This was our first visit to the Eastern part of India. Looking back, it was a great experience having darshan of Lord Jagannath in the Jagannath Puri temple.
Jagannath Puri temple is one of the four most important Vishnu temples of India.
Jagannath Puri is famous for its popular Rath Yatra, a large procession of Lord Jagannath with His sister Subhadra and elder brother Balaram.
Being ‘Vaishnavas’, we are not only interested in visiting these sacred places, but consider it our duty too. Being Gujaratis and living in Gujarat, we have visited Dwarka earlier. Jagannath Puri was the second of the four Vishnu temples to be visited.
On the 25th of December we landed in Bhubaneswar. From the airport we opted for a taxi as suggested by Yatradham.Org (Our tour facilitator) and went straight to the dharamshala we had booked through them.
We reached Jagannath Puri by evening and were soon comfortably settled in the lodgings we had arranged for the first night. Not only was our dharamshala very neat and clean, it was economical and the food there was awesome! A big advantage was its location – in the main market. We went out later in the evening for our first look at the city.
Early next morning we first shifted to another newly developed dharamshala nearer the temple, where we were to spend two nights. This too had been arranged by Yatradham. After settling in we went straight off to the temple. After darshan we had Prasadam of ‘Khichdi’, which is known as Anand Prasadam. Sitting on the ground in the temple compound and having the Prasadam (Bhojan) was an unforgettable moment of our lives.
After that we hired a big auto rickshaw and set off to visit Konark Sun temple and Chandrabhaga beach.
Two of the photos we clicked on our visit to Konark temple –
On the third day, after darshan of Lord Jagannath at the temple, we headed to Puri beach. We spent the day relaxing and enjoying the cool sea breeze.
On the fourth day we hired a taxi and set off for Bhubaneswar. We stayed here for one night and a day. In the morning we went for darshan of the famed Linga temple. Later we visited one of the biggest handicraft exhibitions in Bhubaneswar.
Now our trip is over and we are back home. The trip was thoroughly enjoyable and an unforgettable experience. We made our bookings through Yatradham.Org, and we would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to them for making our trip hassle free. They were with us all through the trip.