Jagannath Temple - Nearby Places
There are many temples and other places that can be visited in as well as outside Puri. People can go to these places through local transport. These places are nearby Jagannath Temple. Some of them are as follows −
Konark Sun Temple
Konark Sun Temple was built in 13th century most probably by Narnimhadeva I who belonged to Ganga dynasty. The shape of the temple is like a huge chariot with wheels, pillars and walls. The temple was built on the banks of river Chandrabhaga.
There are twelve pairs of stone wheels and the width of each of them is 3m. There are seven horses which are shown as if they are pulling the chariot. The temple is 30km away from Jagannath Temple.
Suna Goswami Math
Suna Goswami Math is one of the popular maths of Orissa and India where many festivals are celebrated. Chandan Yatra, Snana Purnima, and Agni Utsava are some of them. During the festival of Chandan Yatra, ornaments are distributed among the devotees. These ornaments are made up of flowers. Panti bhoga is made on the occasion of Agni Utsava.
Atharnala bridge is a popular tourist attraction which was built in 13th century to develop transport system. The bridge was used to cross the Mandupur stream. The dimensions of the bridge is 85m x 11m. Now also people come here and offer prayer.
Puri beach is considered as one of the beautiful beaches of India. It is a good picnic spot as many people come to the beach daily for their enjoyment. The beach is situated in Bay of Bengal and is popular for sunrise and sunset. Puri festival is organized in the month of November and is the best time to visit the beach.
Gundicha Ghar Temple
Gundicha Ghar Temple is very popular temple of Puri as it is compared with the Jagannath Temple. According to Hindu Mythology, the temple was a place where Gundicha, aunt of Lord Krishna, used to live and he comes and lives here for nine days during Rath Yatra. Idols of Lord Jagannath, Subhadra, and Balabhadra is also brought here during Rath Yatra.