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Puri, the headquarters of the ‘Puri District’ is a city lying on the eastern littoral margin of the Bay of Bengal in the state of Orissa. Considered to be one of the oldest cities in eastern part of Indian peninsula, Puri constitutes one of the angles of the Golden Triangle of Orissa, the other two being Bhubaneswar and Konark. Also recognized by the name Jagannath Puri, this is a highly revered pilgrim destination for Hindus and one of the holy Char Dhams of India. Puri is the holy abode of Lord Jagannath (the Lord of the world) and it is stated that the pilgrimage to all the temples in India is not considered complete and fruitful until and unless you pay homage to the Lord Jagannath of Jagannath Puri. This is the only Vaishnavite shrine in India where Radha is also worshipped in a Krishna temple along with his other consorts.
Puri is also applauded for its geographical position and its beaches. This city is settled at such a coastal station from where the spellbinding vistas of both rising and setting sun can be viewed from the oceanfront. Jagannath Puri has contributed a word to English language ‘Juggernaut’ meaning destructive and sacrificial devotion. This word is derived from the massive Rathas (wagons) used to carry the idols of Lord Jagannath, Balarama and Subhadra at the time of Ratha Yatra. Other than the religious significance and captivating appeal or gorgeous beaches, the city is also remarkable for its rich historical and cultural heritage and architectural splendor. Puri has recently emerged as a developing industrial hub due to its chief industries such as rice milling, fish curing and handicrafts. Moreover, Puri contributes a major part in the tourism industry of Orissa as well as India.