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Puri district is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus, Situated along the coast of Bay of Bengal in the state of Odisha. Puri is also known as Jagannath Puri. It is considered as one “Dhaam” among four holy “Dhaam” in India. The holy script of the Skanda Purana describes Puri as the resting place of Lord Vishnu. Apart from this Puri district is famous for its golden sea beach and black pagoda or sun temple of Konark. The famous heritage art village Raghurajpur is in this district, where artisans paint world famous Pattachitra painting. Puri Khaja, Khechuudi, Dalma has its own special flavor.

Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan attacked with ink in Puri 
Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan attacked with ink in Puri 

The Minister was on a visit to Puri today. In the evening, while he was passing through Market Square, workers of Chhatra Congress threw black ink at his vehicle. 

Woman donates Rs 20 lakh to Puri Jagannath Temple, fulfils husband's last wish
Woman donates Rs 20 lakh to Puri Jagannath Temple, fulfils husband's last wish

Suprabha Panda, a resident of Basta Sadanandapur in Balasore district, sold her land measuring 24 decimal in Cuttack to get her husband’s last wish fulfilled.

Puri Srimandir
Now new SJTA office building under scanner, NMA asks for revised DPR

The district administration had submitted an application seeking permission for the same from the NMA under the Ancient Monument and Archeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act.

Rath Yatra: Guja Anukula, Nrusingha Chaturdashi in Puri Srimandir today
Rath Yatra: Guja Anukula, Nrusingha Chaturdashi in Puri Srimandir today

As per the tradition, the initiation ceremony of the chariot wheel construction is carried out at Ratha Khala on Nrusingha Chaturdashi.

Rath Yatra: Failure of ‘Jagannath Bana Prakalpa’ starts affecting chariot construction in Puri  
Rath Yatra: Failure of ‘Jagannath Bana Prakalpa’ starts affecting chariot construction in Puri  

As per the age-old tradition, 865 logs of Phasi, Asana and Dhaura are required for the construction of the three chariots. During the initial stage of construction work, the Maharana servitors require Phasi logs with 6 to 7 feet girth for ‘Tumba’ and of 7 to 8 feet for ‘Pahi’. 

Srimandir heritage corridor
Srimandir Parikrama Project: Reception centre to be shifted out of prohibited area

The Jagannath Reception Centre, which was being constructed inside the prohibited area under the Srimandir Parikrama Project, will now be shifted to a farther location.

BJP National Spokesperson Sambit Patra
Sambit Patra attacked with ink and tomatoes in Puri

Patra was here to lodge his protest against the ongoing constructions under the Puri Srimandir Heritage Corridor project.

Srimandir Heritage Corridor row: Odisha govt destroyed our heritage, says Sambit Patra
Srimandir Heritage Corridor row: Odisha govt destroyed our heritage, says Sambit Patra

Speaking to the media after paying obeisance to the Holy Trinity at the pilgrim town, the BJP leader said, “I pray before Lord Jagannath to give some good sense to Odisha government and  also to MP Pinaki Mishra. This government has destroyed our heritage.”

Puri Jagannath Temple Parikrama Prakalp
Odisha Govt’s Iconoclastic Posture Hurts Millions In Love With Puri Srimandir

The latest development over Srimandir Parikrama Project has hurt sentiments of millions of devotees of Mahaprabhu Jagannath while serious concerns prevail over the government's obsession which some feel is iconoclastic.

Heavy Rainfall Alert
Cyclone Asani: IMD issues yellow warning for heavy rainfall in Odisha

In the past 24 hours, light to moderate rain/thunderstorm has occurred at many places over the districts of coastal Odisha and at one or two places over the districts of interior Odisha with heavy rainfall at one or two places over the districts of Cuttack, Bhadrak and Deogarh.

Construction under Srimandir heritage corridor
MASSIVE COVERUP: Dig work may’ve weakened Srimandir, says ASI

Conforming to the fears of lakhs of Jagannath devotees around the world, the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) on Monday revealed excavation and soil removal work during construction under the Srimandir Parikrama Project may have destroyed the archaeological remains of the heritage site.

