The greatest attraction of the Puri is a one of the world famous temple of Jagannatha. It is known by the many different names, such as, the Puri temple, the Srimandira, the Bada deva or, the Jagannatha temple. Then, the temple of Jagannatha is one of the tallest monuments in the entire.
The Sub-continent of India and its height is about to 214 feet from the ground (road) level. It stands on the ‘raised platform of stone, measuring about to ten acres. So, It is located in the hear of the town and presents an imposing sight. The temple is the bounded by two compound walls, the outer one known as a Meghanada Pracira & the inner one known as a Kurma Pracira.
Then after, the present temple was built in the 12th century. The temple structure is made from full of the excellent carvings and lovely pieces of sculpture and is a fine specimen of the Kalinga style of architecture. Then after it is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. Only the orthodox Hindus are allowed to visit into the Temple. But, the other religions peoples can see portions of the enclosure from the top of the Emar Matha building, located near the east facing gate of the temple.
The Puri temple is the built on a gigantic raised platform in the heart of the city, the temple complex is made by the wall about seven meters high -including the 0 height of the platform. And The area of the platform is the more than 4,20,000 sq. ft. The wall is pierced by the beautiful four gates, facing the four directions.
On the east-facing gate, there are stone images of the two lions and it is called the Lions Gate. After that The north, south and west facing gates are similarly known as the Elephant Gate, the Horse Gate and the Tiger Gate (it is also called the Khanja Gate) respectively.
Then after the north gate is mainly meant for the God himself in as much as, the logs of wood out of which, the images are fabricated, make their entry into the temple premises through this gate, when the Navakelevara festival takes place. Then The east-facing Lions Gate is the main gate. Then there are wonderful pyramidal structures over the four gates, which are not very old.
After that when we arrive at the vast open area in front of the Lions Gate (eastern gate), we see the monolithic pillar about to 10 meters high. Then this pillar is known as the Aruna Stambha.
According to the Hindu mythology in purans, Aruna is the the charioteer of the Sun-god, The world famous Konarka temple was designed in the form of a stupendous chariot and this monolithic pillar situated with the beautifully carved Aruna seated on its top was installed right in front of the porch of that temple.
When the temple was the abandoned and there was no presiding deity in it, at that time this pillar was removed from Konarka to Puri and was fixed in front of the Jagannatha temple where we can see it now.