It was the first day of my stay in Odisha. All five of us checked into the hotel at 12 pm in the noon. It was the same day to move to make a visit to the Jagannath temple in Puri. The place is very famous and tourists from all over the world come to visit the shrine. Although people from different religion are not allowed into the sanctum sanctorum other than Hindus, the place is best in terms of other lookout places like the Puri Sea Beach etc.
It was midday and we reached at the Puri stop at around 2 pm in the afternoon. From Bhubaneswar we boarded a city bus from Kalpana Square which took us straight to the Puri temple square.
The broad road which marks the beginning of the temple is known as “Bada danda” or “The largest road” as it is believed that this roads leads to tranquility and peace. We had a walk from the bus stand to the temple and the entire road was marked with herds of cows and ox, all sitting quietly. On wither sides of the road there are shops and small dingy lodges. We walked about 500 meters and finally reached the temple. We washed our feet from the flowing water that is present right outside the temple and entered into it. There is the 22-stairs pathway which leads to the temple basement.
The temple was built by King Chora Ganga Deva in the 12th century and it is now one of the holiest shrines of the whole world. It is also said that the trip to chaar-dhaam is unfulfilled till you make your way to the Puri Jagannath Dham in Odisha. The entire temple covers an area of 10.7 acres and it is covered with two rectangular compound walls. There is the outer enclosure on the wall known as “Meghanada Prachira” and the wall is 20 feet in height.
The temple has the largest kitchen in the world where food is prepared for about 25,000 people every day. On festive occasions the food prepared is for 100,000 people which is quite a large amount.
We completed the temple ride and it was already night. So we missed the chance to go the Puri Sea Beach. Since time was running out of hands we decided to come to Puri again to visit the sea beach.