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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the the history and culture of Puri?

Shikha Gautam DEC 10 2012
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When it comes to discussing the history of a place, we all are sure to be curious about its religious and cultural antecedents, aren't we? After all, it's like reading a story in more exploratory terms...
The history of Puri has been recorded from 3rd century B.C. till the present day. Puri is one of the coastal districts of Orissa and as per Hindu mythology in
Skanda Purana, Puri is described as the breathing place of Lord Vishnu. Puri is among the four most important dhams/pilgrim centers for Hindus and is also known as Jagannath (lord of the universe). The world-famous Jagannath temple is solely dedicated to acknowledge the might and omnipotence of Lord Vishnu.

The famous ancient Indian philosopher, Adi Shankaracharya had established four cardinal institutions at Sringeri, Dwaraka, Jyotirmath, and the last one being at Puri. With Bhubaneswar and Konark, Puri forms the Golden Triangle of eastern India.

The famous saint
Sri Ramanuja is supposed to have stayed here during 1107-1117. It was during these times that the Jagannath Temple (then known as Purushottam temple) was built and made the place a religious one.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, an incarnation of Lord Krishna is believed to have appeared here about 500 years ago in the guise of a devotee, and His teachings and doctrines went on to be followed by many such as King Prataparudra and scholars like Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya.

Puri is home to many Mathas (Monasteries of Hindu sects) and many Hindus consider it as a stepping stone to salvation if they die or are cremated amidst the holy relics of this place. As a result, the population of widows is disproportionately high in this region.

The very famous
Rath Yatra, organized annually, is a major cultural and religious event in this place, and the procession of chariots carrying Hindu deities-Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra- attracts devotees from far and wide.

Puri is considered as the cultural capital of Orissa. Its religious credibilities are established by the fact that a populace of differing faiths-
Christians, Buddhists, Jainas, Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus- resides in this place. The ancient monuments, architecture, historical and religious edifices serve to make the people of Puri a traditionally inclined lot. So, the excesses of city-life are something they don't approve of and prefer to stay away from them.

So, when it comes to rituals and moral norms, you know the holy sanctorum of Puri is where you will learn your best lessons, and imbibe an inner satisfaction that is incomparable to any of your worldly pursuits.

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