All last week I decided to nest here in Puri which is a pilgrimage area for several different types of individuals who are seeking the external form of spirituality. This last week consisted of rain and cool temperatures that I greeted enthusiastically; a change in the weather always adds to good health.
Hindu pilgrims make there way to Puri to visit the Jagannath Mandir Temple. Only Hindus are allowed in the temple—foreigners are banned entry. Vishnu is the prime god in the Temple in Puri. Shiva is the prime god in Bhubaneswar, a similar temple as in Puri. And, to create the “golden triangle” the Majestic Sun Temple of Surya resides in Konark that consists of carve erotic art. The visitor can view every type of sex position that the mind can image at the Sun Temple in Konark. The temple was conceived as the cosmic chariot of Surya.
Puri is a city situated about 60 kilometers (37 mi) south of state capital Bhubaneswar, on the eastern coast of the Bay of Bengal in the Indian state of Odisha. It is also known as Jagannath Puri after the Jagannath Temple (built in the late eleventh century). It is a holy city of the Hindus as a part of the Char Dham pilgrimages. It is considered that a pilgrimage of the temples of India is not complete without making the journey to Puri.
Puri also has one of the best beaches for swimming in India and is also a popular beach resort, positioned in a unique place so that both sunset and sunrise can be viewed from the beach.
I stayed at the Lotus Hotel in Puri. The family own hotel and pure veg restaurant is a comfortable place to stay at budget prices and wonderful owners and staff.
Puri is one of the fascinating littoral district of Odisha. The Cultural heritage of Puri with its long recorded history beginning from third century B. C till present day, The monuments and religious sanctity, way of life of the people with their rich tradition possess emphatically to be the cultural heart of Odisha. In deed Puri is considered cultural capital of Odisha. The culture here is flourished with its manifold activities. The District has the happy conglomerate of different religions, sects and faith in course of history, Hindu, Buddhist, Jaina, Muslim, Christian, Sikh found here in the District.
Last week was mostly rainy, yet I didn’t mind, I found it relaxing and got some extra needed sleep. Taking time for extra rest while traveling India is essential. I am meeting a lot of travelers who are burnt out and simply desire to go home. Long Term Travel here in India can be difficult, but everything is going well for myself and do foresee staying until my visa expires at the end of April. My room at the Lotus Hotel had a table that was situated next to the window—it is always nice to have a table for some computer work next to sitting on the bed.
Today I am Calcutta after an overnight train on Monday. Calcutta is much cleaner and relaxed than Mumbai. There are some shifty people like in any other big city that are willing to triple the price, but everywhere I go I met some very nice people. I received my third sim-card, this one from Airtell. Did I read somewhere from other bloggers that it is difficult to get a sim-card?
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Hey Shawn, Bala here. I met you at the Lotus Hotel in Puri and made that phone call to the shoeshine guy 😉
How’s it going in Calcutta? It’s a nice city to soak in the atmosphere and if you’re there for a while, then you should definitely take the ferry to Dakshineshwar. It’s the kind of magic that none of the big cities in India provide. I’ve read some of your blog posts and I’m enjoying it so far. I like your simple and straightforward style of writing that gives a good idea of the places you’ve been to and makes one want to jump on the next flight, train or bullock cart to get there. Look forward to reading about the next few years of your journey 🙂
Hey Bala, thanks for the comment, we will for sure hang out when I am back in Bombay. When I come back from the north-east I will do more in Calcutta, I changed my train ticket to give me a extra 4 days to do the site-seeing. I like Calcutta, the energy is much different than Mumbai, but right now it is cooler also. The city is easy to walk from place to place, also.