri town and at a distance of 3 kilometers from the Lord Jagannath temple. It is located on the left side of Chakratirtha Road, leading from Subas Bose Chowk to Penthakota, the fisherman village. This temple is dedicated to Lord Gauranga.



ALARNATH TEMPLE


Lord Alarnath temple in Brahmagiri, around 25 km from Puri, is not a big tourist destination but a famous religious place for all Krishna devotees. It is explained that in Satya Yuga, Lord Brahma came and worshipped Lord Vishnu here on top of a hill. One day Lord Vishnu appeared and said, "I am very pleased with your worship. Make a four-armed Deity of Me holding shankha, chakra, gada, and padma (conch shell, disk, club, and lotus). The Deity should be made from a piece of black stone. Also install a Deity of Garuda". Lord Vishnu also said, "This place will be called Brahmagiri (Brahma's hill) because you have worshipped me here". According to mythology, the rulers of Alwar in Rajasthan had established the temple here. The temple was later known as Alwarnath or Alarnath.

Long years back (in 1610 A.D) Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu stayed at Alarnath during anavasara period of Lord Jagannath. Anavasara is the two weeks period when Lord Jagannatha take rest in isolation from the rest of the world after suffering from fever due to the annual bathing festival (Snana Yatra). Lord Chaitanya claimed that he visualised the appearance of Lord Jagannath in Alarnath and spent a long period in worshipping the deity here. It is believed that those who can not worship Lord Jagannath during his stay in the sick chamber can get the blessings of the deity if they visit the Alarnath temple. During this period the temple servitors offered holy rice porridge, known as 'Kheer' in local language, to the lord. During anavasara period of every year thousands of devotees visit Alarnath temple to get the blessings of Lord Alarnath and to taste a pot of famous holy 'Kheer'.

In this temple Lord Vishnu is worshiped as Lord Alarnath. The deity has four arms. He holds chakra in his upper right hand, Lotus in his lower right hand, Conch in his upper left hand and club in his lower left hand. Lord Vishnu's carrier eagle, known as Garuda, kneels at the feet of the deity with his hands folded in prayer position. The deities of Lord Krishna's queens Rukmini and Satyabhama are also find inside the temple. Deity of Lord Chaitanya is also found inside the temple. There is a stone slab in front of the deity which bears impressions from Lord Chaitanya's body. When Lord Chaitanya first lay in full respect in front of Lord Alarnath, the stone below Lord Chaitanya melted from His blissful touch. There is a lake behind the temple where Chandan Yatra (Sandalwood Fbuyeestival) is celebrated for 21 days every year.

SHRI LOKANATHA TEMPLE


The temple of Shri Lokanatha is situated at a distance of about 2½ kms to the west of Lord Jagannatha temple of Puri. This temple is one of the most important Shaiva shrines of Orissa. As per local people this temple was established by Lord Ramacandra. From the architectural point of view the temple is not so important but from the religious point of view, it occupies an important position in the cultural history of Orissa. The legend says that Lord Rama on his way to Sri Lanka for searching Sita reached Puri and sat with a vow to see Siva here. At that time there was a village (koown as Sabarapalli in local language) nearby. Sabaras (native of that village) presented him a Lau or Lauka (Pumpkin, one type of vegetable) looking like a Siva Linga, Lord Rama installed that as the replica of Siva Linga at that place and prayed Siva to fulfill his desire. From that day this Siva Linga was called 'Laukanatha'. It is believed that the word Lokanatha is a later innovation from the original word 'Laukanatha'

The innermost chamber of the main temple preserves a Shiva linga which is the presiding deity of the temple. This linga is visible to the devotees once in every year. The sanctum including the linga is filled with water throughout the year by a natural fountain. In the night of Pankoddhar Ekadashi (3 days before the famous Shivaratri festival) all the water is bailed out and the Shiva Linga becomes visible and thousands of devotees enable to worship the Lord. According to a local tradition, people who suffer from incurable diseases come here for prayer. The flowers, sandal paste, milk, Curd (yoghurt), honey, beetle leaves, Coconut water, bilva leaves, etc. offered to the God throughout the year remain decomposed in the water creating a special smell and taste being medicated as a whole. people take it as Prasad, in order to be cured from the disese that they suffered for.

