FAQ


Puri Dham

What are the places to see in and around Puri?
Jagannath Puri or Purusottama Puri (approximately 1 and a half hours or 60 km from Bhubaneswar by bus {about Rs. 25 to Rs. 150), about 2 hours by train) is a pilgrimage town with the famous temple of Lord Jagannath and is a major tourist destination with all its beautiful and pleasant sights. Besides Lord Jagannath temple there are many other places which people can see like Golden Puri beach, Mausima temple, jagannath ballav math, Govardhan math, Puri ashram, Mangala temple, pipili (famous for crafts, chandua), Lokanath temple, Dhauli giri (this place history dates back to age of the great king Ashoka), Bhubaneswar (Temple city) is just 54km from puri, Swargadwar, Bedi Hanuman Temple, Chakra Tirtha Temple, Mausima Temple, Shree Gundicha.

Jagannath Puri or Purusottama Puri (approximately 1 and a half hours or 60 km from Bhubaneswar, by bus about Rs. 25 to Rs. 150 and about 2 hours by train) is a pilgrimage town with the famous temple of Lord Jagannath and is a major tourist destination with all its beautiful and pleasant sights.

What are the famous places near the temple?

There are also many temples and other famous places near the temple which contribute heavily to the tourism industry of Odisha. Sakhigopal temple, Heritage village raghurajpur, Chandrabhaga beach (heavy currents), Satapada (dolphins), Ramachandi temple on sea shore, Nalabana bird sanctuary. Sunara Gaurang Temple, Alarnath, Balihar Chandi Temple, Puri Konark Marine Drive (follow the route via konark to puri and one feel the exotic marine drive of odhisa.) konark temple (black pagoda) chilika (Asia’s largest lagoon). Many tourists from across the country of India visit this town of Odisha to have a glimpse of the tourist attractions of Puri.

Which are the best months to visit Puri?

You can visit Puri anytime of the year, however, these are the most feasible months, when Puri is at its charming best.
Best time to visit Puri is from October to March. During this span the temperature is low making the sightseeing extremely comfortable. Another high point is the Beach festival which takes place in the month of November.

could you provide a few hotel names in and around Puri?

There are a number of hotels for people which offer authentically delicious and fresh food. Listed below are the hotels which give a taste of Odisha:
Hotel Shyama, Hotel Kakatua, Krishna Resorts, Lee Garden’s Chung Wah, Bhojohori manna, Wildgrass Restaurant, Jabari Garden, Rasoi and Bhuri Bhojon.

Jagannath Temple

What are the temple timings?

The Jagannath temple is open for its devotees all days of the week. It opens from 5.00AM to 12.00PM and 4.00PM to 9.00PM.

Could you please provide the aarti timings?

Aarti timings are as follows:

1. Dwarpitha and Mangal Aarati at 5 a.m
2. Sandhya Arati – 3.30 p.m.
3. Pahuda Arati – 9.00 p.m.

can you Please mention the daily rituals?

These are the daily rituals carried out in the Jagannath Temple, Puri.

1. “Abakash” – 6 a.m. to 6.30 a.m.
2. “Mailam” 6.45 a.m.
3. “Sahanamela” – 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
4. “Beshalagi” – 8 a.m.
5. Rosha Homa Surya Puja and Dwarapal- 8 a.m. to 8.30 a.m.
6. Gopala Ballava Puja- 9 a.m.
7. Sakala Dhupa(Morning food offering) 10 a.m.
8. Mailam and Bhoga Mandap
9. Madhyanha (Afternoon food offering) 11 A.M. to 1 P.M.
10. Madhyanha Pahudha – 1 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.
11. Sandhya Aarati – 3.30 p.m.
12. Sandhya Dhupa – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
13. Mailam and Chandana lagi
14. Badashringar Vesha
15. Badashringara Bhoga
16. Khata Seja Lagi and Pahuda 12.00

Is there any restrictions on the attire?

There are no such restrictions on the attire. People should wear appropriate clothes as per the norms and rules of the temple authorities.

Could you tell me the history of Jagannath temple?

The Jagannath Temple in Puri is a famous Hindu temple/Buddhist temple dedicated to Jagannath and it is located at a distance of 60 km from Bhubaneswar, on the coast of Bay of Bengal, at Puri in the state of Odisha. It is an important pilgrimage destination for many Hindu traditions, particularly worshippers of Krishna and Vishnu, and part of the Char Dham pilgrimages that a Hindu is expected to make in one’s lifetime.
Unlike Hindu Gods, the image of Jagannath is made up of wood. Every twelve years these wooden figures are ceremoniously replaced by using sacred trees that have to be carved as an exact replica of which is termed as “Navakalebar.”

