Puri is a Eastern coast city, which is famous for Jagannath temple and beaches. We woke up before sunrise and went to beach. We we're not lucky that we couldn't watch sunrise because of clouds.
Puri Jagannath temple is a important pilgrimage dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a form of vishnu. Puri Jagannath temple is one of char dham(four abode), others are Badrinath(located at North side of india), Dwaraka(west side of india) and Ramrameswaram( South Side of India) and also famous for its Puri Ratha yatra/chariot festival.
Jagannath, Balabhadra and subhadra are trio deities worshipped here. This is a always busy temple where you can see lots of people offering prayers to their ancestors. This temple stands 214 feet tall built in 12th century by Ganga dynasty with some beautiful carvings. There are other small temples inside the compound.
Note: Mobiles are not allowed inside temple. Don't trust if someone says they take you to main shrine directly.
There are so many shops outside where you can do some shopping.
After having South Indian breakfast, we started our journey to konark. Drive from Puri to Konark was awesome, we drove through lush green trees and reached sea and then it led to beautiful and mighty konark sun temple.
Konark temple is a UNESCO world heritage Site, built in kalinga architecture in 13th century by Ganga dynasty. It looks like a huge chariot with large wheels, which are almost 10 feet in height and horses. The temple walls and even the wheels are filled with so many carvings and sculptures which represents the life style, culture and traditions of India that time. This temple is in ruins and repair work is in progress. There is 40INR entry fee for Indians. Tourists are not allowed inside temple.
It started raining heavily but we had to visit varaha devi temple, which is small temple but protected monument on the way to Bhubaneswar from konark.
Varaha devi temple is bit far from main road. It is easy to go there by bikes than any 4 Wheeler as the road is narrow and also a 2 way road. It's a 9th century temple, here goddess is worshipped by tantric rituals. Temple architecture style is different from Jagannath temple. There is less light inside temple and the deity is carved with Black stone. So it is even difficult to see with mobile torch too.
We didn't spent much time here as we were drenched already and it started getting dark and raining again.
We reached Bhubaneswar by night and went to homestay, cooked and also celebrated one of my friend's birthday.