Jagannath Puri holds a certain importance because it is one of the four sacred
pilgrimage places of Hindus. The temple was constructed in 11th century and
serves as a starting point for the Rath Yatra held in July. The main temple in Puri
is surrounded by about 30 temples and it is said that if you are going to visit
each and every temple, then the purpose of your visit will be fulfilled. The main
porch has the presiding deities in the sanctum sanctorum.
Along with Jagannatha, Balabhadra, and Subhadra are also worshipped here.
These three, constitute the basic and fundamental Trinity and are considered to
be the forms and manifestations of the omni-present, omni-scient and omni-
potent supreme power. A replica of Jagannatha, Sridevi and Bhudevi are also
installed in the sanctum sanctorum and worshipped. The temple complex is huge
and attracts thousands of visitors every year.
- Puri is well connected by rails and airways both. The nearest airport is
Bhubaneshwar which is 53 km away. Regular flights are available from all
major cities in India. Direct trains are operated from major cities like
Kolkata, Delhi, and Mumbai.
- The official timings of the temple are from 5:00 AM to 12 Midnight.
Temple is closed in the afternoon between 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
- The temple’s kitchen is the biggest kitchen in the World. It can cook for
lakhs of people at a time.
- The idol of Lord Jagannath is made of Wood.
- Non-Hindus or Hindus but not Indians are not allowed inside the temple
- Footwear is not allowed inside the temple premises and you need to
remove them before entering the gates.
- Smoking and drinking are prohibited inside the temple complex.
- Don’t wear too revealing clothes and wear a conservative form of dress in
accordance with the local culture of the place.
- Photography strictly prohibited so don’t take your cameras and mobile
phones inside the Temple.
- Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the Temple.
- Do not pollute or damage Temple premises.
- English and Hindi languages are well spoken and understood by locals.
Best Time to Visit
If you really want to enjoy your stay in Puri, then you must visit the place in the
months of November to February. Puri faces huge crowed of tourists during the
peak season, which can be avoided by visiting the place in the months of June