The Lokanatha temple has four parts such as Vimana (Main Temple), Jagamohana (Entrance Hall), Natamandapa (Dancing Hall) and Bhoga mndapa (Offering Hall). This temple is built in sand stones. The main temple is about 30 feet from the ground level. Most portions of the main temple have been covered with marbles, so the detail architectural features of the main temple are not visible. The outer walls of the main temple housed images of different Deities. The image of Shiva-Parbati is carved on the northern side wall. There is image of Lord Kartikeya on the eastern side wall. The image of four handed Lord Ganesha is carved on the southern side wall. All these side wall images are housed inside small temples. Many small temples are there inside the premises of Lokanatha temple. There is a small temple to the left of the inner courtyard which preserves images of Surya-Narayana and Candra-Narayana. The Satya-Narayan temple within the premises preserves images of Vishnu, Laksmi and several brass idols. On the right side of the entrance to the inner courtyard you will find a figure of Lord Hanuman. The compound of the Lokanatha temple is about 10 feet below the road level. When you enter the lokanatha temple compound by climbing down the stairs from the main road, you will find a big pond (known as Parvati Sagara in local language) at your right side. Devotees wash their hands and feets in this pond before entering into the temple. This pond houses a lot of fishes. Devotees enjoying a lot by offering foods to these fishes.

Lord Lokanatha's representative image is in the Sri Jagannatha temple, known as Bhandara Lokanatha. He is the guardian deity of the Ratnabhandara (treasure house) of Sri Jagannatha temple. Lokanatha is associated with Lord Jagannath in several festivals like Sivaratri, Candan Yatra and Sital Sasthi. The festival of Shivaratri is observed in the temple of Lokanatha with great devotion. A meeting of Hari and Hara (Siva and Vishnu) takes place on the day. On the Mahashivaratri lot of devotees arrive near the temple to offer their prayer to Lord Lokanatha with great devotion.

Konark Sun Temple


The word 'Konark' is a combination of two words 'Kona' and 'Arka'. 'Kona' means 'Corner' and 'Arka' means 'Sun', so when combines it becomes 'Sun of the Corner'. Konark Sun Temple is situated on the north eastern corner of Puri and is dedicated to Sun God. Konark is also known as Arka khetra.

Sun Temple of Konark, built in the middle of 13th century, is a massive conception of artistic magnificence and engineering dexterity. King Narasimhadeva I, the great ruler of the Ganga dynasty had built this temple, with the help of 1200 artisans within a period of 12 years (1243-1255 A.D.). Konark Temple was designed in the form of a gorgeously decorated chariot mounted on 24 wheels , each about 10 feet in diameter, and drawn by 7 mighty horses. It is really difficult to understand, how this huge temple, every inch-space of which was so wonderfully carved, could have been completed within such a short time. Whatever that might be, the konark temple even in its present ruined state, still a wonder to the whole world. Great poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote of Konark: "here the language of stone surpasses the language of man."

Around the base of the temple there are images of animals, foliage, warriors on horses and other interesting structures. On the walls and roof of the temple beautiful erotic figures are carved. There are three images of the Sun God, positioned to catch the rays of the sun at dawn, noon and sunset. Sun temple of Konark is a masterpiece of Orissa's medieval architecture.

The large structure of Konark Temple seen today is actually the entrance of the main temple. The main temple which enshrined the presiding deity has fallen off and only the remains can be seen.

Konark temple, made of black granite, was initially built on the sea bank but now the sea has receded and the temple is a little away from the beach. This temple was also known as 'BLACK PAGODA' and used as a navigational landmark by ancient sailors to Orissa. Inspite of the decay over the centuries the beauty of this monument is still amazing. If you are seriously interested in architecture and sculpture then you must visit this world famous monument. It has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1984.


