Arriving early morning at Puri has it’s own charm, the peal of temple bells, the hum of holy chants accompanied by Aarti (lighting of lamp to the gods) the sombre priests, the fragrance of flowers and incense is very soul stirring.
Puri is the pilgrim centre of the East, a prominent Hindu one. Foreigners and Indian tourists flock to this temple city not just to soak in the Hindu flavour but also to holiday along the famous beaches of Puri.
The fervour and craving most temples in Puri attract devotees by the droves are unmistakably so ingrained among the locals. The askew glance shot at me by the Pandas (priests in Oriya) at my short hair and slightly western clothing was a bit deterring.
Morning bathing ritual is mandatory before entering any temples in Puri! Like in Bali I noticed every corner, every lane has temples big and small.