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Pilgrimages of Odisha

  1. Puri: Ancient pilgrimage of Sri Jagannath, Shakti Peetha (Viraja Kshetra Shakti Peetha) and All India Char Dham
  2. Konark: Famous Temple of the Sun God

Puri (Purushottama Kshetra):

Puri Jagannath Temple - Ancient pilgrimage of Sri Jagannath: Puri known by the ancient name of Purushottama Kshetra is an ancient pilgrimage of Sri Jagannath. Puri is also a Shakti Peetha and All India Char Dham.

- Legend of Sri Jagannath: The legend of Sri Jagannath is described in the Skanda Purana - Purushottama Kshetra Mahatmya. Refer to excerpts from Purushottama Kshetra Mahatmya.

- Shakti Peetha: Puri is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas known as Viraja Kshetra Shakti Peetha. The Shakti Peetha is mentioned in the Peetha Nirnaya texts. According to legend the Nabhi (Navel) of Devi had fallen at Utkala. The Devi is known as Vimala and Bhairava is known as Jagannatha. The Viraja Kshetra Shakti Peetha is identified with the Jagannath temple at Puri. The Shakti Peetha is located within the Jagannatha temple complex.
(Refer to the Shakti Peetha Stotram)

- All India Char Dham: Puri is one of the 4 All India Char Dhams.
(The All India Char Dhams are: Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, Rameshwaram)

- Puri is located in the Puri district of Odisha.

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Konark Sun Temple - Famous temple of Sun God: Konark has the famous temple of Sun God. The place is associated with the legend of Samba.

- Legend: According to this legend, Samba the son of Sri Krishna and Jambavati was cursed by rishi Durvasa. As a result of which he became a leper. Samba appealed to his father Sri Krishna who advised him to go to forest Mittra Vana on the banks of river Chandrabhaga and worship the Sun God. Samba went there and practised penance for many years. The Sun God was pleased, appeared before him and told him to ask for a boon. Samba asked for the cure of his disease. The Sun God granted the boon and Samba regained his handsome form. Samba asked for the second boon that whenever he prayed to the Sun, He should appear before him. The Sun God told him about an image of His lying in river Chandrabhaga. He told Samba to take it out and worship it. Samba was overjoyed to find that image. He took it out and built a temple to worship it. Samba asked the priest of Ugrasen, the king of Mittra to perform the daily worship rituals in the temple. The priest did not agree. Samba was then forced to invite the Magha priests from Sakadwipa to perform the daily worship in the temple.

- Konark Sun Temple is located in the Puri district of Odisha.

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Pilgrimages by States:

North India: Jammu and Kashmir - Himachal Pradesh - Uttarakhand - Punjab - Haryana - Rajasthan - Uttar Pradesh

West India: Gujarat - Maharashtra

Central India: Madhya Pradesh

East India: Assam - Meghalaya - Tripura - Jharkhand - Odisha - West Bengal

South India: Karnataka - Andhra Pradesh - Telangana - Kerala - Tamil Nadu

Bharatavarsha - The Land of Gods and Sages:

1. Stotras by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
Others: Murugan - Ganga

3. Sadhana: Sadhana - Hermitages - Penances

4. Saints: Ramakrishna - Vivekananda - Ramana - Saints

5. Sacred Geography: Forests - Mountains - Rivers - Lakes

6. Puranas: Scriptures

7. Religious Life: Stotras - Puja - Pilgrimages - Festivals - Varnashramas - Samskaras - Traditions

8. Other Aspects: Sanskrit - Arts - Music - Dance - Medicine - Architecture - Astronomy

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