Jagannath Puri Dham Yatra July-2024

4 Days

Overview

Puri Jagannath Temple Odisha is known as the land of Lord Jagannath meaning the Lord of the Universe. Shree Jagannath Temple of Puri is one of the most important temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a form of Lord Vishnu, in Puri in the state of Odisha .The greatest attraction of Puri is the world famous temple of Jagannatha. It is known by many , names, viz., the Puri temple, the Srimandira, the Bada Deu1a or simply, the Jagannatha temple.The temple of Jagannatha is one of the tallest monuments in the entire. sub-continent of India and its height is about 214 feet from the ground (road) level. It stands on a ‘raised platform of stone, measuring about ten acres. It. is located in the hear! of the town and presents an imposing sight. The temple is bounded by two compound walls, the outer one known as Meghanada Pracira & the inner one known as Kurma Pracira. The present temple was built in the 12th century A.D. The temple structure is full of excellent carvings and lovely pieces of sculpture and is a fine specimen of Kalinga style of architecture. It is now maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. Only orthodox Hindus are allowed to enter into the Temple. But the others can see portions of the enclosure from the top of the Emar Matha building, located near the east facing gate of the temple.

The main temple in Puri located on a gigantic raised platform. believed to be the base of a small hill known as Nilagiri or Blue hill is surrounded by about 30 other temples dedicated to various gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. The kitchen of the Puri temple evokes a sense of wonder in any body from any portion of the world, who come to know of it. Within a short notice of a few hours, the temple can lavishly feed with first-class boiled rice & dishes of different tastes to thousands of people at a time. It is perhaps the biggest hotel of the world.

Rath Yatra The largest crowd in Puri is seen during the Car Festival of Jagannatha which takes place every year in June-July. Jagannatha of Puri is strikingly different from all other deities worshipped by the entire Hindu world, mainly for the reason that Jagannatha represents all the gods and goddesses known to the entire Hindu world, either directly or indirectly. He is considered to be the highest object of worship by the followers of all the religious cults that come within the purview of Hinduism. For example, he is Siva for a Saivite, Ganapati for a Ganapatya, Kalika for a Sakta and so on and so forth. This kind of integration of religious cults and creeds belonging to Hinduism is not to be seen anywhere else.

Jagannatha represents an integration of all important Hindu cultures which flourished in India, namely, the Vedic, the Puranic, the Tantric, the Smarta and the Vaisnava, along with Jainism, Buddhism and that of the aboriginal tribes. The Vaisnavas of all schools, i.e., Ramanuja, Nimbarka, Caitanya or Mlidhva Goudiya, Radha Vallabhl, Atibadi Odisi – all have great faith in Jagannatha. The Mahaprasada (the offerings to the deities in the Puri temple) is a wonder of the Hindu world in as much as it is free from any kind of discrimination pertaining to the castes of India. Persons of all castes do partake Mahaprasada from the same plate without the least hesitation.

Since the days of first Sri Shankaracharya who visited Puri perhaps by 810 A.D. and founded the govardhana Matha, Puri has gained special significance as one of the four dhamas of India known as Chardham. The actual Char Dham in India refers to the bigger circuit of Chardham which includes the four most holy pilgrimage of Hinduism in India, which are Badrinath, Dwarka, Rameswaram, and Puri. These holy places are located at the four corners of the India Badrinath in North, Dwarka in West, Puri in East and Rameswaram in South corner of the Indian landscape Jagannath Temple is the eastern dhama and one of the four Sri Shankaracharya of lndia stays here.It is believed that, there were 752 Mathas i.e., religious endowments, constituting institutions for the study and propagation of religious creeds in Puri. But now, about a dozen of them deserve mention.

The second great attraction of Puri is the sea beach acclaimed to be one of the best sea beaches of the world. A number of beach complexes have developed on the sea at Puri & nearby. The sea at Puri is shallow and is therefore, highly suitable for sea-bath. But on particular days of the year, care should be taken to avoid a rush against the waves. The nolias (fisherman of the sea) will help in taking bath in the sea.To enable thousands of people to take bath at a time, there are four big sacred tanks in Puri. They are :-

Indradyumna , Narendra , Markanda ,Svetaganga

The Narendra in particular is associated with the famous Chandana Yatra of Jagannatha.Puri is an epitome of Indian philosophy,culture and religion known as Hinduism and a visit to this ancient city is arewarding experience.

 

Sakshi Gopal Temple– There is a story behind the Sakshi Gopal temple. It is said that a young boy fell in love with a girl, in a small village in Odissa. He was poor, while the girl was the daughter of the village headman. They did not find the headman’s consent in their marriage. It disheartened the young couple. Later, the entire village had to go for a pilgrimage to Kashi. On the way, the headman fell ill, and the villagers abandoned him. However, the young man stayed back and nursed the headman back to health. In gratitude, the headman agreed to give his daughter’s hand in marriage. However, as soon as they returned to the village, he reneged on his promise. He told the young man to produce a witness to support his claim.

