One of the original Char Dham pilgrimage destinations for Hindus, Puri or Jagannath Puri is one of the most sacred destinations in India, located about 60 kilometers south of the state capital of Bhubaneswar. Puri has been known by many names since ancient times and was locally known as Sri Kshetra.
After the 12th-century Jagannatha Temple located in the city, the city is also known as Sri Jagannatha Dhama. Puri’s economy is dependent on the religious significance of the Jagannath temple to the extent of about 80 percent, and the 24 festivals held every year in the temple complex contribute to the economy.
For the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Scheme (HRIDAY) scheme of the Government of India, it has been selected as one of the heritage cities. Jagannath Rath Yatra is one of the most-awaited festivals in the country as well as in Orissa.