is a city and a municipality in the eastern state of Odisha. Situated in the Bay of Bengal, 60 kilometres south of the state capital Bhubeneshwar, this city is also known as Jagannath after the Jagannath Temple located in the city.
enjoys smooth connectivity via roads, rail and air services. It is connected to Kolkata
via a broad gauge railway line of the South Eastern Railways. 03 links it with Bhubaneshwar, while 03 B connects the city with Satapada
via Brahmagiri. It is well-connected to Konark via the Marine Drive
, which is part of 03 A. The closest airport is the Biju ik International Airport at Bhubaneshwar. Puri
also features amongst the cities chosen under HRIDAY (Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana) which aims to improve sanitation, roads, and other infrastructural facilities which will definitely improve tourism in these cities. As far as social infrastructure is concerned, the city is home to a number of schools and institutions for higher education.
The real estate of the city is gradually growing to be a significant contributor to the economy. Several tenements and apartment enclaves are being launched by various developers. Bata Mangala
, and Sipasurubili
are the top locations to look for property in Puri
. Sipasirubili Mouza
also host upcoming projects.
The 12th century Jagannath Temple is one of the major Hindu temples, which makes this city one of the original Char Dhaam pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Built in the Kalinga style of architecture, the temple with its religious significance is the predominant driving force behind the economy of Puri
. The five sacred water bodies that comprise the Pancha Tirtha of Puri
are the Indrayumana Tank, the Kunda, the Markandeya Tank, the Swetaganga Tank, and the Bay of Bengal. Other
places of interest include Gundicha Temple, Swargadwar, Puri
beach, District Museum, and Raghunandana Library. Amongst the 24 festivals that Puri
witnesses every year, the most important one is Rath Yatra, which is attended by more than 1 million people. The other noteworthy events include Chhera Pahara, Chandan Yatra, Snana Yatra, Anavasara, Naba Kalebara, Suna Besha, udra Arati, etc. These festivals held in the temple complex are attended by millions of people every year. The Beach Festival and the Shrekshetra Utsav are the annual religious festivals of the city that involve a host of cultural activities.