Day 10- Visit to Puri and Konark as on 23-Nov-2018

Jagannath Temple Puri  is one of four pithas (important place for Hindus) along with Dwaraka, Rameshwaram and Badrinath The Puri temple is famous for its annual Ratha yatra, or chariot festival, in which the three principal deities Krishna, Balrama and Subhadra are pulled on huge and elaborately decorated temple cars.

We could spend about 3 hours to take Darshan and have typical and special prasadam in the afternoon.

Jagaanath Temple

Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century CE sun temple dedicated to the Hindu god Surya, what remains of the temple complex has the appearance of a 100-foot (30 m) high chariot with immense wheels and horses, all carved from stone. The cause of the destruction of the Konark temple is unclear and remains a source o controversy. Theories range from natural damage to deliberate destruction of the temple in the course of being sacked several times by Muslim armies between the 15th and 17th centuries.

Chilika Lake is a brackish water lagoon, spread over the PuriKhurda and Ganjam districts of Odisha at the mouth of the Daya River, flowing into the Bay of Bengal, covering an area of over 1,100 km. It is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest brackish water lagoon in the world after The New Caledonian barrier reef. It has been listed as a tentative UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent. The lake is home to a number of threatened species of plants and animals

We just passed through little part of the lake while going to Puri.

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