The poor boy prayed to the Lord, and Krishna, in the form of Gopal, the cowherd, appeared to him. He agreed to come as his witness but with a condition. The young boy was to walk ahead, and Gopal would follow. But if he looked back, Gopal would stop where he was. The young boy agreed. He led the way towards his village keeping an ear out for the sound of following footsteps. As they walked over a sandy part, he couldn’t hear the footsteps, and in an anxious moment, he looked back. Lord Krishna at once turned into stone. The poor boy was devastated. However, he ran to the village and brought the villagers back with him. They were stunned to see the life-like statue of Gopal and agreed to get the couple married. They also built the first temple to the Lord here, calling him ‘Sakshi Gopal,’ meaning the Lord who was a witness.

This temple was built in the 11th century. Krishna, in the form of Gopal, looks ethereal, and on his side stands Radha. This bronze idol of Radha was installed later since it is believed that Krishna should have Radha by his side.

Today people believe that the Lord is still present here, withnessing all the events.

 

The Kshira-chora Gopinatha temple is in Remuna, a small town located 9 km from the nearest railway station, Balasore, midway between Puri and Kolkata.

About six hundred years ago, the Deity of Gopinatha here had stolen a pot of sweet rice for Madhavendra Puri, a great Vaishnava sannyasi and the originator of the Madhva-Gaudiya-sampradaya. Therefore, the Lord here became very famous as Kshira-chora, the thief who stole the sweet rice.

To the right of Gopinatha is the Deity of Govinda and on the left, Madana-mohana. These two Deities were brought from Vrindavana in 1938. There are also Deities of Radha Rasabihari, Lord Jagannatha, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and numerous salagrama shilas in the temple. It is said that Lord Rama carved the Deity of Gopinatha with His arrow and that Sita worshiped this Deity in Chitrakuta. King Langula Narasimha Deva of Utkal brought this Deity to Remuna in the 13th century from Chitrakuta, as instructed by the Lord in a dream and built a temple naming it Shri Gopinatha Mandir.

The present temple was renovated by Sri Rasikananda (a great devotee of Lord Krishna in the disciplic succession from Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) after the original temple was destroyed by a Muslim invasion. He recovered the Deity of Gopinatha which had been hidden in a pond near the temple at that time.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited this temple while travelling to Puri. You can have darshan of His lotus foot prints next to the Garuda-stambha. There is also the samadhi of Sri Rasikananda within the temple precincts.

Over 500 years ago, Madhavendra Puri established a Deity of Gopala on top of the Govardhana Hill in Vrindavana. Once Gopala Deity appeared in a dream to Madhavendra Puri and asked him to bring sandalwood pulp and camphor from Jagannatha Puri and apply it on the body of the Deity. Madhavendra Puri started his journey and reached Remuna on his way to Puri. He visited the temple of Gopinatha and felt blissful to have darshan of the Lord. He then asked a priest about the food that they offer to the Deity. The priest told him about the special sweet rice, as tasty as nectar, which they prepare for the offering.

Meanwhile sweet rice was brought before the Deity to be offered to the Lord. Madhavendra Puri desired to taste it thinking that he would also prepare similar food in Vrindavana and offer it to the Deity of Gopala. Then he immediately realized his offence that he had desired to taste the food before it was offered to the Lord. Repenting for his unholy thought, Madhavendra Puri left the temple and went to a vacant place for chanting the holy names of the Lord.

On that night, the temple priest saw in a dream Lord Gopinatha who asked him to go to Madhavendra Puri and give him the pot of sweet rice which He had hidden under His garments. The priest got up, found the pot of sweet rice and went to Madhavendra Puri with the pot. Madhavendra Puri became overwhelmed with ecstasy to learn everything from the priest. After taking prasadam, he continued his journey and reached Puri from where he collected sandalwood and camphor.

On his way back, Madhavendra Puri again came to Remuna. There again he had a dream in which the Gopala Deity at Vrindavana told him to grind the sandalwood into pulp, mix with camphor and apply it on the body of Gopinatha Deity. Lord Gopala said that He was non-different from the Deity of Gopinatha. Madhavendra Puri made all arrangements to carry out the order of Lord Gopala.

This tradition is being followed in the temple even today. During Chandana-yatra celebrations, chandana (sandalwood pulp) is applied on the chest of Madana-mohana, Govinda and Gopinatha Deities. On the day of Akshaya Tritiya, the bodies of the Deities are covered entirely with chandana.

Here you can get delicious kshira prasadam (sweet rice), called Amruta Keli. It is a preparation of condensed milk, cream and sugar with a sprinkling of raisins.

 

The Alarnath temple is a temple of Vishnu situated 25 kms away from Puri town and is believed to have been built by the rulers of Alwar, Rajasthan; hence the name Alwarnath or Alarnath.

