This temple is dedicated to the Lord Jagannath a form of Lord Vishnu was build by the great King Indradyumna this temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra or Chariot festival in which three main deities are pulled on a huge rath decorated in temples shape.
This huge and gorgeous temple holds a great importance in Hinduism and especially to those belonging to Vaishnavism. The lives of many great philosophers or saintslike Ramanuja, AdiShankaracharya, and Ramananda are associated with the history of this pilgrimage. It is believed that the Emar Mutt was established by Ramanuja near the temple and also the Govardhan Mutt which is one for the prime seats of Shankaracharya is also located in the same region. History states that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who was the founder of Vaishnavism tradition was attracted to this divine place and spent a great part of his life at Jagannath.
Also called as Chariot Festival, Dasavatara, Navadina Yatra, and Gundicha Yatra, Rath Yatra is one of the most awaited festivals celebrated annually in the state of Orissa. Being an important pilgrimage of the Char Dham circuit, Puri is known for its high tourism rate throughout the year but in June and July, there is a sudden increase in the Puri tourism rate. There is a belief in Hinduism that Lord Krishna seeks to visit Mathura, his birthplace and this is why there is a yatra organized every year from Jagannath Temple to Gundicha Temple. During this entire procession, the wooden idols of three deities are carried from Jagannath Temple to Gundicha Temple in Puri. If you are also looking forward to attending this annual celebration then browse our Puri Rath Yatra Special tour package and participate in this grand procession of carrying idols from one place to another.