Puri Heritage: Corridor Project

Puri Heritage: Corridor Project


  • The Odisha government will soon lay the foundation stone of the Puri Heritage Corridor, which will be built at a cost of Rs 800 crore.
  • The project is a part of the Expansion of Infrastructure and Development of Heritage and Architecture (ABADHA) scheme to develop Puri as a world class heritage city.

Puri Heritage Corridor Project:

  • Envisaged in the year 2016, the Puri Heritage Corridor project was unveiled in December 2019 to transform the holy city of Puri into an International Heritage Site.
  • The project includes redevelopment of major parts of the holy city and surrounding Jagannath Temple for visitors and tourists.
  • The project will include Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) building redevelopment, a 600 capacity Srimandir Welcome Centre, Jagannath Cultural Centre, Badadanda Heritage Streetscape, beach development, Puri Lake, Musa River revival plan etc.

Jagannath Temple:

  • It is believed to have been built in the 12th century by Anantvarman Chodaganga, a king of the Eastern Ganga dynasty.
  • Jagannath Puri Temple is called ‘Yamanika Tirtha’, according to Hindu beliefs, the power of the God of Death ‘Yama’ ended because of the presence of Lord Jagannath here.
  • This temple was called “White Pagoda” and is one of the Char Tirth Dham (Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, Rameshwaram).
  • The temple has four gates – the eastern ‘Singhdwara’ which is the main gate with two bowed lions, the southern ‘Ashwadwara’, the western ‘Tiger Gate’ and the northern ‘Hastidwara’. Each gate has a specific type of carving.
  • Opposite the entrance is the Aruna Pillar or Surya Pillar, which was originally the Sun Temple at Konark.
  • Festivals: The world famous RathYatra and BahudaYatra.

Other Important Monuments in Odisha:

  • Konark Sun Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Tara Tarini Temple
  • Lingaraja Temple
  • Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves

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