18 Facts About Puri


Puri is a coastal city and a municipality in the state of Odisha in eastern India.

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Puri is known by several names since the ancient times, and was locally known as "Sri Kshetra" and the Jagannath temple is known as "Badadeula".

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Economy of Puri is dependent on the religious importance of the Jagannath Temple to the extent of nearly 80 percent.

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Puri has been chosen as one of the heritage cities for Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India.

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Puri is a significant part of the "Krishna pilgrimage circuit" which includes Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana, Gokula, Govardhan, Kurukshetra and Dwarka.

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In Sanskrit, the word "Puri" means town or city, and is cognate with polis in Greek.

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Puri is the site of the Govardhana Matha, one of the four cardinal institutions established by Adi Shankaracharya, when he visited Puri in 810 AD, and since then it has become an important dham for the Hindus; the others being those at Sringeri, Dwarka and Jyotirmath.

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Puri spent many years as a devotee of Jagannatha at Puri; he is said to have merged with the deity.

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In 1906, Sri Yukteswar, an exponent of Kriya Yoga and a resident of Puri, established an ashram, a spiritual training center, named "Karar Ashram" in Puri.

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Puri died on 9 March 1936 and his body is buried in the garden of the ashram.

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People of Puri, Jagannatha, visualized as Krishna, is synonymous with their city.

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Puri has been chosen as one of the heritage cities for the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of the Indian Government.

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Puri, located on the east coast of India on the Bay of Bengal, is in the centre of the Puri district.

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Puri is in the coastal delta of the Mahanadi River on the shores of the Bay of Bengal.

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Economy of Puri is dependent on tourism to the extent of about 80 percent.

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Jagannath Temple at Puri is one of the major Hindu temples built in the Kalinga style of architecture.

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Broad gauge railway line of the South Eastern Railways which connects Puri with Calcutta, and Khurda is an important railway junction on this route.

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Puri established the Golden Sand Art Institute in 1995, in the open air on the shores of Bay of Bengal, to provide training to students interested in this art form.

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