Sunday, March 23, 2008

Puri - Rediscovering life

Every journey has its purpose, every time has its value and every place has its identity. It was a great experience for me exploring this religious town Puri, Orissa; which is particularly famous for the ‘Sri Jagannath Temple’.

I had been to Puri many times before also but don’t able to recall when was the first time. One reason being in Orissa, especially in oriya families you have N number of occasions or reasons for that matters to visit Puri, apart from the dharsan of 'lord Jagannath’. It is always a great feeling to be here - to associate yourself in whatever little ways to this holy place, to stretch your legs and offer your helping hands to people you hardly know, to remind to do all those small things that you forget, to acknowledge & rediscover this life, to walk along with the beach, to see Sun climbing the sky, to feel the silent rays penetrating the body, to smell the fragrance of purity, to breathe the fresh air, to taste the flavor of maha-prasads and last but not the least to bring back the peace of mind.

The wide view of outside of the main entrance of the temple. ‘Puri Jagannath Temple’ is one of the biggest temples in India and absolutely a treat to the eyes.

The idols, from left - Balabhadra, Shubhadra & Jagganath and again ...

A variety of maha-prasad (dry sweets), the flavored and colored ones.

The way people look at us is not the same way we look at them and it is so difficult to understand the wealth of knowledge this person is having. Speechless !!!

At Puri beach, where life never stops … it finds the hidden soul …

The gifts from the nature...

Now that’s what people say a tasty treat to your mouth. You should try these sweets at least once; popularly known as ‘gajja’.

*All the Photographs Copyright Hello World - Alok, 2008

11 comments:

Anil Umachigi said...

Bhai!
This is probably the best part of your blog shows the "other side" of life... i love it man! this place is in now in my list of "must go places"

cheers

Diva said...

Puri is truly a wonderful place!!! I had been there 7-8 years back and I can still remember the beautiful Sunrise and sunset i experienced at the beach there!!!! It was amazingly beautiful, my bad luck that the photo-reel got lost:( , YET am still able to recall those moments as i read ur blog and feel welled up with happiness :D !!!I also rememeber the small shops and temple area, just like in ur pics!!!! Its a place that makes you feel liberated and peaceful, or so i guess!!!I was just 13 or so when i went there, so may be if i visited it now, I would have a diff experience to share :) ...
Anyways, Lovely blog... made me smile all the way :)

backpakker said...

very nice pics..am planning to go to orissa soon..will check this post again for details

Alok said...

@anil - thanks for such a nice comment.

@diva - yes, you should plan for another trip ... surely its a librated and peaceful place. thank you so much for the comment.

@backpakker - thanks. you may plan to visit somewhere around ‘Rath Yatra’ time (June/July) but it will be heavily crowded :)

Anand said...

Okay boss, nice pictures. Did you bring any gajjas with you or not ?

Himanshu Sheth said...

Hi Alok,
After seeing the last photo, my mouth started watering but than sometimes we cannot help....Photos are excellent and this line is wonderful "The way people look at us is not the same way we look at them and it is so difficult to understand the wealth of knowledge this person is having"

-Himanshu Sheth
[http://thoughtsprevail.blogspot.com]

Alok said...

@anand - thanks for dropping by and the comment. hey, i had those gajjas with me but sorry its late now.

@himanshu - thanks buddy. heheh ... surely you will get more share next time :)

Vaibhav Pandey-->Technofriends Team said...

Very very interesting post Alok. Its just amazing to see your blog. Keep it going bud.
Cheers
Vaibhav

Alok said...

@vaibhav - glad to see you here and thanks so much for the comment.

Rahi said...

wow. the pictures have brought back the memories. the khajas bring water to my mouth.

anjali gupta said...

Hi..Great to read about your Puri trip. Shri Jagannath Temple in Puri is one of the four holiest religious sites for Hindus or one temples in the Char Dham yatra that a Hindu is expected to make within his lifetime. For accommodation, check out these hotels in Puri .