Having one of the largest briny water lakes in India namely the Chilika Lake, the city offers an ideal resort to migratory birds.
Better known as the earthly abode of Lord Vishnu or Jagannath, Puri has a rich cultural heritage presenting a unique blend of claims of time and eternity with a power answerable only to wisdom.
This specific group of Indo-Europeans called themselves Aryans (meaning the 'civilised' or 'respectable', although the rather tainted 'Aryan' term has been replaced by modern scholars with the more accurate 'Indo-Aryan').
This rather elitist naming was presumably in reaction to the apparently barbarous people they encountered, with them displacing (or sometimes integrating with) the native Elamo-Dravidian peoples.
Other religious heads and dignitaries like Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Rai Ramananda , Jayadeva, Gorakhanath- the father of Nath cult of religious iconoclasm and Saint Totapuri- a vedant teacher of Ramakrishna have also visited Puri leaving indelible imprints of their philosophies on the cultural curtain of the city.
In addition to its undaunted spiritual significance, it is the quintessential characteristic of its culture and philosophy that has helped Puri to be transformed from Pan-Indian to Pan-Continental.
Considered to be utterly pious by the Hindus, Puri is one of the four sacred dhamas representing a rare spark of immortality owned against the powers of negation , through a spirit of university , adaptability by the Oriya people.
The city is also possesses a very significant monastery in the form of Gobardhan matha established by Adi Shankaracharya on his visit to Puri.
Later, the kings of the Somavamsi dynasty began to unite the region. 1025 CE, they had integrated the region into a single kingdom.Kalinga / Orissa Many small kingdoms existed in northern India while the powerful kingdom of Magadha dominated in north-eastern India during the first millennium BC, and occasionally extended its influence across the entire Ganges Plain towards the modern border with Pakistan.Like Magadha, the kingdom of Kalinga (roughly the Puri, Ganjam and Cuttack districts of modern Orissa (or Odisha since 2011) in central south-eastern India and part of Andhra Pradesh), was founded by Indo-Europeans who migrated into India from around 1500 BC, but who were originally from Central Asia.), known as Kalinga in ancient times, started before 350 BC according to early sources.The people of this region of eastern India along the coast of the Bay of Bengal sailed up and down the Indian coast, and travelled to Indo China and throughout Maritime Southeast Asia, introducing elements of their culture to the people with whom they traded.For this reason, some of the ports named in ancient times are no longer in existence, or have greatly declined.