According to the recently discovered copper plates from the Ganga dynasty the construction of the current Jagannath temple was initiated by the ruler of Kalinga, Anantavarman Chodaganga Dev. The Jaga mohan and the Vimana portions of the temple were built during his reign (1078 – 1148 CE). However, it was only in the year 1174 CE that the Oriya ruler Ananga Bhima Deva rebuilt the temple to give a shape in which it stands today.
Jagannath worship in the temple continued until 1558, when Odisha was attacked by the Afghan general Kalapahad. Subsequently, when Ramachandra Deb established an independent kingdom at Khurda in Odisha, the temple was consecrated and the deities reinstalled.

According to the Legendary account as found in the Skanda-Purana, Brahma Purana and other Puranas and later Oriya works states that Lord Jagannath was originally worshipped as Lord Neela Madhaba by a Savar king ( tribal chief ) named Viswavasu. Having heard about the deity, King Indradyumna sent a Brahmin priest, Vidyapati to locate the deity, who was worshipped secretly in a dense forest by Viswavasu. Vidyapati tried his best but could not locate the place. But at last he managed to marry Viswavasu’s daughter Lalita . At repeated request of Vidyapti, Viswavasu took his son-in-law blind folded to a cave where Lord Neela Madhaba was worshipped.

Vidyapati was very intelligent. He dropped mustard seeds on the ground on the way. The seeds germinated after a few days, which enabled him to find out the cave later on. On hearing from him, King Indradyumna proceeded immediately to Odra desha Odisha on a pilgrimage to see and worship the Deity. But the deity had disappeared. The king was disappointed. The Deity was hidden in sand. The king was determined not to return without having a darshan of the deity and observed fast unto death at Mount Neela, Then a celestial voice cried ‘thou shalt see him.’ Afterwards the king performed a horse sacrifice and built a magnificent temple for Vishnu. Sri Narasimha Murti brought by Narada was installed in the temple. During sleep, the king had a vision of Lord Jagannath. Also an astral voice directed him to receive the fragrant tree on the seashore and make idols out of it. Accordingly the king got the image of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Chakra Sudarshan made out of the wood of the divine tree and installed them in the temple.

Another legendary story behind the construction of the temple was that King Indradyumna, the ruler of the territory, saw Lord Jagannath in dreams. In his dreams Lord told him to construct his temple and following the Lord’s wishes, he got the Jagannath Puri Temple constructed. It was the tallest monument of the world of 1,000 cubits high. He invited Lord Brahma, the cosmic creator, consecrate the temple and the images. Brahma came all the way from Heaven for this purpose. Seeing the temple he was immensely pleased with him. Brahma asked Indradyumna as to in what way can he (Brahma) fulfill the king’s desire, since was very much pleased with him for his having put the most beautiful Temple for Lord Vishnu. With folded hands, Indradyumna said, “My Lord if you are really pleased with me, kindly bless me with one thing, and it is that I should be issueless and that I should be the last member of my family.” In case anybody left alive after him, he would only take pride as the owner of the temple and would not work for the society.

When is this year’s Ratha Yatra?

The Ratha Yatra for this year will be held on 18th of July 2015.

Accomodation

Which are the low budget hotels around the temples?

Puri is a popular holiday resort for people from all over India but they tend to stay in hotels nearer to the temple and swargadwar. Listed below are the hotels which are often inexpensive and offer quality services at very reasonable rates ranging from average of Rs.500 to Rs.5000.

Sai Resort, Shree Vishnu Darshan Holiday Home, Hotel Trimurti Heights, Hotel Diamond Palace, Hotel Gajapati, Hotel Santana, Hotel Sukanya, Hotel Surya Beach Inn, Hotel Holiday Resort, Hotel Puri Beach Resort, Shakti International, The Hans Coco Palms, Toshali Sands Ethnic Village Resort, Sterling Holidays Puri-Golden Sands, Blue Lily Beach Resort, Hotel Gandhara, Royal Heritage, Hotel Prabhupada, Hotel Gajapati, Marina Beach House, Hotel Petal Regency, Hotel Niladri, Hotel Lotus, Jamindar’s Palace, Pramod Convention & Beach Resorts, Sri Puri Palace, Hotel Pushpa – Berries Group of Hotels, Hotel Jeevan Sandhya , Hotel Rockbay Inn, Hotel Holiday Resort, Hotel Shree Hari , Reba Beach Resort, Kakkson Villa, Hotel Suv Palace, Hotel Raj, Gold Coast Beach Resort, Krishna Palace, Hotel East West, Hotel Sun Sai, Asian Inn Beach Resort, Gochikar House, Hotel Pushpasree, Deep Resorts, Masir Hotel, Puri Hotel, Krishna Resorts, Krushna Mandir, Balananda Tirthasram & Restaurant, Hotel Sea Queen Inn, Hotel Sea View, LaxmiNarayan Residency.

Can you give me a list of the best hotels to stay?

