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Puri
Puri
( listen (help·info)) is a city and a Municipality
Municipality
in the state of Odisha
Odisha
in eastern India. It is the district headquarters of Puri district
Puri district
and is situated on the Bay of Bengal, 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of the state capital of Bhubaneswar. It is also known as Sri Jagannath Dham after the 12th-century Jagannath Temple located in the city. It is one of the original Char Dham
Char Dham
pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Puri
Puri
is known by several names since the ancient times, and was locally known as "Sri Kshetra" and Lord Jagannath temple is known as "Badadeula". Puri
Puri
and the Jagannath Temple were invaded 18 times by Hindu and Muslim
Muslim
rulers, from the 4th century AD till the early 19th century with the objective of looting the treasures of the temple. Odisha, including Puri
Puri
and its temple, were part of British India
India
from 1803 till India
India
attained independence in August 1947. Even though princely states do not exist in India
India
today, the heirs of the Gajapati Dynasty of Khurda still perform the ritual duties of the temple. The temple town has many Hindu religious maths or monasteries. The economy of Puri
Puri
town is dependent on the religious importance of the Jagannath Temple to the extent of nearly 80 percent. The 24 festivals, including 13 major ones, held every year in the temple complex contribute to the economy; Ratha Yatra
Ratha Yatra
and its related festivals are the most important which are attended by millions of people every year. Sand art and applique art are some of the important crafts of the city. Puri
Puri
has been chosen as one of the heritage cities for Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) scheme of Government of India.

Contents

1 Geography and climate

1.1 Geography 1.2 Climate

2 History

2.1 Names in history 2.2 Ancient period 2.3 Medieval and early modern periods 2.4 Modern history

3 Demographics 4 Economy 5 City management and governance 6 Landmarks

6.1 Jagannatha
Jagannatha
Temple at Puri 6.2 The Pancha Tirtha of Puri 6.3 Gundicha Temple 6.4 Swargadwar 6.5 Beach 6.6 District museum 6.7 Raghunandana library

7 Festivals of Puri

7.1 Rath Yatra
Rath Yatra
at Puri 7.2 Chhera Pahara 7.3 Chandan Yatra 7.4 Snana Yatra 7.5 Anavasara or Anasara 7.6 Naba Kalebara 7.7 Suna Besha 7.8 Niladri Bije 7.9 Sahi yatra 7.10 Samudra Arati

8 Transport 9 Arts and crafts

9.1 Sand art 9.2 Appliqué
Appliqué
art

10 Culture 11 Education 12 Puri
Puri
people 13 References 14 Bibliography 15 External links

Geography and climate[edit] Geography[edit]

The Atharanala
Atharanala
Bridge dating back to the 16th century at the entrance of Puri

Puri, located on the east coast of India
India
on the Bay of Bengal, is in the centre of the Puri
Puri
district. It is delimited by the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, the Mauza Sipaurubilla on the west, Mauza Gopinathpur in the north and Mauza Balukhand in the east. It is within the 67 kilometres (42 mi) coastal stretch of sandy beaches that extends between Chilika Lake
Chilika Lake
and the south of Puri
Puri
city. However, the administrative jurisdiction of the Puri
Puri
Municipality
Municipality
extends over an area of 16.3268 square kilometres (6.3038 sq mi) spread over 30 wards, which includes a shore line of 5 kilometres (3.1 mi).[1] Puri
Puri
is in the coastal delta of the Mahanadi River
Mahanadi River
on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. In the ancient days it was near to Sisupalgarh (also known as "Ashokan Tosali"). Then the land was drained by a tributary of the Bhargavi River, a branch of the Mahanadi River. This branch underwent a meandering course creating many arteries altering the estuary, and formed many sand hills. These sand hills could be cut through by the streams. Because of the sand hills, the Bhargavi River, flowing to the south of Puri, moved away towards the Chilika Lake. This shift also resulted in the creation of two lagoons, known as Sar and Samang, on the eastern and northern parts of Puri
Puri
respectively. Sar lagoon has a length of 5 miles (8.0 km) in an east-west direction and a width of 2 miles (3.2 km) in north-south direction. The estuary of the Bhargavi River
Bhargavi River
has a shallow depth of just 5 feet (1.5 m) and the process of siltation continues. According to a 15th-century Odia writer Saraladasa, the bed of the unnamed stream that flowed at the base of the Blue Mountain or Neelachal was filled up. Katakarajavamsa, a 16th-century chronicle (c.1600), attributes filling up of the bed of the river which flowed through the present Grand Road, as done during the reign of King Narasimha
Narasimha
II (1278–1308) of Eastern Ganga dynasty.[2] Climate[edit] According to the Köppen–Geiger climate classification system the climate of Puri
Puri
is classified as Aw (Tropical savanna climate). The city has moderate and tropical climate. Humidity is fairly high throughout the year. The temperature during summer touches a maximum of 36 °C (97 °F) and during winter it is 17 °C (63 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1,337 millimetres (52.6 in) and the average annual temperature is 26.9 °C (80.4 °F). The weather data is given in the following table.[3][4]

Climate data for Puri

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) 26.8 (80.2) 28.4 (83.1) 30.2 (86.4) 31.4 (88.5) 32.5 (90.5) 31.8 (89.2) 30.6 (87.1) 31 (88) 31.6 (88.9) 31.7 (89.1) 29.4 (84.9) 27.2 (81) 30.22 (86.41)

Average low °C (°F) 17.7 (63.9) 20.4 (68.7) 24.1 (75.4) 25.9 (78.6) 27 (81) 27.1 (80.8) 26.6 (79.9) 26.5 (79.7) 26.5 (79.7) 24.8 (76.6) 20.4 (68.7) 17.1 (62.8) 23.68 (74.65)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 9 (0.35) 20 (0.79) 15 (0.59) 11 (0.43) 49 (1.93) 182 (7.17) 267 (10.51) 310 (12.2) 245 (9.65) 161 (6.34) 63 (2.48) 5 (0.2) 1,337 (52.64)

Source: [4]

