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Puri Travel Guide

A quaint old town with little else to sell than an ancient religious heritage as one of Hindu India’s four most sacred Hindu pilgrimages, Puri is a rambling seaside town on the eastern coast of Orissa overlooking the Bay of Bengal. Puri attracts visitors and lulls them into a soporific trance, a state of mind popularly known as “Puri Paralysis”. Its other major claim to fame is that it is the home of the Lord of the World, Lord Jagannath, whose awesome chariot procession through the streets gave English language, the word "juggernaut", the unstoppable force.

The ‘Rath Yatra’ or chariot procession is the only frenzied activity that transpires here when the gods who reside in the Jagannath Temple are ceremoniously transported to a garden retreat and the town is flooded by vast multitudes of people who travel to Puri seeking salvation.

Puri better known as Jagannath Puri is home to the Lord of the World, Lord Jagannath. So a trip without visiting the famed Jagannath Temple would be considered a waste.

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