No nod to Srimandir Corridor project work so far: ASI to Orissa High Court
No nod to Srimandir Corridor project work so far: ASI tells Orissa High Court

In a significant development in the controversy surrounding the Puri Srimandir Corridor project, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Monday made it clear before the Orissa High Court that it has not granted any permission to Odisha government to carry out the construction of the heritage venture.

Heavy Rain Alert
Cyclonic storm Asani: Heavy rainfall for 3 days in Odisha

As per IMD, the severe cyclonic storm is likely to move northwest wards till May 10 and reach northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts. It is likely to recurve and move towards northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast.

Asani intensifies into severe cyclonic storm, lies about 680 km off Puri
Asani intensifies into severe cyclonic storm, lies about 680 km off Puri

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena has assured that there will be no impact of Cyclone Asani in Odisha as it will move 100 km away off Puri coast.

Puri Rath Yatra: Timber shortage fear looms large 
Puri Rath Yatra: Timber shortage fear looms large 

As per the centuries-old tradition, as many as 865 trunks of Phasi, Asan and Dhaura trees are required for chariot construction every year.

Stop Jagannath Heritage Corridor project, set up expert panel for risk evaluation: VHP-backed outfit
Stop Jagannath Heritage Corridor project, set up expert panel for risk evaluation: VHP-backed outfit

The SMSA spokesperson said a scientific evaluation of the project was necessary not just to avert a colossal imminent mishap but also to ensure that the structural stability of the ancient temple remains intact.

Puri Srimandir Parikrama Project
Puri Srimandir Parikrama Project Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

Among all the controversies and all the doubts, the Jagannath temple heritage corridor project in Puri seems most confusing to the common man.

IMD warns of heavy rainfall as Odisha braces up for possible cyclone
IMD warns of heavy rainfall as Odisha braces up for cyclone 

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday issued heavy rainfall warning for four districts of Odisha on May 10 during the approach of the possible cyclonic system from the Bay of Bengal towards the north Andhra and Odisha coasts.

Ramanujacharya Idol
Ramanujacharya’s valuable tableau missing from Puri Emar mutt

The Mangalagiri tableau which adorns the idol of saint Ramanuja has been missing from the historic Emar Mutt in Puri.

Thunderstorm Alert
40-50 kmph gusty surface wind, thunderstorm alert for Odisha districts

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted thunderstorm with lightning and gusty surface wind reaching 40-50 kmph in one or two places over the districts of North Coastal Odisha, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Khordha, Puri, Dhenkanal in 24 hours.

Rath Yatra 2022: Will devotees participate or not, read here 
Rath Yatra 2022: Will devotees participate or not, read here

Two plans have been readied to make arrangements for the annual festival, said Puri Collector Samarth Verma. 

Agyan Mala For Chariot Making In Puri
Rath Yatra 2022: Logs get Lord’s nod to get sculpted

On the occasion of Akshay Tritiya on Tuesday, the logs at the chariot making shelter near the Srimandir in Puri get the divine permission of the Holy Trinity to get sculpted into the chariots for ensuing Rath Yatra.

Stage set for Chandan Yatra, Akshay Tritiya in Puri tomorrow
Stage set for Chandan Yatra, Akshay Tritiya in Puri tomorrow

Like ordinary people, the sibling deities of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra also suffer from sultry heat of summer months.

Woman dies after jumping off Puri Srimandir ‘gumuta’
Transgender dies after jumping off Puri Srimandir ‘gumuta’

She was immediately rushed to the district headquarters hospital where doctor declared her brought dead, sources informed.

