Puri – The most sacred pilgrim center for Hindus in India. It is famous for being the abode of Lord Jagannath, Goddess Shubhadra and Lord Balarama. The main attraction of Puri is the temple of Lord Jagannath and the beach. The beach is famous for swimming and spending holidays. Most of the tourists come to Puri for Darshan at the temple of Lord Jagannath.
Jagannath Puri is one of the Char Dham of India. The Ratha Yatra, also known as Chariot festival, is one of the most famous festival in the Orissa. It is celebrated on a wide scale where devoteed from all across the world flock to Puri to participate in it. It is considered to be holy if a person touches the rope of the chariot while it is being drawn. Several priests visit the place during this time. It is beautiful to watch the sunrise and sunset there. The Prasad is called “Khaja” which is very tasty.
The most significant ritual associated with the Rath Yatra is the Chera Pahara. During this festival, the Gajapati king wears the outfit of a sweeper and cleans the road before the chariot with a gold handled broom and then sprinkles sandalwood water and powder with utmost devotion. This ritual shows that there is no difference between Raja Gajapati and humble sweeper.
One striking feature about Puri is that foreigners are not allowed to enter the temple.Numerous foreigners have tried to enter and visit this famous Dham but was not able to do so. The temperarture remains humid throughout the year as it is situated beside the sea.