Location: Located nearby Jagannath Temple in Jagannath Puri, Lakshmi Temple is small but of great religious importance.
Description: Lakshmi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the wife of Lord Jagannath. It is one of the most important shrines surrounding the main Jagannath Temple. The temple lies in a location from where tourists can feel the murmuring sounds of water and coldness in the air. You may also worship other gods and goddesses in the temple. In Hindu culture, Goddess Lakshmi is considered as the deity of wealth, happiness and prosperity. Anagha, which means sinless, is another name of the goddess. A large number of devotees visit Lakshmi Temple throughout the year to seek blessings from the goddess. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi protects her devotees from all kinds of sufferings, especially misery and money related problems. Diwali is a main Hindu festival celebrated in the honor of Goddess Lakshmi every year.
Activities: Lakshmi Temple plays a very important role during Rath Yatra and the rituals of the main Gundicha temple. On the fifth day of Rath Yatra, known as Hera Panchami, Goddess Lakshmi, in the form of Subarna Mahalakshmi, is carried in a palanquin and priests carry her to Gundicha temple to meet her Husband, Lord Jagannath.