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Ramachandi Temple Puri Address: Ramachandi Temple, Konark Road, Ramachandi, Khalakata, Puri Odisha, 752001, India
Ramachandi Temple is a sacred Hindu shrine, located only about 5 km away from Konark in the Puri district of Odisha. Goddess Chandi is the presiding deity, worshiped at the temple. The shrine is one of the most famous Shakti Pithas of Odisha. Natural calamities over time have destroyed a major portion of it, yet owing to its sanctity, it still receives a large number of devotees every year.
History of Ramachandi Temple Puri
According to a folklore, in 17th century, a rebellious Hindu Brahmin named Kalapahad converted to Islam and vowed to demolish all the Hindu temples. In his quest to do so, he tried to destroy the Ramachandi Temple, situated on the backside of the Sun Temple. He was successful in damaging the Sun Temple to a large extent but was unable to destroy the Ramachandi Temple.
However, on the same night, Goddess Ramachandi appeared in the dream of one of her dedicated devotees and ordered him to build another temple of her near the bank of the Kusabhadra River. As per local beliefs, this is the temple that was built by that devotee.
Goddess Ramachandi is an incarnation of Goddess Durga, and therefore, festivals like Durga Puja, Dussehra and Kali Puja are celebrated in the temple every year. Another festival known as Sola Puja is also observed at the shrine for 16 days during the Durga Puja.
Architecture of Ramachandi Temple Puri
Ramachandi Temple is built as per the traditional Odisha style of architecture. It is a north facing temple consisting of two parts - one being Vimana and the other being Jagamohana. In front of the Jagamohana, there is an open roof Mandapa. The shrine is made up of bricks, sandstone and laterite. Inside the sanctum, the idol of Goddess Chandi can be seen in a sitting posture over a lotus flower, which is half covered by sand mounds.
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Things to do in Ramachandi Temple Puri
Exploring the temple’s architecture is one of the things to do at this holy shrine besides offering prayers. One of the highlights of traveling to this shrine is the opportunity to enjoy the vistas of the Puri Marine Drive, along the way.
Besides experiencing the peace and calmness at the temple, tourists can head to the nearby famous Ramachandi Beach. An interesting fact about this beach is that it is situated right at the convergence of the Kusabhadra River and the Bay of Bengal. Another popular spot to visit nearby is the Sun Temple, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ramachandi Temple Puri Timings and Entry fee
There is no entry fee to visit the Ramachandi Temple in Puri. The shrine remains open on all days of the week, from 6 am to 6 pm.
How to reach Ramachandi Temple Puri
The nearest railway station to the Ramachandi Temple is the Puri Railway Station, which is approximately 26.4 km away from the temple. It takes about 48 minutes to reach the shrine by road.
On the other hand, the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport to the temple, located about 78.2 km away. Tourists can easily hire a private cab from the Bhubaneswar Airport from top car rental companies in Bhubaneswar to reach Puri or alternatively, take a bus. Traveling from the Puri Railway Station or any part of the city to this temple can be done either by hiring a private taxi or auto rickshaw.
Things to keep in mind while visiting to Ramachandi Temple Puri
- Footwear is not allowed inside the temple.
- There are small shops in the temple complex, from where visitors can purchase Puja items for offering.
- Parking facility is available at the premises.
- Outside the temple, small vendors sell food items and fresh coconut water.
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