History[edit] Main article: Timeline of Puri Names in history[edit] Puri, the holy land of Lord Jagannatha, also known by the popular vernacular name Shrikhetra, has many ancient names in the Hindu scriptures such as the Rigveda, Matsya purana, Brahma Purana, Narada Purana, Padma Purana, Skanda Purana, Kapila Purana
Kapila Purana
and Niladrimahodaya. In the Rigveda, in particular, it is mentioned as a place called Purushamandama-grama meaning the place where the Creator deity of the world – Supreme Divinity deified on an altar or mandapa was venerated near the coast and prayers offered with Vedic hymns. Over time the name got changed to Purushottama Puri
Puri
and further shortened to Puri, and the Purusha came to be known as Jagannatha. Sages like Bhrigu, Atri
Atri
and Markandeya
Markandeya
had their hermitage close to this place.[5] Its name is mentioned, conforming to the deity worshipped, as Srikshetra, Purusottama Dhāma, Purusottama Kshetra, Purusottama Puri
Puri
and Jagannath Puri. Puri, however, is the popular usage. It is also known by the geographical features of its location as Shankhakshetra
Shankhakshetra
(the layout of the town is in the form of a conch shell),[6] Neelāchala ("Blue mountain" a terminology used to name a very large sand lagoon over which the temple was built but this name is not in vogue), Neelāchalakshetra, Neelādri.[7] In Sanskrit, the word "Puri" means town or city,[8] and is cognate with polis in Greek.[9] Another ancient name is Charita as identified by General Alexander Cunningham of the Archaeological Survey of India, which was later spelled as Che-li-ta-lo by Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang. When the present temple was built by the Eastern Ganga king Anantavarman Chodaganga in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, it was called Purushottamkshetra. However, the Moghuls, the Marathas
Marathas
and early British rulers called it Purushottama-chhatar or just Chhatar. In Moghul
Moghul
ruler Akbar's Ain-i-Akbari
Ain-i-Akbari
and subsequent Muslim
Muslim
historical records it was known as Purushottama. In the Sanskrit drama Anargha Raghava Nataka as well, authored by Murari Mishra, a playwright, in the 8th century AD, it is referred to as Purushottama.[6] It was only after the 12th century AD that Puri
Puri
came to be known by the shortened form of Jagannatha
Jagannatha
Puri, named after the deity or in a short form as Puri.[7] It is the only shrine in India, where Radha, along with Lakshmi, Saraswati, Durga, Bhudevi, Sati, Parvati, and Shakti, abodes with Krishna, who is also known by the name Jagannath.[10] Ancient period[edit]

king Indradyumna
Indradyumna
of Ujjayani
Ujjayani
credited with building the original temple in 318 AD

According to the chronicle Madala Panji, in 318 AD, the priests and servitors of the temple spirited away the idols to escape the wrath of the Rashtrakuta king Rakatavahu.[11] In the temple's historical records it finds mention in the Brahma Purana
Brahma Purana
and Skanda Purana stating that the temple was built by the king Indradyumna, Ujjayani.[12] S. N. Sadasivan, a historian, in his book A Social History of India quotes William Joseph Wilkins, author of the book Hindu Mythology, Vedic and Purānic as stating that in Puri, Buddhism
Buddhism
was once a well established practice but later Buddhists
Buddhists
were persecuted and Brahmanism
Brahmanism
became the order of the religious practice in the town; the Buddha
Buddha
deity is now worshipped by the Hindus
Hindus
as Jagannatha. It is also said by Wilkinson that some relics of Buddha
Buddha
were placed inside the idol of Jagannath which the Brahmins claimed were the bones of Lord Krishna. Even during Maurya king Ashoka's reign in 240 BC, Kalinga was a Buddhist center and that a tribe known as Lohabahu (barbarians from outside Odisha) converted to Buddhism
Buddhism
and built a temple with an idol of Buddha
Buddha
which is now worshipped as Jagannatha. Wilkinson also says that the Lohabahu deposited some Buddha
Buddha
relics in the precincts of the temple.[13] Construction of the Jagannatha
Jagannatha
Temple started in 1136 AD and completed towards the latter part of the 12th century. The Eastern Ganga king Anangabhima III dedicated his kingdom to Lord Jagannatha, then known as the Purushottam-Jagannatha, and resolved that from then on he and his descendants would rule under "divine order as Jagannatha's sons and vassals". Even though princely states do not exist in India
India
today, the heirs of the Gajapati dynasty of Khurda still perform the ritual duties of the temple; the king formally sweeps the road in front of the chariots before the start of the Ratha Yatra.[14] Medieval and early modern periods[edit] The history of Puri
Puri
is on the same lines as that of the Jagannath Temple, which was invaded 18 times during its history to plunder the treasures of the temple, rather than for religious reasons. The first invasion occurred in the 8th century AD by Rastrakuta king Govinda-III (798–814 AD), and the last took place in 1881 AD by the monotheistic followers of Alekh (Mahima Dharma) who did not recognise the worship of Jagannatha.[15] From 1205 AD onward [14] there were many invasions of the city and its temple by Muslims of Afghan and Moghul
Moghul
descent, known as Yavanas
Yavanas
or foreigners. In most of these invasions the idols were taken to safe places by the priests and the servitors of the temple. Destruction of the temple was prevented by timely resistance or surrender by the kings of the region. However, the treasures of the temple were repeatedly looted.[16] The table lists all the 18 invasions along with the status of the three images of the temple, the triad of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra following each invasion.[15]

Invasion number Invader (s), year (s) AD Local rulers Status of the three images of the Jagannath temple

1 Raktabahu or Govinda III
Govinda III
(798–814) of the Rashtrakuta Empire King Subhanadeva of Bhaumakara dynasty Idols shifted to Gopali near Sonepur. Was brought back to Puri
Puri
by Yayati I after 146 years and re-consecrated after performing Nabakalebara.[17]

2 Illias Shah, Sultan of Bengal, 1340 Narasinghadeva III Images shifted to a secret location.[18]

3 Feroz Shah Tughlaq, 1360 Ganga King Bhanudeva III Images not found, though rumored that they were thrown into the Bay Of Bengal.[18]

4 Ismail Ghazi commander of Alauddin Hussain Shah
Alauddin Hussain Shah
of Bengal, 1509 King Prataprudradeva Images shifted to Chandhei Guha Pahada near Chilika Lake.[18]

5 Kalapahara, army assistant general of Sulaiman Karrani of the Afghan Sultan of Bengal, 1568 Mukundadeva Harichandan Images initially hidden in an island in Chilika Lake. However, the invader took the idols from here to the banks of the Ganges River
Ganges River
and burnt them. Bisher Mohanty, a Vaishnavite saint, who had followed the invading army, retrieved the Brahmas and hid it in a drum at Khurdagada in 1575 AD and finally re-installed it in the deities. Deities were brought back to Puri
Puri
and consecrated in the Jagannath Temple.[19]

