Shree Jagannathpuri is one of the pious pilgrimage tour destinations for Hindus, is also one of the four great Chardham situated at the shore of the city Bhuvneshwar in the Odisha an Indian state.
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.
The temple is sacred to all Hindus and especially in those of the Vaishnava traditions. Many great saints, such as Adi Shankaracharya, Ramananda & Ramanuja were closely associated with the temple. Ramanuja established the Emar Mutt near the temple and the Govardhan Mutt, which is the seat of one of the four Shankaracharyas is also located here. It is also of particular significance to the followers of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism whose founder, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was attracted to the deity, Jagannath, and lived in Puri for many years.
Day 1: – Arrival Puri
Upon your arrival at Puri, one of the sacred Dham of the All-India Chardham circuit, you’ll be greeted by our tour representative who then escorts you to the hotel. Check in, freshen up and later proceed to visit the auspicious Jagannath Dham. Post Darshan at Jagannath Dham, we move for visiting the Chilka Lake, the largest of all brackish water lagoons in the whole of Asia. The richness of biodiversity makes Chilka a renowned Ramsar zone. After returning from Chilka, you may use the leisure time to stroll on the Puri beaches. Back to hotel for dinner and night stay.
Day 2: – Rath Yatra Darshan
Day 2 is given to the viewing of the Rath Yatra festival, one of the most pompous spectacles on this earth. During Rath Yatra, the idols of Sri Jagannath ji, brother Balarama and sister Subhadra are brought out into the open from the Jagannath shrine; placed in their heavily decked chariots and taken out for procession through the Puri main road to Gundicha temple which is considered as Jagannath Ji’s aunt’s house where he along with his brother and sister, goes to spend a short vacation. Huge crowds gather at Puri during this time to have a glimpse of this holy spectacle and feel blessed. You too can be a part of these festivities! After viewing the Rath Yatra, we come back to hotel for dinner & night stay.
Day 3: – Puri-Konark
Next day we leave for Konark post breakfast and en route visit the famed crafts village of Raghurajpur where you get to witness some very traditional and spectacular crafts tussar paintings, palm leaf artistic engravings, Papier Mache play toys and stone carvings. After visit to Raghurajpur, we drive straight to Konark, check into hotel and relax for few hours after which we proceed for a sightseeing of Konark. The main places covered are Konark sun temple or black pagoda which is a world heritage site; then the Archaeological Survey of India Museum and the famous Chandrabhaga beach where the waters are believed to possess great leprosy-healing powers. Back to hotel for dinner and night stay.
Day 4: – Konark-Bhubaneshwar
Next day after breakfast we hit the road for Bhubaneshwar and en route, we visit some very renowned places like Pipli, Dhauli hills and Chausathi Jogini (Yogini) Temple. Pipali is known enough for the enticing appliqué work craft. Dhauli hill is well known for Ashoka’s rock edicts and the beautiful white pagoda. Chausathi Yogini temple is well known for the tantric Puja of Ma Kali. After visiting the above places, we head straight to Bhubaneshwar and check into hotel for dinner and night stay.
Day 5: – At Bhubaneshwar
Next day is given to exploring Orissa’s capital city Bhubaneshwar. Bhubaneshwar often enjoys the metaphor of the ‘country’s temple city’ and has a 3000 years old history. The places we cover during the Bhubaneshwar sightseeing include Lingaraj temple, Rajarani temple, Ananta Vasudeva temple, Udayagiri-Khandagiri caves, Nandankanan zoological park. Back to hotel for dinner and night stay.
Day 6: – Bhubaneshwar Departure
Next morning you’ll be transferred to Bhubaneshwar airport/rail station where our representative sees you off and you proceed for your onward journey back home with lots of pleasant memories of the tour.
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