Mythologically, in the Satya Yuga, Lord Brahma came down here and worshipped Lord Vishnu. Pleased with his worship, Lord Vishnu asked him to carve out a four handed deity out of black stone carrying a sankha, chakra, gada and padma in each hand. He also said that since Brahma had worshipped him there, the hill will be called Brahmagiri.

In around 1610 A.D., Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was at Puri and during the Anasara period he was unable to have his darshan. Legends have it that the Lord in the saint’s dream directed him to the Alarnath temple at Brahmagiri.

When Chaitanya Mahaprabhu reached Brahmagiri, in the black idol of Vishnu he could see Lord Jagannath himself, he did a sastang pranam (full body on the floor) respect and the stone melted from his blissful touch, that stone which bears the body impressions of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu can still be found today.

The belief that a darshan of Lord Alarnath during the Anasara period, is same as Lord Jagannath pulls a lot of devotees till today. During this time, the temple serves the famous kheeri bhoga (rice pudding) which is adored very much.

 

 Ananta Vasudeva Temple is one of the oldest and famous temples of Odisha. Located in Bhubaneswar, the temple lies close to the Bindu Sarovar and the Lingaraj Temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is among the few Vaishnavite shrines in the city. The deities worshiped at the shrine are Lord Vasudeva (Krishna), Lord Ananta (Balarama) and Goddess Shubhadra.

One of the highlights of the temple is its kitchen, where Mahaprasad popularly known as Abhada, is prepared in earthen pots using firewood and earthen stoves. This sacred temple food is first served to the deities and then to the devotees at Bhoga Bazaar, adjoining the shrine. The whole ambience is similar to Puri Jagannath Temple’s Ananda Bazaar.

Queen Chandrika Devi of the Eastern Ganga dynasty built the Ananta Vasudeva Temple in the 13th century. However, it is believed that an idol of Lord Vishnu was worshiped at the same place, prior to construction of the temple. In the late 17th century, the shrine was renovated by the Marathas, who by then had extended their reign till Odisha (erstwhile Kalinga).

The popular Hindu festival of Janmashtami – the birthday of Lord Krishna – is celebrated with vigor at the Ananta Vasudeva Temple. On this day, the temple is beautifully decorated with flowers and lights. Prayer chants and devotional songs played in the premises make the atmosphere quite spiritual. Thousands of devotees visit the temple on that day to worship Lord Krishna and offer milk, butter, sweet, curd and flowers as homage.

 

Lingaraj Temple– According to historical accounts, the Lingaraj Temple was built in the 11th century by Jajati Keshari, who was a Somvanshi king. However, there is a belief that the Swayambhu Shivalinga in the temple was worshiped even in the 7th century. As per mythological studies, the temple finds its name in Brahma Purana, which is an ancient Hindu scripture dedicated to Lord Brahma. An interesting aspect of the shrine is that it signifies the coming together of two major sects of Hinduism – Shaivism and Vaishnavism.

Every year, festivals like Mahashivaratri, Ashokashtami and Chandan Yatra are celebrated in the temple with loads of enthusiasm. Among these, Mahashivaratri is the most important one; it is celebrated in the Phalgun month of the Hindu calendar. On this day, thousands of devotees visit the temple to make offerings to Lord Shiva. Many devotees also keep fast through the day and break it at night, after a Mahadipa (big illuminated earthen lamp) is raised atop the temple.

Chandan Yatra is a 21-day festival that begins on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya. During this festival, the idols of the deities are taken to the Bindu Sarovar and a procession is performed in the water in beautifully decorated narrow boats called Chapa. The idols are then sanctified with Chandan (sandalwood paste) and water.

The annual Car Festival or Rath Yatra of Lord Lingaraj is called as Ashokashtami. It is celebrated with much fervor on the eight day of Chaitra month (March/April) as per the Hindu calendar. During the festival, the idol of Lord Lingaraj is taken to the Rameswar Temple (also called as Mausi Maa Temple) in a decorated chariot. The idol of the deity is brought back to the Lingaraj Temple after four days, following a ritual bath at the Bindu Sarovar. Devotees gather in large numbers to attend this festival and pay their homage.

 

 

Yatra Highlights

  • Jagannath Puri
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Alarnath
  • Sakshi Gopal
  • Remuna

Itinerary

Ahmedabad to Bhubaneshwar by Flight / Train

Visit Local Temples in Puri

Attending Jagannath-Baldeva-Subhadra Ratha Yatra

Visit Remuna Local Temples then Return to Puri

Visit Bhubaneshwar Local Temples Then Leave For Ahmedabad by Flight / Train

Yatra Cost Includes

  • All Days 3 times Sattvik Food (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
  • All Days Hotel Stay (Twin Sharing Ac Rooms)
  • All Local Travelling (AC Bus & Auto)

Extra Charges

  • Flight Charges (Ahmedabad to Bhubaneshwar to Ahmedabad)
  • Train Charges (Ahmedabad to Puri to Ahmedabad)

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Jagannath Puri Dham Yatra July-2024
From ₹21,000
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