Char Dham Pilgrimage to Shree Jagannath Temple

Shree Jagannath Temple, or Jagannath Puri Temple, is the famous Hindu pilgrimage temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath.  Jagannath Temple is located in the coastal town of Puri, in Odisha, India.

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Puri Jagannath Temple

Jagannath means ‘Lord of the Universe’ in  Sanskrit. Puri Jagannath Temple is important, particularly to Lord Krishna and Vishnu’s worshipers. Puri Jagannath Temple is part of the Char Dham pilgrimage or Chardham, which a Hindu is expected to make in one’s lifetime. Char means four in the Hindi language. The four  Hindu temples in the Char Dham package tour are Rameswaram, Badrinath, Dwarka, and this temple at Puri.

The temple is sacred to the Vaishnavites. Gaudiya Vaishnavism’s founder, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was attracted to the Puri deity. He lived in Puri for many years. Jagannath Puri Temple is the only temple in India where Lord Krishna’s sister, Goddess Subhadra, is work-shipped. Goddess Subhadra along with her brothers Lord Krishna and Lord Balabhadra are worshipped here. Lord Krishna is worshipped as Lord Jaganatha in this temple.

The annual Puri Rath Yatra, or Chariot Festival, since medieval times, is very famous and attracts millions of devotees. The three main deities, Jagannath, Balabhadra, and the goddess Subhadra, are taken as a procession in this festival. Names like Gundicha Jatra, Ghosa Jatra, Dasavatara Jatra, Dasavatara Jatra, and Jagannath Rath Yatra are used for the annual procession.

Entry Restrictions at Jagannath Puri Temple

Practising Hindus of non-Indian descent and Hindus of non-Indian origin are excluded from entering the temple premises. Those who are denied entry can view God Jagannath from the roof of the nearby Raghunandan Library at the main entrance to the temple.

How Do I Go to Shree Jagannath Temple?

Puri is an important terminus among the railway stations in India, one kilometer north of the town. There are direct trains to most parts of India from Puri. The railway station code for Puri is ‘PURI’, on the website of the Official railway ticket booking site,

There are direct bus services to KolkottaVisakhapatnam, and many other cities. Frequent buses are there to nearby cities of  Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Cycle rickshaws are available. You can hire a bicycle or a motorcycle and go around the city.

Bhubaneswar Airport is the nearest airport to Shree Jagannath Temple, 60 kilometers away.


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