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Jagannath Temple
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Private Excursion to Puri from Bhubaneswar
Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in Puri
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 9 November 2017

This is one of the Char Dhams. The architecture is exquisite, and awe inspiring. Best time to visit the temple is early in the morning (around 5 am), as it is least crowded then.

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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Must visit temple for once in lifetime . It’s very busy especially that I went on Sunday and a Purnima day. Beware of the Pandit’s

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

The ambience of temple can heal you to deep within. Moreover the four stage temple architecture is one of its kind to visit for sight seers. "Anand bazar" has been one of my favourite place in the temple where can feel the divine taste of various foods and the "Abadha" served in pots since ancient times. Overall enriching experience one spend whole day if one is seeking for peace and tranquility.

Thank Harishankara
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Reviewed 4 November 2017

The Jagannath Temple is the epitome of Kalinga Architecture in Orissa. Built in the 12th century, the temple was built after the Lingaraja Temple and follows a step up in the same architectural style. It's a beautiful and quite a large temple, and one the major temples for the Hindus. Foreigners aren't allowed. You are also not allowed to carry any sort of cameras, mobile phones, leather items etc. so these can be stored outside safely. The dresscode is pretty lax, no headgear allowed and no restriction on short sleeves.

However, the temple is not everyone's cup of tea. It is a very busy temple and there is a lot of hustle and bustle, particularly within the darshan hall. Please be careful as there are a lot of panda's (local pandits) who might chase you to get their darshan done through them. Don't, as they then charge a lot of money later. Also be careful if someone tried to offer you bangles or likewise for giving the deity, don't even touch that. They will first hand it to you and then ask big amounts for the same.

As for timings, I would say go early (7-8 AM) to avoid the crowd or even visit at night (9PM).

Recommended: Not for everyone, but I personally loved roaming the streets of Puri and seeing their local art. A lot of houses have these small paintings of Jagannath outside their houses and there are all these hidden gems between. I would recommend asking someone to drop you at the Dakshin Dwar (west gate). The auto's drop you some 200 mts from the gate and you can walk along the street exploring the above. However, the street is narrow and dirty, might not be everyone's cup of tea. While you are there, get yourself some Chenna Poda (only available in Puri, it's a local delicay made from Cottage Cheese).

Interesting fact: Few years ago, the whole temple was covered with plaster to prevent the corrosion caused by the sea wind, which ended up resulting in most of the beautiful stonework being hidden under the horrible plain plaster. ASI is now continuously working and the plaster is being removed. As you roam around in the temple, you can see the plastering being removed. I found it very interesting. They now spray it with a special liquid that prevents corrosion for 3-4 years.

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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

As this was Kartiki Purnima day big queue was there for entry. Crowd was not under control of security force also.
Though we got good view of Jagannathji from main temple.
One can purchase Prasad from authorised counter of temple.
Must visit place at puri,

Thank gaurav4321
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