The world famous Jagannath Temple is situated in Puri, Orissa. Built on a gigantic platform, the temple is enclosed by seven-meter high compound walls. The platform contains 420,000 sq ft area. There are four gates pierced on the walls fitting four gated entrances on four directions.
East-facing gate is installed with stone images of two lines and called as the Lion Gate. Other gates are Elephant Gate at the North, Horse Gate towards the West and Tiger or Khanja Gate towards the West.
North Gate is usually accessed during Navakelevara ceremony. The gate is fabricated with images sculpted with logs of wood.
Lions Gate is the main gate with a pyramidal structure, common for the other three and not so old. There is a monolithic pillar in front of the Lions Gate, which was taken from Konark Temple and installed here as the Konark temple was abandon with no deity in it. The pillar is known as Aruna Stambha. Aruna is the charioteer of Lord Aditya or the Sun God.
Baisi Pahaca, a flight of steps are seen proceeding towards the temple from the main gate with 22 steps. A custom followed here is that parents roll their children over these steps from top to bottom to seek spiritual bliss on them. Countless devotees walk on these steps that has throbbed spiritual wellness.
There is a vast kitchen here considered as the biggest hotel of the world. It is a major source of attraction. The kitchen has sitting area where it can serve 100,000 devotees within 2-3 hours time. Food are prepared hygiene on a traditional note and a must have.
Within the temple premises, there is a food market, colloquially known as Ananda Bajara or the pleasure market. It is located to the right of the kitchen.
How to reach
By Air: Bhubaneswar Airport (BBI) is 60 kms from Puri.
By Rail: Puri Railway station has a good rail network that connects to New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and many other cities.
By Road: Public transport facilities are available from Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. There are also direct buses from Kolkatta and Vishakhapatanam.
Style : Dravidian Architecture
|Sri Dibyasingha Deb, Gajapati Maharaja||Chairman|
|Sri Asit Kumar Tripathy||I.A.S. Additional Chief Secretary To Government, Home Department And Working Chairman, Shree Jagannath Temple Managing Committee, Puri|
|Sri Pradeep Kumar Jena,||I.A.S.,Principal Secretary, Water Resources Department And Chief Administrator|
|Sri Aravind Agrawal||I.A.S., Collector, Puri & Deputy Chief Administrator|
|Dr. Sarthak Sarangi||I.P.S., Superintendent Of Police , Puri, Member|