Srimandir heritage corridor row: High-level ASI team Inspects project
Srimandir heritage corridor row: High-level ASI team inspects project

The joint team comprising ASI regional director Dillip Khamari, superintendent archeologist Arun Mallick, assistant superintendent archeologist Chitta Ranjan Das, OBCC and Tata project officials inspected the construction work carried out the inspection around the Purba, Paschima, Uttara and Dakhina dwaras. 

Puri Ratha Yatra 2022
Puri Ratha Yatra 2022: Coordination committee to decide participation of devotees on May 5

The decision has been taken in a meeting today under the chairmanship of Puri Collector Samarth Verma

Puri Heritage Corridor row: ASI to inspect project, submit affidavit before HC by May 7
Puri Heritage Corridor row: ASI to inspect project, submit affidavit before HC by May 7

The joint team will inspect the construction activities around Srimandir under the project. The depth and height of the under-constructed project will be observed and subsequently recorded

Srimandir’s west gate
Puri admin opens Srimandir’s west gate for devotees

All the devotees will now be allowed to get entry into the temple through the West Gate apart from the Lion’s Gate (Singha Dwara)

Tomatoes hurled
Tomatoes hurled during Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi’s ‘padyatra’ in Puri

The youth hurled tomatoes at the gathering near Srimandir office and immediately ran away from the spot

Aparajita Sarangi
Puri heritage corridor row: Aparajita Sarangi puts question mark on Odisha govt’s transparency

The saffron party leader slammed Odisha government for the unlawful digging activities around Srimandir without taking permission from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

Puri Heritage Corridor Project row deepens as ASI says no permission sought for project 
Puri Heritage Corridor Project row deepens as ASI says no permission sought for project 

In a letter recently obtained from the ASI in response to the RTI query filed by one Kshitish Singh, a Kendrapara based RTI activist, the former has said no permission was sought from its Bhubaneswar circle to execute the project.

‘Chatni’, a restaurant managed by only ‘Divyangs’ inaugurated in Puri
‘Chatni’, a restaurant managed by only ‘Divyangs’ inaugurated in Puri

The uniqueness of the restaurant, inaugurated by the district Collector Samarth Verma, is that it is being run by 10 divyangs. 

Accused escapes from police station
ASI, constable suspended after accused in violence case escapes from police station

As per initial reports, ASI Padmini Sahu and constable Rojalia Bakla have been suspended for dereliction of duty by Puri SP Kanwar Vishal Singh

Puri King Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb
Puri Heritage Corridor row: Srimandir is safe, says Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb

Trying to douse the emotional blaze raging against the Srimandir Parikrama Project, the King of Puri, Gajapati Divyasingha Deb on Monday said that the shrine is completely safe and the project does not possess any threat for the temple.

Puri Jagannath Temple
SJTA presents Rs 237.58 crore Jagannath temple budget

While the 12th-century shrine will receive the highest Rs 101.46 crore from the state government as grant, it will generate Rs 60 crore as compensation from land acquisition.

Tent house owner killed
Tent house owner killed during wedding procession in Odisha

A heated argument took place between a DJ owner and tent house proprietor on Friday night after a vehicle carrying DJ equipment during the wedding procession tore tent clothes

Srimandir
Wrong to go ahead with Srimandir Parikrama Project sans DPR: Parliamentary Committee

It is not right on part of the Odisha government to continue construction under the Srimandir Parikrama Project without the Detailed Project Report (DPR), said Sambhaji Raje Chhatrapati, member of the Parliamentary Committee under the Union Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Puri Srimandir Corridor Row: ASI Gets Two Weeks More Time To File Affidavit
Puri Srimandir Corridor Row: ASI Gets Two Weeks More Time To File Affidavit

The Orissa High Court on Thursday granted two weeks more time to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to file affidavit in connection with the construction works near Puri Jagannath temple under the shrine's heritage corridor project.

Heritage corridor project: Puri Srimandir may get a second boundary wall
Heritage corridor project: Puri Srimandir may get a second boundary wall

Plans are afoot to lay a continuous stretch of wall barricade running around the temple for better segregation of the amenities and other facilities designed around the shrine. 

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