Puri is a coastal city of India situated in state of Odisha. It is situated on the Bay of Bengal. After the 12th-century Jagannath Temple located in the city, it is also known as Jagannath Puri. It is one of the original Char Dham pilgrimage sites for Hindus. In Brahma Purana it is mentioned that the temple was built by the king Indradyumna.
Around 80% economy of Puri town is dependent on the Jagannath Temple. Ratha Yatra and its related festivals are the most important which are attended by millions of people every year. Many settlements around the town exclusively cater to the other religious requirements of the temple.
As per history it is believed that Jagannath temple was invaded 18 times during its history to plunder its treasures. In most of these invasions the idols were taken to safe places by the priests and the servitors of the temple. Along with Jagannatha temple there are several other landmarks in Puri like the pancha tirtha of puri, gundicha temple, sawargadwar, beach, district museum, raghunandana library. There are several famous festivals in Puri as well like Rath Yatra, Chhera Pahara, Chandan Yatra, Snana Yatra, Samudra Arati, Niladri Bije, Suna Besha.