6 Suleman, the son of Kuthu Khan and Osman, the son of Isha (ruler of Orissa), 1592 Ramachandradeva, the Bhoi dynasty ruler of Khurda Revolt was by local Muslim
Muslim
rulers who desecrated the images.[20]

7 Mirza Khurum, the commander of Islam Khan I, the Nawab of Bengal, 1601 Purushottamadeva of Bhoi Dynasty Image moved to Kapileswarpur village by boat through the river Bhargavi and kept in the Panchamukhi Gosani temple. Thereafter, the deities were kept in Dobandha—Pentha.[20]

8 Hasim Khan, the Subedar of Orissa, 1608 Purushottam Deva, the King of Khurda Images shifted to the Gopal temple at Khurda and brought back in 1608.[20]

9 Hindu Rajput Jagirdar Kesodasmaru, 1610 Purusottamdeva, the king of Khurda Images kept at the Gundicha Temple
Gundicha Temple
and brought back to Puri
Puri
after eight months.[20]

10 Kalyan Malla, 1611 Purushottamadeva, the King of Khurda Images moved to 'Mahisanasi' also known as'Brahmapura' or 'Chakanasi' in the Chilika Lake
Chilika Lake
where they remained for one year.[21]

11 Kalyan Malla, 1612 Paiks of Purushottamadeva, the King of Khurda Images placed on a fleet of boats at Gurubai Gada and hidden under the 'Lotani Baragachha' or Banyan
Banyan
tree) and then at 'Dadhibaman Temple'.[22]

12 Mukarram Khan, 1617 Purushottama Deva, the King of Khurda Images moved to the Bankanidhi temple, Gobapadar and brought back to Puri
Puri
in 1620.[22]

13 Mirza Ahmad Beg, 1621 Narasingha Deva Images shifted to 'Andharigada' in the mouth of the river Shalia across the Chilika Lake. Moved back to Puri
Puri
in 1624.[23]

14 Amir Mutaquad Khan alias Mirza Makki, 1645 Narasingha Deva and Gangadhar Not known.[24]

15 Amir Fateh Khan, 1647 Not known Not known[24]

16 Ekram Khan and Mastram Khan on behalf of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, 1692 Divyasingha Deva, the king of Khurda Images moved to 'Maa Bhagabati Temple' and then to Bada Hantuada in Banpur across the Chilika Lake, and finally brought back to Puri
Puri
in 1699.[24]

17 Muhammad Taqi Khan, 1731 and 1733 Birakishore Deva and Birakishore Deva of Athagada Images moved to Hariswar in Banpur, Chikili in Khalikote, Rumagarh in Kodala, Athagada in Ganjam
Ganjam
and lastly to Marda in Kodala. Shifted back to Puri
Puri
after 2.5 years.[24]

18 Followers of Mahima Dharma, 1881 Birakishore Deva and Birakishore Deva of Athagada Images burnt in the streets. [25]

Puri
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 (divine centre) for the Hindus; the others being those at Sringeri, Dwarka
Dwarka
and Jyotirmath. The Matha
Matha
(monastery of various Hindu sects) is headed by Jagatguru Shankarachrya. It is a local belief about these dhams that Lord Vishnu takes his dinner at Puri, has his bath at Rameshwaram, spends the night at Dwarka
Dwarka
and does penance at Badrinath.[12][26] In the 16th century, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
of Bengal
Bengal
established the Bhakti
Bhakti
movements of India, now known by the name the Hare Krishna movement. He spent many years as a devotee of Jagannatha
Jagannatha
at Puri; he is said to have merged with the deity.[27] There is also a matha of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
here known as Radhakanta Math.[12] In the 17th century, for the sailors sailing on the east coast of India, the temple served as a landmark, being located in a plaza in the centre of the city, which they called the "White Pagoda" while the Konark
Konark
Sun Temple, 60 kilometres (37 mi) away to the east of Puri, was known as the "Black Pagoda".[27] The iconic representation of the images in the Jagannatha
Jagannatha
temple is believed to be the forms derived from the worship made by the tribal groups of Sabaras belonging to northern Odisha. These images are replaced at regular intervals as the wood deteriorates. This replacement is a special event carried out ritualistically by special group of carpenters.[27]

Govardhana matha
Govardhana matha
main gate

The city has many other Mathas as well. The Emar Matha
Matha
was founded by the Tamil Vaishnava saint Ramanujacharya
Ramanujacharya
in the 12th century AD. This Matha, which is now located in front of Simhadvara across the eastern corner of the Jagannath Temple, is reported to have been built in the 16th century during the reign of kings of Suryavamsi Gajapatis. The Matha
Matha
was in the news on 25 February 2011 for the large cache of 522 silver slabs unearthed from a closed chamber.[28][29] The British conquered Orissa in 1803, and, recognising the importance of the Jagannatha
Jagannatha
Temple in the life of the people of the state, they initially appointed an official to look after the temple's affairs and later declared the temple as part of a district.[14] Modern history[edit]

H.H Jagadguru Swami Nischalananda Saraswati, The Shankaracharya
Shankaracharya
of Puri

