1. Lord Jagannath Temple - Puri is mainly famous for the temple of Lord Jagannath, a form of God Vishnu. It is one of the char dhams of Hindus, the other dhams being Badrinath, Dwarka and Rameswaram. There are a lot of interesting stories and legends surrounding the temple. A simple google search would reveal all the stories. Do some research yourself, little birdie. You won't get everything in a plate.
* Bags and mobile phones are also not allowed. There are mobile and shoes stands outside the temple where you can submit these for a nominal fee.
* Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple.
* The stories and legends associated with the place are fascinating.
* Architecture enthusiasts will really like the place.
Scams exposed - Visiting the temple can be a harrowing experience. The temple complex consists of numerous small temples apart from the main one. Anyone can easily get confused. Just remember, NOTHING IN THE TEMPLE IS FOR FREE, NOTHING! Not even the prasad. Also, you will be harassed by priests ( known as Pandas).
So here you are more likely to get badgered by a Panda, than a Pandya. Get it? Hardik Pandya...Koffee with Karan?
Yeah... sorry about that.
So these Pandas will try to extract money from you by promising special darshan, they will incessantly ask you to donate money, they will shout at you, shame you and even threaten you with the name of God. Just don't pay any attention to them (bas pighalna nahi hai).
If you want to donate money, put it in the big donation box (called Hundi) located in the main temple near the entrance. This money goes to the temple trust. Any other donation goes directly into the pocket of the priest you give it to (not literally, because I don't think Dhotis have pockets).
Hack for temple visit - The temple is open from 5 a.m till midnight. If you want to avoid the crowd and harassment of the priests, go to the temple in the night around 10 p.m. You will be able to experience peaceful darshan of Lord Jagannath.