Location: Situated on the eastern coast of India, Shree Jagannath Puri Temple is one of the most popular religious monuments of Orissa.
Description: Dedicated to Lord Jagannath, Shree Jagannath Puri Temple is famous all over the world. The word Jagannath is referred to the Lord of the World, who is Lord Vishnu. Devotees of Krishna and Vishnu consider this temple as an important pilgrimage site and also a part of the Char Dham. A specialty of this temple is that the idol of Lord Jagannath is made from wood. According to Hindu rituals, a new wooden figure is ceremoniously installed in place of the old figure in every twelve years. The wooden figure is made from sacred trees. The temple has immense significance among the devotees following Vaishnavism. The temple houses idols of three primary deities, Lord Jagannath, his brother Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra. Dating back to 12th century, the temple was constructed during Ganga dynasty and using Oriya style of temple architecture.
Activities: Visitors may also visit smaller temples and shrines located within the temple complex, where prayers are conducted on regular basis. After worshipping in the temples, you can see the Mukti Mandapa and Dola Mandapa, notable for a beautifully carved stone Torana.