The JagannathMandira of Puri is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a form of Lord Vishnu, located on the eastern coast of India, at Puri in the state of Odisha. The temple is an important pilgrimage destination and one of the four great 'Char Dham' pilgrimage sites.
The construction of the Jagannath temple was commissioned by King Indradyumna. The temple is famous for its annual RathYatra, or chariot festival, in which the three principal deities are pulled on huge and elaborately decorated temple cars. The image of Jagannath is made of wood and is ceremoniously replaced every twelve or nineteen years by an exact replica.
The temple is sacred to all Hindus and especially in those of the Vaishnava traditions. Many great saints, such as AdiShankaracharya, Ramananda&Ramanuja were closely associated with the temple. Ramanuja established the Emar Mutt near the temple and the Govardhan Mutt, which is the seat of one of the four Shankaracharyas is also located here. It is also of particular significance to the followers of the GaudiyaVaishnavism whose founder, ChaitanyaMahaprabhu, was attracted to the deity, Jagannath, and lived in Puri for many years.
Architecture: Kalinga Architecture
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Visiting Timings of the Temple:
Opening Time: 05:00 AM
Closing Time: 11:00 PM
How to Reach:
- By Air: The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar, 60 km.
- By Rail: Puri is a terminus on the East Coast Railway having direct express and super-fast train links with New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Okha, Ahmedabad, Tirupati etc. One can easily get regular trains to Puri from other major cities of the country. Railway Station(s): Puri (PURI)
- By Road: The bus stand near the Gundicha Temple provides connections to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, service every 10-15 minutes. There are direct buses for Kolkata and Visakhapatnam.