Puri, considered to be one of the holiest cities of the world, is one of the four major Hindu shrines. The holy place is believed to be the abode of Lord Jagannath. Puri, also known as Jagannath Puri, is located on the coastline of Bay of Bengal. Puri is renowned for housing spiritual peace and external pleasures both together. It is said that Puri, once upon a time, was a densely wooded hill populated by the Sabaras (Pre-Aryan and Pre-Dravidian tribes of the Austric linguistic family).
Puri is one of the Char Dham pilgrimages, as per the Hindu mythology that says a pilgrimage of Indian temples completes only after visiting Puri. One can reach the holy city through Puri Railway station or Bhubaneswar Airport or Bhubaneswar Railway station. Puri is situated 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of the state capital Bhubaneswar.
One of the four most celebrated religious centers of India Puri is also named as Jagannath Puri due to the 12th century Jagannath Puri temple situated here. Puri is one of the Char Dham pilgrimages, as per the Hindu mythology that says a pilgrimage of Indian temples completes only after visiting Puri. Apart from Jagannatha Temple, Gunchinda Temple is another most visited temple in the holy city. Puri’s sunny beach is known as one of the world’s supreme beaches.
Jagannath Puri temple is the foremost epicenter for the festival of the Rath Yatra in Puri. This festival is celebrated every year on the 2nd day of Shukla Paksha (waxing cycle of moon) in the month of Asadh, the 3rd month according to the lunar calendar of India. Puri Yatra has always been popular among tourists due to its religious connotation. Every year, they visit Puri and take part in the celebrations with full of enthusiasm.
The Rath Yatra or Chariot festival, one of the much-awaited Hindu festivals, honors the Lord Jagannath’s visit along with his siblings – lord Balbhadra and deity Shubhadra – to the temple of Queen Gundicha. As many as three new splendid chariots are created for the elegant Rath Yatra Puri (the journey) of the Gods – Lord Jagannath and his siblings – every year.
On the graceful day of Puri Yatra, when these 45-feet high idols are pulled by millions of devotees came here from all over the world. During the Rath Yatra Puri, the caravan of Lord Jagannath, on the way, stops at their maternal aunt’s place – Mausima temple – to take the meal of sweet pan cakes, Jagannath’s favorite dish as said. The bejeweled chariots come back to the temple in the same way. During his journey, Lord Jagannath is accompanied also by the celestial wheel called Sudarshan Chakra.
Every year, Indian tour operators organize the Puri Rath Yatra Festival Tour in the country. Tourists from Indian and abroad participate in Rath Yatra Tour, in large number. Puri Rath Yatra 2018 will be organized on Saturday, 14 July. You have a chance to select the best package from the variety of tour packages available for the upcoming Rath Yatra Tour.