In 1906, Sri Yukteswar, an exponent of Kriya Yoga
Kriya Yoga
and a resident of Puri, established an ashram, a spiritual training center, named "Kararashram" in Puri. He died on 9 March 1936 and his body is buried in the garden of the ashram.[30][31] The city is the site of the former summer residence of British Raj, the Raj Bhavan, built in 1913–14 during the era of governors.[32] For the people of Puri, Lord Jagannatha, visualized as Lord Krishna, is synonymous with their city. They believe that Lord Jagannatha
Lord Jagannatha
looks after the welfare of the state. However, after the partial collapse of the Jagannatha
Jagannatha
Temple (in the Amalaka
Amalaka
part of the temple) on 14 June 1990, people became apprehensive and considered it a bad omen for Odisha. The replacement of the fallen stone by another of the same size and weight (7 tonnes (7.7 tons)), that could be done only in the early morning hours after the temple gates were opened, was done on 28 February 1991.[27] Puri
Puri
has been chosen as one of the heritage cities for the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of the Indian Government. It is chosen as one of the 12 heritage cities with "focus on holistic development" to be implemented within 27 months by the end of March 2017.[33] Non- Hindus
Hindus
are not permitted to enter the shrines but are allowed to view the temple and the proceedings from the roof of the Raghunandan library, located within the precincts of the temple, for a small donation.[34] Demographics[edit] See also: List of cities in Odisha According to the 2011 Census of India, Puri
Puri
is an urban agglomeration governed by the Municipal Corporation in Odisha
Odisha
state, with a population of 201,026[35] This rose to 200,564 in 2011 – comprising 104,086 males, 96,478 females, and 18,471 children (under six years of age). The sex ratio is 927. The average literacy rate in the city is 88.03 percent (91.38 percent for males and 84.43 percent for females). Economy[edit] The economy of Puri
Puri
is dependent on tourism to the extent of about 80 percent. The temple is the focal point of the city and provides employment to the people of the town. Agricultural production of rice, ghee, vegetables and so forth of the region meet the large requirements of the temple. Many settlements around the town exclusively cater to the other religious requirements of the temple.[36] The temple administration employs 6,000 men to perform the rituals. The temple also provides economic sustenance to 20,000 people.[34] According to Colleen Taylor Sen an author on food and travel, writing on the food culture of India, the temple kitchen has 400 cooks serving food to as many as 100,000 people,.[37] According to J Mohapatra, Director, Ind Barath Power Infra Ltd (IBPIL), the kitchen is known as "a largest and biggest kitchen of the world."[38] City management and governance[edit]

Samudra arati or worship of the sea at Swargadwar by disciples of the Govardhana matha

The Puri
Puri
Municipality, Puri
Puri
Konark
Konark
Development Authority, Public Health Engineering Organisation and Orissa Water Supply Sewerage Board are some of the principal organisations that are devolved with the responsibility of providing for civic amenities such as water supply, sewerage, waste management, street lighting and infrastructure of roads. The major activity, which puts maximum pressure on these organisations, is the annual event of the Ratha Yatra
Ratha Yatra
held during June- July. According to the Puri
Puri
Municipality
Municipality
more than a million people attend this event. Hence, development activities such as infrastructure and amenities to the pilgrims, apart from security, gets priority attention.[39] The civic administration of Puri
Puri
is the responsibility of the Puri Municipality. The municipality came into existence in 1864 in the name of the Puri
Puri
Improvement Trust, which was converted into Puri Municipality
Municipality
in 1881. After India's independence in 1947, the Orissa Municipal Act (1950) was promulgated entrusting the administration of the city to the Puri
Puri
Municipality. This body is represented by elected representatives with a Chairperson and councilors representing the 30 wards within the municipal limits.[40] Landmarks[edit]

jagannath temple

Jagannatha
Jagannatha
Temple at Puri[edit] Main article: Jagannath Temple (Puri)

Left: Jagannath Temple at Puri
Puri
Right: View of the temple at night

The Jagannatha
Jagannatha
Temple at Puri
Puri
is one of the major Hindu temples built in the Kalinga style of architecture.[41] The temple tower, with a spire, rises to a height of 58 metres (190 ft), and a flag is unfurled above it, fixed over a wheel (chakra).[34][42]

Left:Ritual chakra and flags at the top shikhara of Puri
Puri
temple of Jagannatha
Jagannatha
also related to Sudarsana chakra. The red flag (12 hand or 14 feet (4.3 m) denotes that Jagannath is within the temple.

Right: Statue of Aruna the charioteer of the Sun God on top of the Aruna Stambha in front of the Singhadwara

The temple is built on an elevated platform (of about 420,000 square feet (39,000 m2) area),[43] 20 feet (6.1 m) above the adjacent area. The temple rises to a height of 214 feet (65 m) above the road level. The temple complex covers an area of 10.7 acres (4.3 ha).[39] There are four entry gates in four cardinal directions of the temple, each gate located at the central part of the walls. These gates are: the eastern gate called the Singhadwara (Lions Gate), the southern gate known as Ashwa Dwara (Horse Gate), the western gate called the Vyaghra Dwara (Tigers Gate) or the Khanja Gate, and the northern gate called the Hathi Dwara or (elephant gate). These four gates symbolize the four fundamental principles of Dharma (right conduct), Jnana
Jnana
(knowledge), Vairagya (renunciation) and Aishwarya (prosperity). The gates are crowned with pyramid shaped structures. There is a stone pillar in front of the Singhadwara, called the Aruna Stambha Solar Pillar , 11 metres (36 ft) in height with 16 faces, made of chlorite stone; at the top of the stamba an elegant statue of Arun
Arun
(Sun) in a prayer mode is mounted. This pillar was shifted from the Konarak Sun Temple.[44] The four gates are decorated with guardian statues in the form of lion, horse mounted men, tigers, and elephants in the name and order of the gates.[34] A pillar made of fossilized wood is used for placing lamps as offering. The Lion Gate (Singhadwara) is the main gate to the temple, which is guarded by two guardian deities Jaya and Vijaya.[43][44][45] The main gate is ascended through 22 steps known as Baisi Pahaca, which are revered, as it is believed to possess "spiritual animation". Children are made to roll down these steps, from top to bottom, to bring them spiritual happiness. After entering the temple, on the left side, there is a large kitchen where food is prepared in hygienic conditions in huge quantities; the kitchen is called as "the biggest hotel of the world".[43]

The main entrance of the Jagannath Temple

According to a legend King Indradyumma was directed by Lord Jagannath in a dream to build a temple for him which he did as directed. However, according to historical records the temple was started some time during the 12th century by King Chodaganga of the Eastern Ganga dynasty. It was completed by his descendant, Anangabhima Deva, in the 12th century. The wooden images of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra were then deified here. The temple was under the control of the Hindu rulers up to 1558. Then, when Orissa was occupied by the Afghan Nawab of Bengal, it was brought under the control of the Afghan General Kalapahad. Following the defeat of the Afghan king by Raja Mansingh, the General of Mughal emperor Akbar, the temple became part of the Mughal empire
Mughal empire
till 1751. Subsequently, it was under the control of the Marathas
Marathas
till 1803. During the British Raj, the Puri
Puri
Raja was entrusted with its management until 1947.[42] The triad of images in the temple are of Jagannatha, personifying Lord Krishna, Balabhadra, His older brother, and Subhadra, His younger sister. The images are made of neem wood in an unfinished form. The stumps of wood which form the images of the brothers have human arms, while that of Subhadra does not have any arms. The heads are large, painted and non-carved. The faces are marked with distinctive large circular eyes.[27] The Pancha Tirtha of Puri[edit] Main article: Pancha Tirtha of Puri

