The city of Puri is a part of a district with the same name in Odisha. Puri is also known as Jagannath Puri, Srikshetra, Shankhakshetra, Neelāchala, Neelādri, Purusottama Dhāma, Purusottama Kshetra and Purusottama Puri as per the Shastras. It was titled The Abode of Lord Jagannath because of the prominent pilgrimage Jagannath Temple. It is part of the Char Dham Yatra (pilgrimage) for Indian Hindus. It is reckoned that the pilgrimage is incomplete without a visit to Puri. This city is counted amongst the seven most holy cities of India.
Adi Shankaracharya established one of the four cardinal institutions at Puri, named Govardhana Matha. Puri is the site of many other mathas (Hindu monasteries). It is considered to be sacred for a Hindu to die or be cremated at Puri. Tourists who visit here also make one-day trips to Konark to see the Sun Temple. Apart from places of religious interests, the beaches of Puri are also worth revelling.
|Area||:||10,159 Sq Kms.|
|Suitable Visiting Seasons ( months)||:||
October to March (June and July to witness the Rath Yatra).
|Climate and Geography||:||
Proximity to the sea gives Puri an excellent coastal type climate.
|Main Languages||:||Oriya, Bengali, Hindi and English.|
Puri had a total population of 2,01,026 in 2011.
|Temperature||:||Summer - Max : 38. Min : 27.1.
Winter - Max : 28.2. Min : 15.2.