Travelogue by Rogen
Puri - Travelogue by Rogen Joseph
From my home town in Kottayam, Kerala i reserved a seat in train running Kolkatta direction and drop down at Khurda Road Junction railway station in Odisha. Trains to Puri are bifurcated from Khurda Road Jn. I catch another train to Puri from Khudra. I reach Puri with in two hours. Puri is the seashore town in Odisha. I reach near Jagannat Temple by giving 20 rs to cycle rickshaw.
Now i'm standing in front of...i repeat infront of (not inside) Jagannath temple in Puri, Odisha. Puri is situated 96 km away from Bhubaneswar, capital of Odisha.
And the above board clearly mentions only hindus are allowded to enter inside. Shoes, Belts, Camera and Mobile are banned inside. I also watch from outside see pilgrims entering inside affter security check.
Shree Jagannath Puri Temple of the east is one of the four most sacred pilgrimage places (dhams) of Hindus. The other three being Badrinath in the north, Dwarka in the west, Rameshwaram in the south. Jagannath temple was onstructed in 11th century and is the starting point of the world famous Rath Yatra held in July.
And for my readers, Jagannath temple witness a large pilgrim crowd that throng the temple almost throughout the year. Beware about harassment of pilgrims by pandas of the temple. Also better to avoid dharshan without quee offer by local people. Since photography not permitted inside better to keep your smartphones inside your vechicles.
After tea and some snacks, i proceeded to Puri beach. The beach is very famous for pilgrims coming to pay homage to Lord Jagannath. It is just 2 km away from Railway Station. It is on the shore of the Bay of Bengal. The beach hosts sand art displays and is the site for annual Puri beach festival.
I walk through the sandy beaches in Puri and wash my Legs. It seems clock runs fast while sitting in beach enjoyining the beauty of area. I went to Puri bus station and catch bus to Konark. My next destination is Konark Sun Temple.