I have planned to visit a new destination in October…That is Puri because I love travelling and exploring new places. Travelling is my passion, whenever I get time, just take my luggage and ready for going to some new destination. Travelling opens our minds and to travel from one place to another place giving a pleasure. By travelling, we can get knowledge and experience.
Travelling plays an important role in making us feel relaxed and rejuvenated. It also brings positive change in our life and keeps us alive and active. Travelling give us practical experiences of new things.
Nowadays, many people like travelling as they want to explore the world and watch everything as they have read in books and seeing on TV.
Here, I am taking you to Odisha. Odisha was formerly known as Orissa, which is located in Eastern India. The language of Odisha is Oriya which is one of the classical languages of India.
Puri is a Holy place, which is in Odisha state. Odisha is enriched with luxuriant forests, beautiful Lakes, wide-ranging flora and fauna, exquisite handicrafts, bracing sea resorts, beautiful waterfalls etc which are attractive places for tourists.
There are so many tourists places in Odisha. The Lord Jagannath temple at Puri, Konark sun temple, Lingaraj temple at Bhubaneswar all are the Golden triangles of Odisha.
1) Lord Jagannath temple — The temple of Lord Jagannath at Puri is one of the four many holy centres of India. It is about 214 feet high. The present temple of Lord Jagannath began in the 12th century AD during the reign of Chodaganga Devi and completed by King Ananga Bhima Deva.
2) The Rath Yatra ( car festival) — The rath yatra of Lord Jagannath is held in June – July month every year. On the car festival day, the three wooden deities are taken out from the temple and placed in their respective chariots then drawn to the Gundicha Ghar temple for a seven days sojourn.
The presiding deities in the temple of Jagannath are Lord Balabhadra, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Jagannath. The three deities are known as Trimurti.
3) Gundicha Ghar temple – the Gundicha Ghar is a much sanctum when the deities from the main temple are brought for one week during the Rath yatra festival. It is also known as the house of Lord Jagannath’s aunt.
4) Lokanath temple – Sri Lokanath is the guardian deity of Lord Jagannath temple’s treasure house. So, he is also known as Bhandar Lokanath also.
When we travelled around the world, we wanted to go on a big adventure, worthy of such a great trip.
5) sea beach, Puri – this is a beautiful sea beach which is also called Mahodadhi. It is the Bay of Bengal. The Puri sea beach is popularly known as the Golden Beach. It is the pleasant and joy for sunbathers and swimmers.
6) Narendra tank, Puri – it is one of the Holy tank. The Chandra yatra festival beginning from Akshaya Trutiya of the month of April- May continue at this tank for 21 years.
7) The Sun temple, Konark– it is also known as Black Pagoda. The height of this temple is 228 feet. It is beautiful architecture and sculpture place, there is a sheer poetry in stone. This temple is fitted with 24 wheels and 7 horses.
8) Chilka lake– It is the largest island lake in India. This lake is rich in aquatic fauna and migratory avian species. It is also a paradise for bird watchers. This lake is around 105 km.
9) The Sun God of Konark— There are three forms of Sun God. The southern side of God is called as Rising Sun, the Western side of God is called Midday Sun and the northern side of God is called Setting Sun.
10) Dhauligiri, Bhubaneswar – it is situated on the banks of the river Diya. The Shanti stupa of peace is built by the Japanese in the 3rd century of B.C.
11) Nandan Kanan zoo— it is one of India’s finest zoo. Royal Bengal tiger can be seen here. Tourists are taken in a coach to the 50 acres lion safari park.
Life is short and the world is wide
Except these all places, Mukteshwar temple, Lingaraj temple, Khandagiri caves are the most attractive and tourists attractions.
Santolla is the main food dishes here. Chenna jalebi is also famous. Apart from many of the popular things to buy are Jewelers made of metal, Hand paintings, Handcrafted wooden items, stone carvings. If you are a foodie, then you will like Rasagulla, the fresh river fish and chenna poda.
Odisha is a confluence of the Aryan, Dravidian and Adivasi cultures. Most festivals in the State bring out some part of these cultures and celebrate their religion by way of festivals which is going to be the entire year.
So, at least, I am saying that
Never get so busy, making a living that you forget to make a life.
I hope, all of you will agree with me and ready for a trip.
Dr S. K.jha