Puri has drawn the outsider for ages. If it was the savants and seers looking for spirituals enlightenment in the gone by, it is the itinerant tourist looking for some fun and frolic on the beach today. Situated on the coast, facing the blue water of the Bay of Bengal, Puri attracts thousand of holiday – makes the year round . Wide beaches and a cool bracing climate make this seashore resort town an ideal place to spend a quiet weekend. for millions of Indians, however, the spirituals and religious aura of the place is the principal attraction. Every pious hindu wants to visit Puri at least once in his life time.
No map of Orissa would be complete without a sketch of Puri, its main center of pilgrimage and tourism. Here, around the ancient Jagannath temple, an entire race shares its living moments with its deity.
Eleven of thousand of people make a beeline to puri every year to witness the annual Rathyatra, perhaps the biggest religious spectacle on earth. the breathtaking sight of Lord Jagananth, the presiding deity of Puri and his siblings – Lord Balavadra and Godess Subhadra – atop that colorful chariots being drawn through the Grand Road by lakhs of frenzied devotees to the accompaniment of deafening chants and incessant beating of drums and cymbals is treat for the eyes and an experience of lifetime.