Puri is the most sacred city in Odisha. It is also known as Dasaswamedh Ghat or ‘Maha Panchak’ as it is the place where Lord Jagannath was worshipped by Asura King Bali with eight different queens. The temple here is considered to be one of the oldest temples in India. This temple dates back to the 10th century A.D.; it has been rebuilt many times since then. The main festival celebrated here are Rath Yatra (chariot procession)
Situated in Puri, Odisha, this temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra & Subhadra. It is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in India and attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna had come to Puri after he was unable to return to Dwarka because of a storm. He stayed here for some time and then returned to Dwarka after some time. The Puri Jagannath Temple has been built on the site where Lord Krishna had stayed during his stay in Puri.
The main attraction of Puri Jagannath Temple is an annual Rath Yatra festival during which thousands of devotees throng Puri for this religious event, its architecture is considered one of the finest examples of ancient Indian architecture.
The temple also houses several other shrines including those dedicated to Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu, and Surya (the sun god). There are also Shrines dedicated to Parvati, Lakshmi, and Saraswati (goddesses).
Monday to Sunday – 05:00 am to 10:00 pm
Note:The afternoon break from darshan is from 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm and timings for Prasadam are from 11:00 am to 01:00 pm.
No entry fee, it is free for all the devotees.
How To Reach Puri Jagannath Temple:
By Air: There are direct flights from Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata to Bhubaneswar airport. From Bhubaneswar airport, you can take taxis or private vehicles to reach the temple which is 53 km away.
By Train: There are trains connecting Puri with most major cities in India including Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Lucknow.
By Bus: State-owned bus services are available for travel within Orissa state including Bhubaneswar city as well as Puri town itself where you can board buses bound for the temple complex itself.