Markandeshwar Tank

Hindus
Hindus
consider it essential to bathe in the Pancha Tirtha or the five sacred bathing spots of Puri, to complete a pilgrimage to Puri. The five sacred water bodies are the Indradyumana Tank, the Rohini Kunda, the Markandeya
Markandeya
Tank, the Swetaganga Tank, and the Bay of Bengal
Bay of Bengal
also called the Mahodadhi, in Sanskrit 'Mahodadhi' means a "great ocean";[46] all are considered sacred bathing spots in the Swargadwar area.[47][48][49] These tanks have perennial sources of supply from rainfall and ground water.[50] Gundicha Temple[edit] Main article: Gundicha Temple

The Main Gate of the Gundicha Temple

The Gundicha Temple, known as the Garden House of Jagannatha, stands in the centre of a beautiful garden, bounded by compound walls on all sides. It lies at a distance of about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) to the northeast of the Jagannatha
Jagannatha
Temple. The two temples are located at the two ends of the Bada Danda (Grand Avenue), which is the pathway for the Rath Yatra. According to a legend, Gundicha was the wife of King Indradyumna
Indradyumna
who originally built the Jagannath temple.[51] The temple is built using light-grey sandstone, and, architecturally, it exemplifies typical Kalinga temple architecture in the Deula
Deula
style. The complex comprises four components: vimana (tower structure containing the sanctum), jagamohana (assembly hall), nata-mandapa (festival hall) and bhoga-mandapa (hall of offerings). There is also a kitchen connected by a small passage. The temple is set within a garden, and is known as "God's Summer Garden Retreat" or garden house of Jagannatha. The entire complex, including the garden, is surrounded by a wall which measures 430 by 320 feet (131 m × 98 m) with height of 20 feet (6.1 m).[52] Except for the 9-day Rath Yatra, when the triad images are worshipped in the Gundicha Temple, otherwise it remains unoccupied for the rest of the year. Tourists can visit the temple after paying an entry fee. Foreigners (generally prohibited entry in the main temple) are allowed inside this temple during this period.[53] The temple is under the Jagannath Temple Administration, Puri, the governing body of the main temple. A small band of servitors maintain the temple.[52] Swargadwar[edit]

The Sea at Swargadwar of Puri

Swargadwar is the name given to the cremation ground or burning ghat which is located on the shores of the sea. Here thousands of dead bodies of Hindus
Hindus
brought from faraway places are cremated. It is a belief that the Chitanya Mahaparabhu disappeared from this Swargadwar about 500 years back.[54] Beach[edit]

Puri
Puri
sea sunrise

Puri
Puri
Sea Beach viewed from the light house

The beach at Puri, known as the "Ballighai beach, at the mouth of Nunai River, is 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) away from the town and is fringed by casurina trees.[12] It has golden yellow sand. Sunrise and sunset are pleasant scenic attractions here.[55] Waves break in at the beach which is long and wide.[27] District museum[edit] The Puri district
Puri district
museum is located on the station road where the exhibits in display are the different types of garments worn by Lord Jagannath, local sculptures, patachitra (traditional, cloth-based scroll painting), ancient Palm-leaf manuscripts, and local craft work.[56] Raghunandana library[edit] Raghunandana Library is located in the Emara Matha
Matha
complex (opposite Simhadwara or lion gate, the main entrance gate). The Jagannatha Aitihasika Gavesana Samiti ( Jagannatha
Jagannatha
Historical Centre) is also located here. The library houses ancient palm leaf manuscripts on Jagannatha, His cult and the history of the city.[56] Festivals of Puri[edit] Main article: List of festivals observed at Jagannatha
Jagannatha
Temple, Puri

The Grand Road near the Jagannath Temple

Puri
Puri
witnesses 24 festivals every year, of which 13 are major. The most important of these is the Rath Yatra, or the car festival, held in the June–July, which is attended by more than 1 million people.[57] Rath Yatra
Rath Yatra
at Puri[edit] Main article: Ratha-Yatra (Puri)

The Rath Yatra
Rath Yatra
in Puri
Puri
in modern times showing the three chariots of the deities with the Temple in the background

The Jagannatha
Jagannatha
Temple triad are normally worshipped in the sanctum of the temple at Puri, but once during the month of Asadha (rainy season of Orissa, usually in June or July), they are brought out on the Bada Danda (main street of Puri) and taken over a distance of (3 kilometres (1.9 mi)) to the Shri Gundicha Temple[58] in huge chariots (ratha), allowing the public to have darśana (holy view). This festival is known as the Rath Yatra, meaning the journey (yatra) of the chariots.[59] The yatra starts every year according to the Hindu calendar on the Asadha Sukla Dwitiya day, the second day of bright fortnight of Asadha (June–July).[60] Historically, the ruling Ganga dynasty instituted the Rath Yatra
Rath Yatra
on the completion of the Jagannatha
Jagannatha
Temple around 1150 AD. This festival was one of those Hindu festivals that was reported to the Western world very early.[61] Friar Odoric, in his account of 1321, reported how the people put the "idols" on chariots, and the King, the Queen and all the people drew them from the "church" with song and music.[62][63] The Rathas are huge wooden structures provided with large wheels, which are built anew every year and are pulled by the devotees. The chariot for Lord Jagannatha
Lord Jagannatha
is about 45 feet (14 m) high and 35 square feet (3.3 m2) and takes about 2 months for its construction.[64] The chariot is mounted with 16 wheels, each of 7 feet (2.1 m) diameter. The carving in the front face of the chariot has four wooden horses drawn by Maruti. On its other three faces, the wooden carvings are of Rama, Surya
Surya
and Vishnu. The chariot is known as Nandi Ghosha. The roof of the chariot is covered with yellow and red coloured cloth. The next chariot is of Balabhadra which is 44 feet (13 m) in height fitted with 14 wheels. The chariot is carved with Satyaki
Satyaki
as the charioteer,roof covered in red and green coloured cloth,and the chariot is known as Taladhwaja. The carvings on this chariot include images of Narasimha
Narasimha
and Rudra
Rudra
as Jagannatha's companions. The next chariot in the order is of Subhadra, which is 43 feet (13 m) in height supported on 12 wheels, roof covered in black and red colour cloth, and the chariot is known as Darpa Dalaan and the charioteer carved is Arjuna. Other images carved on the chariot are of Vana Durga, Tara Devi and Chandi Devi.[60][65] The artists and painters of Puri
Puri
decorate the cars and paint flower petals and other designs on the wheels, the wood-carved charioteer and horses, and the inverted lotuses on the wall behind the throne.[59] The chariots of Jagannath pulled during Rath Yatra
Rath Yatra
is the etymological origin of the English word Juggernaut.[66] The Ratha Yatra
Ratha Yatra
is also termed as the Shri Gundicha yatra and Ghosha yatra[60]