Below is the list of hotels in puri which offers you comfortable and best accommodation with all good facilities.

Blue Lily Beach Resort, Camellia Hotel and Resort, Fort Mahodadhi, Hans Coco Palms, Holiday Resort, Hotel Shakti International, Hotel Sonar Bangla, May Fair Beach Resort, MAYFAIR Waves, Puri Beach Resort, Sterling Golden Sands Puri, The Chariot Resorts and Spa, Toshali Sands Ethnic Village Resort, Reba Beach Resort, Hotel Pushpa, Hotel Gandhara, Jamindar’s Palace, Hotel Maa Kamakhya, Hotel East West, Hotel Dreamland, Hotel Samudra, Chanakya BNR Hotel, Hotel Vishal Plaza, Kakkson Villa, Annanya Resorts, Sapphire Beach Resort, Hotel Naren Palace, Hotel Prabhupada, The Shubham Beach, Hotel Vijoya International, Sagar Tarang Residency, Lee Garden Hotel, Raj Hotel.

Are there any currency exchange facilities in Puri?

For currency exchange contact the below mentioned:
Parikrama Travels
Chakratirtha Road, Puri-752002
Odisha, India.
Cell No : +91-9583335444/+919583335111
Phone No : +91-6752-229566
Fax No : +91-6752-233953
E-mail – travels.parikrama@gmail.com / janardan.puri@gmail.com

The Federal Bank Limited
62 Budhanagar Cuttack Road Kalpana Squarebhubaneswar Puri, 751006 , Puri, Orissa
Phone No : +91-674-2134445

State Bank Of India
Puri Main Branch Puri Puri, 753001, Puri, Orissa
Phone No : +91-6752-223995

Puri weather

What are the essentials to carry for different weather?

You can visit Puri anytime of the year; however, these are tips that can help you decide when to schedule your visit and some essential things to keep in mind while visiting Puri.

Summer
During summers the weather in Puri is hot and humid. The temperature goes pretty high during the (can rise upto 36 degree Celsius).
Even though the weather is not conducive, but this does not stop the visitors from visiting this major pilgrimage destination. In fact, Puri experiences a huge inflow of tourist during April and June. If you are planning your visit during summers carry light cotton clothes with you.

Monsoon
During monsoon there is a crowd of thousands of people in June and July when the Ratha Yatra takes place. It is the annual Chariot Festival of the Jagannath Temple, during which many people come to join the sacred and colorful procession. Try to avoid the rainy season (June to September) however, as the southeast monsoon really pours its heart out. If you still schedule your plans for monsoons and want to be a part of the Ratha Yatra. Don’t forget to bring your umbrellas, rain coats, etc to prevent rains from ruining your plans.

Winter
In winters Puri has a typical tropical climate and is the best suitable time span to visit this auspicious place. During the months from October to March, temperature here is low making the sightseeing extremely comfortable. Another plus point to visit Puri during winters is the Beach festival which takes place in the month of November. The months from November to February are the appropriate months to visit due to its pleasant atmosphere. Light woolen clothes are best suited for this time of the year.

Healthcare

Can you provide the list of hospitals around the temple and in Puri?

District Headquaters Hospital, Grand Road,Puri
T.B. & I.D. Hospital, Badasankha(Station Road)
Gopabandhu Ayurvedic Hospital, near police line square.
Municipality Dispensary,Dolabedi, Laxmi Bazar
Chandan Hajuri Paediatric Hospital,Chakratirtha Road, near Patharapuri hostel
Municipality Hospital, Swargadwar
Kamaladevi Maternity Centre, Station road
Sri Jagannath Sebayata Hospital,Western Gate
Homoeopathic Filaria Research Institute, Labanikhia Chhak
Puri Urban Leprosy Project, Chakra Tirtha Road
Police Hospital, Police Line
Blood Bank, Head Quarter Hospital, Balagandi

Please provide the helpline numbers.

shopping

Please mention the things to buy in Puri

There are many delicate things to buy in Puri. There are shops in Puri that have a vast collection of exquisite handicrafts. Palm leaf painting or Patta Chitra which is one of the exclusive craft of Odisha. Apart from this, you can also buy stone crafts and silver works. There are emporiums, private outlets, bazaars and stalls in Puri that sell items such as cigar boxes, jewelry, baskets and decorative trays, Horn Work, Pattachitra, metal ware, canopies, awnings and garden & beach umbrellas, stone bowls and plates of Khiching, stone statues, soapstone statuettes, silk and cotton handloom fabrics. If you’re good at bargaining, you will definitely have a good time shopping.
For traditional wear lovers, there is lots of good variety in sarees. Traditional sarees like Passapali, Bomka, ikat and Sambalpuri are available here.
As a noted beach destination, Puri also has shells and oyster items to offer. It also offers a wide range of utility products and decorative pieces in textiles to choose from.

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