CHILIKA-AT A GLANCE


Chilika Lake, popularly known as Chilka, the queen of Natural scenery in Orissa, also known as the Swiss-lake in the continent. Nestling in the heart of coastal Orissa, Chilika is India's biggest inland lake. Spread over 1165 square kilometres during the monsoon season and 906 square kilometers during dry season, it runs along the borders of three districts of Puri, Khurda and Ganjam and finally joins the Bay of Bengal through a narrow mouth, forming an enormous lagoon of brackish water. Chilika is the largest brackish water lagoon of Asia situated on east coast of India. It is situated between 19028' and 19054' North latitude and 85005' and 5038' East longitude. Due to its high productive ecosystem, rich biodiversity and socio-economic importance, Chilika was designated as a Ramsar site in October 1981, under the convention of wetlands of international importance.

n winter Chilika lagoon flutters with thousands of migratory birds and water-fowls from as far as the Siberia, Caspian sea, Lake Baikal, Aral sea, remote parts of Russia, Kirghiz steppes of Mangolia, central and south east Asia, Ladakh and the Himalayas for feeding, resting and roosting. Every year the birds start coming to the lake around the second and third week of October and stay up to March. They start their homeward journey at commencement of summer.

The lake is famous for bareheaded geese and common geese,etc. chilika is home to a rich variety of aquatic flora and fauna. Chilika is veritable wonder of nature. Containing a large variety of fish the lake privides livelihood to thousands of fishermen. Hundreds of boats sail out daily on the lake's blue expanse in search of mackerel, prawn and crabs, this sight providing an insight into the pageant of rural India at its colourful best.

Winter is the best time to go Chilika, from October to March, when the lake is crowded with large number of migrating birds from different countries. Avoid rainy season from June to September. In January visitors also congregate in huge numbers at kalijai temple, situated on Kalijai island in Chilka Lake, during Makar Sankranti to pray Goddess Kalijai.

Enriched by picturesque hills all along its arched shape, its colour changing in Kalidoscopic glory with passing clouds and the moving Sun, its body rolling in languid abandon, excited by the gentle breeze wafted from the Bay of Bengal. It is said that any visit to Puri remains incomplete without a visit to Chilika Lake. Chilika provides an opportunity to visit nature and natural beauties through its vast coverage of bluish water, small green mountains and islands in it and the clean bluish sky with floating clouds. That is why Chilika has attracted many poets, nature lovers, bird watchers and even the general public and tourists every year.


SATAPADA - AT A GLANCE


Located at a distance of 50 kilometers from Puri, Satapada on Chilika is very famous for Irrawaddy Dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris). 'Sata' means 'Seven' and 'Pada' Means 'Village', so the name Satapada means group of seven villages. It is located on the southern part of the Chilika Lake. The exact geographical location is 19°40'10"N and 85°26'38"E. Satapada is also famous for Sea Mouth Island where Chilka lake meets the Bay of Bengal.

Satapada, alternatively spelt as Satapara, is one of the most popular tourist place of Orissa. Here Dolphins and the scenic Sea Mouth attract large number of tourists every year. Satpada also provides the opportunity for viewing a memorable sunrise and sunset. It is advisable to reach there in morning hours and spent much of your time with Dolphins. At the dolphin viewpoint it is difficult to view the complete dolphin. If you are lucky then you will be able to see entire dolphin, generally some portion of the tail or head of the dolphin is visible while they are swimming. If they jumps then only the complete dolphin can be seen. Satapada is an ideal spot to enjoy with family.

Another major attraction is the nearby Rajahansa Island. It is a small island on Chilika at the mouth of the lagoon. This island is named after the famous bird ‘Rajhans’. A one-and-a-half-hours boat journey across the Chilika Lake from Satapada, takes visitors to Rajahansa island. The island is 18 kilometer from Satapada. Rajahans is a small strip of land which has the lagoon on one side and the Bay of Bengal on the other, with a forest and mountains in between. Though Satapada is not vary famous for migratory birds, but visitors may find different varieties of migratory birds here because the famous Nalaban bird sanctuary is very near to Satapada. It takes around 4 hours by boat from Satapada to reach Nalaban.