Pahandi bije during Ratha Yatra
Ratha Yatra
at Puri

Chhera Pahara[edit] The Chhera Pahara (sweeping with water) is a significant ritual associated with the Ratha Yatra. During this ritual, the Gajapati King wears the outfit of a sweeper and sweeps all around the deities and chariots. The king cleans the road in front of the chariots with a gold-handled broom and sprinkles sandalwood water and powder. As per the custom, although the Gajapati King has been considered the most exalted person in the Kalingan kingdom, he still renders the menial service to Jagannatha. This ritual signifies that under the lordship of Jagannatha, there is no distinction between the powerful sovereign and the humblest devotee.[67] Chandan Yatra[edit]

The Narendra Tirtha tank where ceremonies of Chandan Yatra
Chandan Yatra
are performed

Main article: Chandan Yatra The Chandan Yatra
Chandan Yatra
festival held every year on Akshaya Tritiya
Akshaya Tritiya
day marks the commencement of the construction of the chariots of the Rath Yatra. It also marks the celebration of the Hindu new year.[12] Snana Yatra[edit] Main article: Snana Yatra Every year, on the Purnima
Purnima
day in the Hindu calendar month of Jyestha (June), the triad images of the Jagannatha
Jagannatha
Temple are ceremonially bathed and decorated on the occasion of Snana Yatra. Water for the bath is taken in 108 pots from the Suna kuan (meaning: "golden well") located near the northern gate of the temple. Water is drawn from this well only once in a year for the sole purpose of the religious bath of the deities. After the bath the triad images are dressed in the fashion of the elephant god, Ganesha. Later, during the night, the original triad images are taken out in a procession back to the main temple but kept at a place known as Anasara pindi.[60] After this the Jhulana Yatra is performed when proxy images of the deities are taken out in a grand procession for 21 days, cruised over boats in the Narendra Tirtha tank.[12] Anavasara or Anasara[edit]

Images during the Snana Yatra.

Anasara, a derivative of the Sanskrit word "Anabasara",[68] literally means vacation. Every year after the holy Snana Yatra, the triad images, without the Sudarshana Chakra, are taken to a secret altar named Anavasara Ghar (also known as Anasara pindi, 'pindi' is Oriya term meaning "platform" [68]) where they remain for the next fortnight of ( Krishna
Krishna
paksha); devotees are not allowed to view these images. Instead, devotees go to the nearby Brahmagiri to see the Lord in the four-handed form of Alarnath, a depiction of Vishnu.[60][69] Devotees then get the first glimpse of the Lord only on the day before Rath Yatra, which is called Navayouvana. It is a local belief that the gods suffer from fever after taking an elaborate ritual bath, and they are treated by the special servants, the Daitapatis, for 15 days. Daitapatis perform special nitis (rites) known as Netrotchhaba (a rite of painting the eyes of the triad). During this period cooked food is not offered to the deities.[70] Naba Kalebara[edit] Main articles: Nabakalevara
Nabakalevara
and Nabakalebara 2015 Naba Kalebara is one of the most grand events associated with the Lord Jagannatha
Jagannatha
that takes place when one lunar month of Ashadha is followed by another of Ashadha called Adhika Masa (extra month). This can take place at an interval of 8, 12 or even 18 years. Literally meaning the "New Body" (Nava = New, Kalevar = Body) in Odia, the festival is witnessed by millions of people and the budget for this event generally exceeds $500,000. The event involves installation of new images in the temple and burial of the old ones in the temple premises at Koili Vaikuntha. During the Nabakalebara ceremony held during July 2015 the idols that were installed in the temple in 1996 were replaced by specially carved new images made of neem wood.[71][72] More than 3 million people are reported to have attended this festival.[73] Suna Besha[edit] Main article: Suna Besha

Suna Besha
Suna Besha
or Golden Attire of Lord Jagannath

Suna Besha, ('Suna besh'in English translates to "gold dressing”[74]) also known as Raja or Rajadhiraja Bhesha [75] or Raja Bhesha, is an event when the triad images of the Jagannatha
Jagannatha
Temple are adorned with gold jewelry. This event is observed five times in a year. It is commonly observed on Magha Purnima
Purnima
(January), Bahuda Ekadashi also known as Asadha Ekadashi (July), Dashahara (Bijayadashami) (October), Karthik Purnima
Purnima
(November), and Pousa Purnima
Purnima
(December).[76][77] One such Suna Bhesha event is observed on Bahuda Ekadashi during the Rath Yatra
Rath Yatra
on the chariots placed at the Simhadwar. The other four Beshas are observed inside the temple on the Ratna Singhasana (gem studded altar). On this occasion gold plates are decorated over the hands and feet of Jagannatha
Jagannatha
and Balabhadra; Jagannatha
Jagannatha
is also adorned with a Chakra
Chakra
(disc) made of gold on the right hand while a silver conch adorns the left hand. Balabhadra is decorated with a plough made of gold on the left hand while a golden mace adorns his right hand.[76] Niladri Bije[edit] Niladri Bije, celebrated in the Hindu calendar month Asadha (June–July) on Trayodashi (13th day),[78] marks the end of the Ratha Yatra. The large wooden images of the triad of gods are taken out from the chariots and then carried to the sanctum sanctorum, swaying rhythmically; a ritual which is known as pahandi.[72] Sahi yatra[edit]

