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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.

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. 

Srimandir heritage project row: Alteration of info boards kicks off fresh controversy 
Srimandir heritage project row: Alteration of info boards kicks off fresh controversy 

People concerned about the project believe the design of the project might have been intentionally altered by the makers after stiff protest by the Opposition. 

Srimandir heritage corridor row: The story behind removal of old info boards from project site 
Srimandir heritage corridor row: The story behind removal of old info boards from project site 

Meanwhile, speculations are rife that the old information boards have been replaced with the new ones to keep the officials of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and other concerned departments out of loop with regard to the construction work. 

Puri beach connect: Tourists demand more toilets, changing room facilities
Puri beach connect: Tourists demand more toilets, changing room facilities

Under the beach connect initiative, special measures will be taken to clean up the beach. Apart from this, several recreational activities like dance, yoga, volleyball and quizzes will be held on every alternate Sundays.

Chhattisgarh tourist dies after darshan at Puri Jagganath temple
Chhattisgarh tourist collapses inside Puri Srimandir after darshan of Lord Jagannath, dies

As per reports, the devotee had come for the darshan of the sibling deities at the Puri Srimandir along with his family members from Chhattisgarh.

Hapless Son Watched as Father was Swept Away By Sneaker Wave In Puri Sea
Hapless son watched as father was swept away by sneaker wave in Puri sea

The man identified as Bansidhar Behera from Balasore has been missing since then. Life guards have been pressed into action and the search operation is currently on.

Peace Mission: Hindu-Muslim Bikers From Odisha Off To Char-Dham Yatra
Peace Mission: Hindu-Muslim Bikers From Odisha Off To Char-Dham Yatra

The duo--Dipak Pandey and Asif Khan on Tuesday kicked off a bike expedition from Puri Jagannath Dham with a message to spread communal harmony.

CM unveils Puri Medical College, Union Health Min Joins Virtually After ‘Credit War’ Row
CM unveils Puri Medical College, Union Health Min Joins Virtually After ‘Credit War’ Row

The inauguration came a day after a war of words broke out on social media between the BJP and the BJD over the inauguration of the Puri Medical College. The Odisha government shot an invite to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to defuse the situation.

Puri Jagannath Temple Kitchen Vandalism
Puri Jagannath Temple Kitchen Vandalism: Time For Govt To Shift Focus From Facelift To Heightening Security At Srimandir

The act of vandalism inside kitchen of Puri Jagannath temple raises serious issue on temple security and management of Mahaprasad.

Puri Rath Yatra: Slicing Of Chariot Wood Begins At Cuttack
Puri Rath Yatra: Slicing Of Chariot Wood Begins At Cuttack

The process of wood cutting for the construction of the three chariots for the famous Rath Yatra festival in Puri formally kicked off at Cuttack on Sunday.

Puri Medical College Inauguration: Credit War Intensifies Between BJP, BJD
Puri Medical College Inauguration: Credit War Intensifies Between BJP, BJD

While Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to dedicate the Shree Jagannath Medical College and Hospital in Puri tomorrow (April 11), BJP is of the view that Patnaik should have been made a courtesy call to the Prime Minister.

Srimandir Parikrama Project: Outfit Opposes Digging Work Around Temple
Srimandir Parikrama Project: Outfit Opposes Digging Work Around Temple

Members of the outfit suspect that some attempts have been made to weaken the foundation of the Srimandir by digging pits near it. The members of the outfit staged the demonstration in front of Puri Singhadwar.

Pit Dug Up For Srimandir Parikrama Project Refilled
Puri Admin Refills Pit Dug For Srimandir Parikrama Project

In an unexpected turn of events, the District Administration of Puri has refilled a pit dug for construction under the Srimandir Parikrama Project on Friday.

Bengal Tourist 'Falls To Death' From Hotel In Puri, Family Cries Murder
Bengal Tourist 'Falls To Death' From Hotel In Puri, Family Cries Murder

Sanjib Sarkar, the father of the deceased has filed a police complaint at Sea Beach Police Station alleging his son was murdered. As per his complaint, Chaini’s friends planned to eliminate him and therefore brought him to Puri to execute the crime.