The Dolphin Motor Boat Association provides and manages motor boats at Satapada. Visitors can hire boats to go to the dolphin viewpoint to get a sight of the dolphins. The Motor Boat Association has rate chat for the different types of boats based on their capacity and duration of the visit. Tourists can also hire boats to go to Nalaban and Rajahansa Island.

WHERE TO STAY


Satapada is having the resort accommodation from Orissa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. (OTDC). It is known as Yatrinivas and provides excellent accommodation although the food is quite ordinary. Rooms can be booked at the tourist offices in Puri, Chilika and Bhubaneswar. Online booking facility is also available.

  • Yatrinivas Satapada
  • Address:Brahmagiri, Puri - 752001
  • Phone:(06752) 262077
  • Email:otdc@ortel.net/otdc@panthanivas.com
  • Total Room/Bed:28/56
  • Facilities:Restaurant, Conference Hall, T.V., Leasure Platform with swing for children.

HOW TO REACH


Air: Nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar (110 kilometers). Rail: Nearest rail head is Puri (50 kilometers). Puri connects to all the major places in the country via superfast and express trains. Road: Satpada is connected to Puri (50 kilometers) and other nearby places by road. National Highway number 203 connects Satapada to Puri. Bhubaneshwar and Puri have daily bus services along with taxis to Satapada. Conducted tours are also organised by OTDC and local tour operators. Local Transport: Cycles and Auto Rickshaws.

SIDDHA MAHAVIR


The temple of Siddha Mahavir is situated at a distance of about one Km to the north-east of the Gundicha temple of Puri. This is a small temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. From the architectural point of view the temple is not so important but from the religious point of view, it is one of the important shrines of Puri. Tulasi Das, the famous author of Rama Charita Manasa, stayed here for some time when he visited Puri. The shrine of Siddha-Mahavir is an important place, where the presiding deity is greatly revered by the local people. God Siddha Mahavir is considered as one of the Eight Mahavirs of Puri town. This temple is built in sand stones and faces to east.

The image of Lord Mahavir (Hanumana), the presiding deity of the temple, is about 6 feet in height. He holds gada(club) in left hand and a massive rock boulder (Gandha-Mardana Mountain) in right hand. The deity has been installed on a decorated pedestal of 2 feet high. The slab of the presiding deity is carved with a series of Hanuman figures in different postures. They are locally considered as the asta-mallas such as Sugriba, Jambu bahana, Bali, Angada, Susena etc. These figures are also believed to be the eight advisers of Lord Rama during his expedition to Lanka to fight against Ravana for rescue of Sita. A brass image of Hanumana (Mahavira) has also been kept on the same pedestal as the vije pratima for ceremonial occasions. The presiding deity of the temple is very attractive to visitors and it is the best specimen of the fine workmanship. The background slab is relieved with scroll works, flower medallions and various scenes from the Ramayana.

The main temple (Vimana) of Siddha Mahavira is partially adorned with different sculptures and scenes. The three sides of the main temple are housed with images of Yamaraj, Keshari and Devi Anjana. The southern side wall of the temple contains the image of Yamaraja. The two handed image of Lord Yama has been installed on the plain pedestal. He is carved in seated posture on the backside of buffalo, the conventional mount. Lord Yama displays gada(club) in right hand and kala phasa in left hand respectively. The western side wall of the temple contains a statue of a male figure is locally worshipped as Keshari. The two handed image of Keshari has been installed on the decorated pedestal. He holds gada(club) in left hand and aksha mala in right hand. He is also wearing the garland of beads in his body. Six Hanumana figures are finely carved on the pedestal. Two female figures are flanked on either side of the deity. They are displaying flywhisks in their hands. The western side wall of the temple contains Devi Anjana (Mother of Lord Mahavir). The two-armed image of Devi Anjana has been installed on the double petalled lotus pedestal. She holds her child (Lord Hanuman) by her two hands. Two female figures are flanked on either side of the devi. All the side wall images of the main temple are made of black chlorite stone.