A scene from a play being enacted during the Sahi Yatra

The Sahi Yatra, considered the world's biggest open-air theatre,[79] is an annual event lasting 11 days; a traditional cultural theatre festival or folk drama which begins on Ram Navami
Ram Navami
and ends on Rama avishke (Sanskrit meaning : anointing). The festival includes plays depicting various scenes from the Ramayana. The residents of various localities, or Sahis, are entrusted the task of performing the drama at the street corners.[80] Samudra Arati[edit]

Samudra arati of worship of the sea by disciples of the Matha
Matha
at Puri

The Samudra arati is a daily tradition started by the present Shankaracharya
Shankaracharya
9 years ago.[81] The daily practise includes prayer and fire offering to the sea at Swargadwar in Puri
Puri
by disciples of the Govardhan Matha. On Paush Purnima
Purnima
of every year the Shankaracharya himself comes out to offer prayers to the sea. Transport[edit] Earlier, when roads did not exist, people used to walk or travel by animal-drawn vehicles or carriages along beaten tracks to reach Puri. Travel was by riverine craft along the Ganges
Ganges
up to Calcutta, and then on foot or by carriages. It was only during the Maratha rule that the popular Jagannath Sadak (Road) was built around 1790. The East India Company laid the rail track from Calcutta to Puri, which became operational in 1898.[82] Puri
Puri
is now well-connected by rail, road and air services. A broad gauge railway line of the South Eastern Railways which connects Puri
Puri
with Calcutta, and Khurda is an important railway junction on this route. The rail distance is about 499 kilometres (310 mi) from Calcutta[83] and 468 kilometres (291 mi) from Vishakhapatnam. Road network includes NH 203 that links the city with Bhubaneswar, the state capital, situated about 60 kilometres (37 mi) away. NH 203 B connects the city with Satapada
Satapada
via Brahmagiri. Marine drive, which is part of NH 203 A, connects Puri with Konark. The nearest airport is the Biju Patnaik International Airport at Bhubaneswar.[57] Puri railway station
Puri railway station
is among the top hundred booking stations of the Indian Railways.[84] Arts and crafts[edit] Sand art[edit] Sand art is a special art form that is created on the beaches of Puri. The art form is attributed to Balaram Das, a poet who lived in the 14th century. Sculptures of various gods and famous people are now created in sand by amateur artists. These are temporary in nature as they get washed away by waves. This art form has gained international fame in recent years. One of the famed sand artists of Odisha
Odisha
is Sudarshan Patnaik. He 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.[85][80] Appliqué
Appliqué
art[edit]

An applique art work

Appliqué
Appliqué
art, which is a stitching-based craft unlike embroidery, was pioneered by Hatta Maharana of Pipili. It is widely used in Puri, both for decoration of the deities and for sale. Maharana's family members are employed as darjis or tailors or sebaks by the Maharaja of Puri. They prepare articles for decorating the deities in the temple for various festivals and religious ceremonies. The appliqué works are brightly coloured and patterned fabric in the form of canopies, umbrellas, drapery, carry bags, flags, coverings of dummy horses and cows, and other household textiles; these are marketed in Puri. The cloth used is made in dark colours of red, black, yellow, green, blue and turquoise blue.[86] Culture[edit]

Odissi dancer

Cultural activities, including the annual religious festivals, in Puri are: The Puri
Puri
Beach Festival held from 5 to 9 November every year, and the Shreekshetra Utsav held from 20 December to 2 January every year. The cultural programmes include unique sand art, display of local and traditional handicrafts and food festival.[87] In addition, cultural programmes are held for two hours on every second Saturday of the month at the district Collector's Conference Hall near Sea Beach Police Station. Odissi dance, Odissi music
Odissi music
and folk dances are part of this event.[87] Odissi dance
Odissi dance
is the cultural heritage of Puri. This dance form originated in Puri
Puri
from the dances performed by Devadasis (Maharis) attached to the Jagannatha
Jagannatha
Temple who performed dances in the Nata mandapa of the temple to please the deities. Though the devadasi practice has been discontinued, the dance form has become modern and classical and is widely popular; many of the Odissi virtuoso artists and gurus (teachers) are from Puri.[88] Some of the famous Odissi dancers are Kelucharan Mohapatra, Mayadhar Raut, Sonal Mansingh, Sanjukta Panigrahi
Sanjukta Panigrahi
and many more. Education[edit]

Samanta Chandra Sekhar College, Puri

Some of the educational institutions in Puri
Puri
are:

Ghanashyama Hemalata Institute of Technology and Management Gangadhar Mohapatra Law College, established in 1981[89] Extension Unit of Regional Research Institute of Homoeopathy, Puri, under Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), New Delhi; established in March 2006 [90] Shri Jagannath Sanskrit University, established in July 1981[91] Gopabandhu Ayurveda
Ayurveda
Mahavidyalaya, a college and hospital where treatment and training is based on Ayurveda
Ayurveda
school of medicine [92] The Industrial Training Institute, a premier technical institution to provide education to skilled, committed & talented technicians was established in 1966 by the Government of India[93] Blessed Sacrament High School established in 1952 is otherwise known as Puri
Puri
convent.It is one of the best schools in the city. The school features classes 1 to 10.It is located in VIP Road, Puri.

Puri
Puri
people[edit]

Jayee Rajguru
Jayee Rajguru
- Freedom fighter Chakhi Khuntia (Chandan Hajuri) – Freedom fighter [94] Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das
Gopabandhu Das
– Social worker Pandit Nilakantha Das
Nilakantha Das
– Social activist Bhaktakabi Madhusudan Rao – Odia Poet Padma Vibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra
Kelucharan Mohapatra
– Odissi dancer Padma Shri Pankaj Charan Das
Pankaj Charan Das
– Odissi dancer Padma Shri Pandit Sadashiv Rathasharma – Scholar and Preacher of Shri Jagannath Culture Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra
Raghunath Mohapatra
– Architect and sculptor Padma Shri Sudarshan Pattnaik
Sudarshan Pattnaik
– Sand Artist Baisali Mohanty
Baisali Mohanty
- ALC Global Fellow at University of Oxford, United Kingdom Rituraj Mohanty – Singer

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Temples and Sacred Places in Puri

Jagannath Temple Complex

Jagannath Temple, Puri Vimala Temple Gundicha Temple

Pancha Tirtha of Puri

Indradyumana Tank Rohini Kunda Markandeya
Markandeya
Tank Swetaganga Tank The Sea