CCTV Surveillance, ‘Sodha’ Ritual In Puri Srimandir Intensified After Roshaghara Desecration Inciden
CCTV Surveillance, ‘Sodha’ Ritual In Puri Srimandir Intensify After Roshaghara Desecration Incident 

Puri district Collector Samarth Verma on Thursday said that CCTV cameras would also be installed at four different locations to keep a vigil on the roshaghara (kitchen).

Srimandir Kitchen Vandalism Accused
Srimandir Kitchen Vandalism: Accused Sent To 14-Day Judicial Custody

The Puri SDJM Court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of J Mohapatra, the prime accused in the Srimandir kitchen vandalism case and sent him to 14-day judicial custody.

Puri Srimandir
Srimandir Kitchen Vandalism: My Son Is Obsessed With Cleanliness, Says Father Of Accused

The accused of Srimandir kitchen vandalism case J Mohapatra, a 30-year-old youth from Begunia area of Khordha district, is reportedly obsessed with cleanliness and did not like dirt in any religious places, especially in Srimandir, claimed, his father on Wednesday.

Srimandir Kitchen Vandalism
Srimandir Kitchen Vandalism: Accused Sings Like A Canary

“He has confessed to the crime but as of now, his statement seems vague and unclear. He has only clarified that he committed the act out of uneasiness. Further investigation is underway to divulge the exact motive behind the case,” added the Puri SP.

BJP National VP Baijayant Panda
BJP National VP Jay Panda Slams Odisha Govt Over Srimandir Parikrama Project

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) mounted more pressure on the Odisha government on Tuesday over the alleged unauthorised construction under Srimandir Parikrama Project, with its National Vice President, Baijayant Panda slamming the government’s move.

Lord Jagannath Devotee From Russia At Puri
Puri's ISKCON Devotee Vouches for War To Find Peace

Far away from the grim reality of the war that is witnessing Russian forces pounding the Ukrainian cities with bombs, the pilgrim town of Puri in Odisha acts as a unifier rather than a destroyer.

Driver Suffers Heart Attack
Bus Driver Suffers Heart Attack On Wheels, Alert Conductor Saves Many Lives

All 49 passengers on board escaped unhurt as the bus conductor showed exemplary presence of mind and swift action to ensure safety of all the occupants inside the vehicle

Srimandir
Srimandir Kitchen Vandalism: Show Cause Notice To 4 JTP, Servitors Also Questioned

Chief Secretary and the DGP both visited the 12th-century shrine later on Monday evening under the direction of CM Naveen to inspect the situation. 

Miscreant Behind Desecration Of Srimandir Kitchen Will Be Nabbed Soon: Odisha Chief Secy   
Miscreant Behind Desecration Of Srimandir Kitchen Will Be Nabbed Soon: Odisha Chief Secy   

Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra along with DGP Sunil Bansal visited the Srimandir to carry out a detail inspection of the desecrated kitchen.

Aparajita Sarangi
Why Digging Near Srimandir Not Stopped Yet Despite ASI Directives, Asks MP Aparajita Sarangi

Intensifying protest over alleged violation of norms in Srimandir Heritage Corridor Project works in Puri, Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi on Monday lashed out at the Odisha government and questioned why the construction activities have not been stopped even after the direction of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

FIR Lodged For Vandalising Chulhas Inside Puri Jagannath Temple; Internal Probe On, Says Collector
FIR Lodged Over Vandalising Of Chulhas Inside Puri Jagannath Temple; Internal Probe Also On, Says Collector

According to the Collector, a crucial meeting with all the stakeholders was conducted to ensure all the rituals and other traditions are conducted without any hassles in the wake of the controversy.

Puri Heritage Corridor Row: 'Project Plaques Put Up At Construction Site Unconvincing' 
Puri Heritage Corridor Row: 'Project Plaques Put Up At Construction Site Unconvincing' 

Despite protests against the ongoing construction works of the project, plaques and diagrams were on Sunday found to have been put up near the 12th century shrine in Puri.

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