The entrance temple (Mukhasala) of Siddha Mahavira is also adorned with different sculptures and scenes. There is a scene of royal procession with two elephants inserted into a niche of the northern side wall of the Mukhasala of the temple. The elephants are placed one in front of the other so that only one is visible in this view. The front figure of the near elephant is of royal lineage as suggested by the two parasols hold by attendant figures, one on each elephant. Three figures with folded hands stand in-front of the elephants while an acrobat rolled into a ball is beneath the head of the near elephant. The head of the royal figure is completely missing. Some senior priests of the temple say that it is tour scene of Indra Devata. Most probably, this scene is a royal tour of Puri king. An elephant and a horse with their grooms are carved on the pedestal of the royal procession slab. A short line of inscription is engraved just below the sculptural panel.

The left side eastern entrance wall of the Jagamohana contains an image of Panchamukhi (Five faced) Ganesha in its niche. The slab of the deity is exquisitely carved by the artist. The ten-handed image of Ganesha has been installed on the decorative pedestal. His right five hands display chakra(disk), snake, trident, broken tusk, and varada mudra while the left five hands hold gada(club), pasa, ankusa, flower and a bell. The slab of the Panchamukhi Ganesha is carved out of black chlorite.

The right side eastern entrance wall of the Mukhasala is relieved with the sikshadana scene. It is the teaching scene of Vyasadeva who is reciting the Bhagabata Purana among his disciples. The guru is seated in a pavilion with his right leg crossed over his left and right hand raised as if imparting instructions. Facing him are three rows of two figures each. Both male and female devotees are flanked on either side of guru. Most of these devotees are carved in folded hands.

The surface of the temple complex is about 4 feet high from the road level. A boundary wall of 10 feet high has enclosed the temple and it measures approximately 80 feet in length on the northern and southern sides and 60 feet in width on the eastern and western sides respectively. The modern flat roof covers the main entrance porch of the temple complex. Two huge lions are installed on the both sides of the main entrance gate of the eastern side. They are acting as the gatekeepers of the temple.

There is a beautiful pond in front of the temple. Devotees wash their hands and feets in this pond before entering into the temple. The temple complex also houses a kitchen in the left side to cook foods for the presiding deity. People have great faith on Lord Mahavir and they attend this temple in large numbers every day (in more numbers on Tuesday) and during various festive seasons. Festivals like Makara Sankranti, Rama Navami, Dola Purnima are observed in this temple with great interest.

SWARGADWAR


Swargadwar is the creamation ground of Hindus. 'Swarga' means heaven and 'dwar' means gateway, so literary Swargadwar is consider as the 'Gateway to Heaven'. General belief support the idea among Hindus to end their life in this holy place of Puri to get the accessibility to heaven for liberating their Soul and ultimately Salvation. Swargadwar,is in the sandy beach towards the South western corner of the town. In every Amabasya God Narayana represents Lord Jagannath in visiting sea which is said to be the in-law house of the Lord,through this holy cremation ground. On this holy site situated the temple of Goddess Smasana Kali. Goddess Kali act as the guard of Swargadwar and stand as the proof for all Heaven going Soul.

Purusottam Kshetra Puri has been accepted as the ‘Martya Vaikuntha’, where Lord Vishnu stays as Jagannath in the Bada deula, the great Temple. Here everything has been said to be great ‘Bada’ i.e. Bada danda, Mahaprasad, Mahadipa, Mohodadhi, etc. Any body, therefore, dies here straight goes to heaven and attains salvation. ‘MUKTI’ undoubtedly achieved through this Swargadwar, besides the Mohodadhi (sea). The devotees attach very strong faith in it and get themselves satisfied in visiting directly the to gateway of heven (Swargadwar). Bathing first at Swargadwar beach is conventional. Swargadwar is a sacred place. Sri Chaitanyadev too bathed here first, merged into Brahma (Divine Soul) here in Nilachal. According to scriptures, the Brahmadaru, from which the threemain deities of the Jagannath temple are carved out, floated to the beach at Swargadwar.

