Roaming Around Puri

Since they don’t allow photography inside the Jagannath Puri temple, I had to make do just with photos of the main spire from the outside, along with photos of some of the buildings along Grand Road.

Construction of the Jagannath temple started in the 12th c. It was modeled on the late-11th c Lingaraja temple in Bhubaneswar, and just as in the case of Lingaraja the original structures were the main sanctum spire (Rekha Deul) and adjoining mandap (Jagamohan), and the other mandaps and side shrines in the compound came up in later centuries. Jagannath is much larger than Lingaraja, with the spire reaching 56.7 meters, compared to Lingaraja’s 36.5 meters.


Jagannath Temple from Grand Road. Grand Road is the street on which the temple raths of “juggernaut” fame are pulled during the Rath Yatra festival!

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Temple gateway

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Looking back at Grand Road from in front of the temple

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Buildings along Grand Road, with many dharamshlas (rest houses for pilgrims) from the early to mid 20th c

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A deco building near the temple

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Deco building near the railway station

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