Notable Temples

Alamchandi Temple Bata Mangala Temple Chakra
Chakra
Narasimha
Narasimha
Temple Lokanatha Temple Markandeshwar Temple Mausi Maa Temple Narasimha
Narasimha
Temple, Puri

Monasteries and Maths

Emar Matha Govardhana matha Radhakanta Math

See also

Mahaprasad Nilachal Nila Chakra Neela Madhava Samkha Kshetra ISKCON

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Hindu holy cities

India

Char Dham

Badrinath

Badrinath
Badrinath
Temple

Dwarka

Dwarkadhish Temple

Puri

Jagannath Temple

Rameswaram

Ramanathaswamy Temple

Chota Char Dham

Badrinath

Badrinath
Badrinath
Temple

Kedarnath

Kedarnath
Kedarnath
Temple

Gangotri Yamunotri

Yamunotri
Yamunotri
Temple

Panch Kedar

Kedarnath Tungnath Rudranath Madhyamaheshwar Kalpeshwar

Pancharama Kshetras

Amararama Draksharama Ksheerarama Kumararama Somarama

Six Abodes of Murugan

Palani Swamimalai Thiruttani Pazhamudircholai Thiruchendur Tirupparankunram

Trilinga Kshetras

Draksharama Srisailam Kaleshwaram

Ashtavinayaka

Morgaon

Moreshwar

Lenyadri

Girijatmaj

Pali

Ballaleshwar

Mahad

Varadvinayak

Ranjangaon

Mahaganapati

Siddhatek

Siddhivinayak

Ozar

Vighneswar

Theur

Chintamani

Jyotirlinga

Prabhas Patan

Somnath

Srisailam

Mallikājuna

Ujjain

Mahakaleshwar

Omkareshwar Kedarnath

Kedarnath

Shiradhon

Bhimashankar

Varanasi

Kashi Vishvanath

Trimbak

Trimbakeshwar

Deoghar

Vaidyanath

Dwarka

Nageshvara

Rameswaram

Ramanathaswamy

Ellora Caves

Grishneshwar

Panchabhuta Lingas

Srikalahasti
Srikalahasti
Temple

Srikalahasti

Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram

Chidambaram

Annamalaiyar Temple

Tiruvannamalai

Ekambareswarar Temple

Kanchi

Jambukeswarar Temple, Thiruvanaikaval

Others

Pushpagiri Temple Complex Shakti
Shakti
Peethas Ahobilam Ambaji Ambalappuzha Arunachala Annavaram Ayodhya Akshardham (Delhi) Akshardham (Gandhinagar) Basar Bhadrachalam Chidambaram Chitrakoot Chottanikkara Dakor Dharmasthala Dakshineswar Kali Temple Ettumanoor Gaya Gokul Guruvayur Haridwar Indraprastha Jageshwar Kalighat Kanchipuram Katra Vaishno Devi Khatu Kollur Kurukshetra Madurai Mangalagiri Mathura Mayapur Nashik Nathdwara Pandharpur Prayag
Prayag
(Triveni Sangam) Pushkar Rishikesh Ryali Sabarimala Sapta Puri Somnath Sringeri Shirdi Simhachalam Temple Sonamukhi Srirangam Sri Kurmam Tirumala Tirunavaya Tripunithura Udupi Jajpur Vrindavan Vijayawada Yadagirigutta

Indonesia

Prambanan Gebang Gedong Songo Dieng Plateau Sukuh Ceto Temple Penataran Gunung Kawi Cangkuang Penataran
Penataran
Temple Candi Jawi Candi Kidal Candi Singhasari Candi Surawana Balinese temple Tanah Lot Marga Tirtha Empul Temple Denpasar Gianyar Pura Penataran
Penataran
Sasih Pejeng Gianyar Pura Besakih Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Pura Luhur Ulu Watu Pura Ulun Danu Batur

Sri Lanka

Ati Konanayakar Koneswaram Pathirakali Amman Temple Kataragama Munneswaram temple Thambiluvil Sri Kannaki amman temple Thambiluvil Sri Sivalinga Pillayar Temple Thirukkovil Sithira Velayutha Swami Kovil Tenavaram temple

Nepal

Kathmandu Janakpurdham Chataradham

Cambodia

Angkor Wat

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Puri
Puri
district

Constituencies

Brahmagiri Kakatpur Nimapara Pipili Puri Satyabadi

Towns and villages

Alipada Astaranga Biranarasingh Pur Biratunga Brahmagiri Ganeswarpur Gop Konark Nimapada Parikud Pipili Puri Raghurajpur Satpada Basudeipur

Other districts

Angul Balangir Balasore Bargarh Bhadrak Boudh Cuttack Debagarh Dhenkanal Gajapati Ganjam Jagatsinghpur Jajpur Jharsuguda Kalahandi Kandhamal Kendrapara Kendujhar Khordha Koraput Malkangiri Mayurbhanj Nabarangpur Nayagarh Nuapada Rayagada Sambalpur Subarnapur Sundergarh

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Municipalities of Odisha

Municipal Corporations

Bhubaneswar Cuttack Brahmapur Sambalpur Rourkela

Municipalities

Anandapur Angul Barbil Balangir Balasore Bargarh Baripada Bhadrak Bhawanipatna Biramitrapur Brajarajnagar Byasanagar Choudwar Debagarh Dhenkanal Gunupur Hinjilicut Jagatsinghpur Jajpur Jatani Jeypore Jharsuguda Joda Kendrapara Kendujhar Khordha Nabarangpur Nuapada Paradip Paralakhemundi Phulbani Puri Rajgangpur Rayagada Sonepur Sundergarh Talcher Basudebpur Jaleswar Koraput Malkangiri Pattamundai Rairangpur Soro Sunabeda Titlagarh Umerkote

NAC

Asika Athagad Attabira Balimela Balugaon Bamra Banapur Banki Barapali Baudhgarh Bellaguntha Belpahar Bhanjanagar Binika Bhuban Buguda Burla Chandabali Chhatrapur Chikiti Digapahandi Ganjam Gop Gopalpur Gudari Hirakud Junagarh Kamakshyanagar Kantabanji Karanjia Kashinagara Kabisuryanagar Kesinga Khalikote Khandapada Khariar Khariar
Khariar
Road Kodala Konark Kotpad Kuchinda Nayagarh Nilagiri Nimapada Nuapada Padmapur Patnagarh Pipili Polasara Purusottampur Redhakhol Rambha S

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