The ghat itself is a little square of darkness and silence in the centre of this worldly bustle; here the only lights are not those of bulbs and lanterns but of the slow-burning funeral pyres. It is natural considering the place as a divine for any time in the year, be it the season of heavy rain or shivering cold, be it the mid of dark night or the noon, one can view the magnanimity of the place for which it is famous.


SHAKHIGOPAL TEMPLE


One of the sacred tourist destination of Odisha, Sakhigopal (alternatively spelt as Sakhigopala) is a village of historical importance which is situated 19 kms. North of Puri on the way to Bhubaneswar. It is the most famous spot of Orissa for cocoanut industry. The singular national importance of the place is the famous Sakhigopal temple. It is one of the top calibre krishna temple of the country. It is a saying that unless Sakhigopal is visited the piligrimage to Puri is not complete. There is a large influx of piligrims on festive days like Anla Nabami, Dolapurnima, Chandan Yatra, Kartika Purnami, etc. Sakhigopal means witness Gopal.

There is very popular legend behind the name Sakhigopal. Two brahmins of Vidyanagar of south India went Brindaban on piligrimage. There the elderly one fell ill and was attened very sincerely by the younger. The elderly one promise the other keeping Lord Krishna as witness that on reaching their native place he would offer his beautiful daughter to the younger in term of marriage. Unfortunatly when both of them reached their native place the elderly one expressed evasive replies. The younger one was assured that due to low status of brahmin caste he was misfit for his lovely daughter.Without delay he again went to brindaban and worshipped Lord Krishna.However in the long run Krishna agreed but he told that the brahmin would walk ahead and he would follow him,but the strict instruction was the brahmin should not look back,otherwise he(Lord Krishna) would remain then and there.Lord assured that the brahmin would hear the sound of Nupura(sweet sound producing bracelet used by dancers arround ankel).Lord followed the brahmin to vidyanagar. On the way they were to cross the river Godavari.Due to sand the feet of Lord were dipped and no sound from Nupura was heard.The brahmin was too restless and apprehensive to look back.Lord stood on sand and did not move.The brahmin immediately ran to Vidyanagar and called the local people in good numbers.all were stunned to see the statue of Lord Krishna of Brindaban.the elderly brahmin repented and attested his promise by giving his daughter in marriage to the younger one.The local king developed great devotion and constructed one temple then come there at the sopt and designated as 'SAKHIGOPAL' .

The Gajapati King of Orissa Sri Purusottam Dev brought the statue from Vidyanagar after the place eas conred by him (1467 to 1495).The King installed the statue at his fort at CUTTACK which was worshipped by Lord Chaitanya on his way to Puri.After muslim invasion the statue was shifted from place to plale by the Khurda chiefs and at last it was stationed at ALASA.It is told the other name of Sakhigopal is Alasa,but at present there is small village called Alasa near Sakhigoal. One Brahmachari raised huge donations and raised a temple (60 feet high) in 1860.Initially there was one statue of Krishna.

At a later stage due to influence of Gita Govinda (written of Jayadev) people accepted the dual sculpture of RADHA KRISHNA,which is otherwise known as 'JUGALMURTI' and accordingly the King of Ranpur of Puri district offered one statue of Radha to have been conjugated with Lord Krishna.The height of Lord Krishna is 5 feet and that of 'Devi Radha' is slightly more than 4 feet.It is now also told during moonlit nights at the near by Bakulbana people have watched the glamourous love-play of Lord Krishna-Radha and Gopis. The temple is managed by Government of Orissa since 1939.

BATA MANGALA TEMPLE


lthough Puri has been considered as a famous centre of Vaisnavism, it is also recognized as a sakti pitha. Several sakta temples are located inside and outside of Lord Jagannath temple. There is a sakta temple dedicated to Goddess Mangala on the gateway to Puri. This temple is known as Bata Mangala Temple. This temple is located at a distance of 3 kilometers from Atharanala on the road leading from Puri to Bhubaneswar, on State Highway No.8.

The presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Mangala. The deity is very beautiful and has two hands and three eyes. She is sitting in padmasana Posture with smiling face. The two hands are holding pasa and ankusa. She is worshipped in the mantra of Durga and is the same as Mahamangala, Sarva Mangala and Mangala. In oriya language 'Bata' means 'Way', since Goddess Mangala is enshrined on the way to Shreekhetra, she is known as Bata Mangala. She is believed to guide the pilgrims to Puri. The pilgrims and all tourist vehicles used to offer puja and Darshan with all respects at Batamangala temple while entering into Puri and leaving Puri for their safe and happy journey.

At the time of Navakalebara festival of Lord Jagannth, the carts loaded with sacred wood entered into Shreekhetra after performing puja at Bata mangala temple. Famous rituals like Durga Puja, Dussehra, Chaitra Mangalabara etc are observed with great devotion in this temple.

PRESIDING DEITY GODDESS MANGALA
OUTSIDE VIEW OF THE TEMPLE
BELLS IN SIDE
SIDE IMAGES ON TEMPLE WALL
LION GUARD IN FRONT OF THE TEMPLE
PRESIDING DEITY GODDESs

ANANDA BAZAAR


Ananda bazaar located to the north-east of the Singhadwara inside the temple complex. Arguably the biggest food market in the world, this bazaar is also historically important. Popular sweets- Khaja, Rasogolla and Chhenapodapitha, made of cottage cheese are quite popular with tourists.

our hallowed shrines located at cardinal points of the Indian sub-continent i.e. Puri, Rameswar, Dwarika and Badrinath are believed to have been liked by Lord Vishnu intimately. It is said and believed that He takes His bath at Rameswaram, meditates at Badrinath, dines at Puri and retires at Dwarika. It is therefore, a lot of importance is given to the temple food Mahaprasad (not simply prasad) here at Puri. According to Skanda Purana Lord Jagannath redeems the devotees by permitting them to partake his Mahaprasad, to have His darshan and to worship him by observing rituals and by offering of gifts ,Mahaprasad is treated here as 'Anna Brahma'.

According to Skanda Purana Lord Jagannath redeems the devotees by permitting them to partake his Mahaprasad, to have His darshan and to worship him by observing rituals and by offering of gifts .Mahaprasad is treated here as 'Anna Brahma'. The temple kitchen has got the capacity to cook for a lakh of devotees on a day. Mahaprasad is cooked only in earthen pots and medium of food is fire wood only. The steam-cooked food is offered to Lord Jagannath first and then to Goddess Bimala after which it becomes Mahaprasad. This Mahaprasad is freely partaken by people of all castes and creeds without any discrimination. The items offered include cooked rice, dal, vegetable curry, sweet-dishes, cakes etc. Dry confectionaries are prepared of sugar, gur, wheat flour, ghee, milk and cheese etc. When the steam cooked food is carried to Lord in slings of earthen pots no mes up from the food but when the same is carried back to the sale point after being offered to the Lord a delicious smell spells along in the breeze to the pleasant surprise of the devotees. Now the food is blessed. Mahaprasad consolidates human bond, sanctifies sacraments and grooms the departing soul for its journey upwards. Mahaprasad are sold in Anand Bazar or the Pleasure Mart of the temple which is situated on the north east corner of the outer enclosure of the temple. It is the biggest open-air hotel in the world where every day thousands of devotees purchase and eat together forgetting their caste, creed and status. Most of the residents in and around Puri depend upon this Mahaprasad to entertain their guests during social functions such as threading and weddings. The tourists prefer to carry a particular type of dry Mahaprasad known as Khaja (made of maida, sugar and ghee which stays fresh for days together. Dried rice Mahaprasad known as "Nirmalya" is also used by devotees and tourists for different sacred occasions.

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