Puri: News

15 Jan 2024

Ram Mandir

Puri's Shankaracharya explains decision to skip Ram Mandir consecration ceremony

Amid the controversy over the four Shankaracharyas skipping the Ram Mandir consecration ceremony in Ayodhya, Puri's Shankaracharya Swami Nischalanand Saraswati Maharaj on Monday made a statement explaining the reason behind the decision.

01 Jan 2024

Jagannath Temple

Mandatory dress code implemented at Puri's Jagannath Temple: What's banned

The Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha, on Monday implemented a strict dress code for devotees entering the 12th-century shrine.

03 Oct 2023


Exploring India's ancient towns and their timeless charm

Ancient civilizations have left behind signs of their presence in the shape of towns and communities that have withstood the test of time, weaving their threads into India's rich tapestry of history.

12 Apr 2023


Odisha: BJP's Sambit Patra walks barefoot on burning coal bed

Bharatiya Janata Party's national spokesperson Sambit Patra on Tuesday walked barefoot around 10 meters on a burning coal bed at the ongoing Jhamu Jatra festival in Rebati Raman village of Puri, Odisha.

09 Sep 2022


5 amazing recipes featuring asafoetida that you must try today

A commonly used ingredient in Indian households, asafoetida orhing has a strong and pungent odor due to the presence of sulfur compounds in it.

06 Sep 2022


5 things to take back home from Odisha

Well-known for the age-old temples, beautiful beaches, fascinating tribal culture, Buddhist relics, and mouth-watering cuisine, Odisha has some diverse treasures to discover.

01 Jul 2022


Odisha: Full Jagannath Rath Yatra opens today after two years

As the nine-day annual Jagannath Rath Yatra begins on Friday, the enthusiasm among the devotees in Odisha's Puri is palpable.

03 Jun 2022


Jagannath Puri: SC dismisses petitions against excavations, constructions around temple

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed several petitions challenging the Odisha government's excavation and construction around Puri's Jagannath temple, deeming the petitions "frivolous" and not in the public interest.

28 Sep 2021


Huge blast at Balanga Police Station in Puri, no casualty

A massive explosion inside the Balanga Police Station in Odisha's Puri district last night damaged the building severely, the police said on Tuesday.

11 Sep 2021

Jagannath Temple

Police nabs 12 people for running fake RT-PCR certificate racket

The Puri Police has registered three cases and arrested 12 persons on charges of running a fake RT-PCR certificate racket that provided forged documents to people for getting entry into Shree Jagannath temple in Puri.

19 Aug 2021


Odisha: Ruins of ancient temple found in Bhargavi river bed

A heritage research group team on Thursday claimed that it had stumbled upon the possible ruins of an ancient temple of 13-14th century Common Era in Odisha's Puri district.

16 Aug 2021


Non-Puri residents allowed to cremate bodies at 'Swargadwar' crematorium

The Puri district administration on Monday allowed people from outside Puri to cremate the mortal remains of their near and dear ones at the Swargadwar crematorium in the sea beach in Puri with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocol, officials said.

SC disallows 'Rath Yatra' at places other than Odisha's Puri

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed pleas seeking permission to conduct Rath Yatra at various places other than Puri's Jagannath temple in Odisha, saying it cannot take any chance in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

06 Apr 2021


COVID-19 negative report must to visit Jagannath Temple

The district administration in Odisha's Puri, where the iconic Shree Jagannath Temple attracts lakhs of visitors, on Tuesday made it mandatory for travelers from five states to produce RT-PCR negative reports at the railway station and bus stands in view of spiraling cases.

09 Feb 2021

Jagannath Temple

Bylaws on Puri Jagannath temple withdrawn following request by Patnaik

After Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and delegations of BJD and BJP MPs urged the Centre to withdraw the draft bylaws notification issued by the National Monuments Authority (NMA) stopping any developmental work within 100 meters radius of Shree Jagannath temple in Puri, it was taken back on Monday.

04 Jan 2021


Jagannath temple reopens for all devotees

Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri reopened for all devotees on Sunday after remaining closed for nine months due to the pandemic.

29 Dec 2020

Air India

Aviation Minister says suspension of UK flights may be extended

Last week, the Indian government suspended flights to and from the United Kingdom till December 31, in view of the mutated strain of coronavirus.

23 Dec 2020

Lord Jagannath

Lord Jagannath Temple reopens, public 'darshan' from January 3

The Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri, which closed in the middle of March in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, reopened for devotees on Wednesday.

30 Oct 2020


Centre extends cap on domestic airfare till February 24

The lower and upper limits on fares for domestic air travel will remain in place for another three months, till February 24, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday.

28 Aug 2020


Refusal to wear masks will get you on 'no-fly' list

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced that passengers who refuse to wear masks on flights would be put on a no-fly list.

25 Aug 2020


By Diwali, domestic air operations could be restored: Hardeep Puri

Come Diwali (November 14), much of India's domestic civil air traffic will be restored to original numbers, said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday.

18 Aug 2020


India plans bilateral 'air bubbles' with 5 neighboring countries

India has proposed to establish bilateral air bubble arrangements with five of its neighbors, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Tuesday. Notably, Pakistan is not among the list of neighbors.

08 Aug 2020


Kerala crash: Digital flight data recorder, cockpit voice recorder recovered

The digital flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder from the Air India flight that crashed in Kerala on Friday evening have been recovered, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Saturday.

08 Aug 2020


Kerala crash: Pilot who died was a celebrated ex-IAF officer

Had it not been for the deceased pilots, Wing Commander Deepak Vasant Sathe and Captain Akhilesh Kumar, the unfortunate Air India Express flight would have caught fire and taken more lives, survivors of last evening's crash said.

16 Jul 2020


India establishes bilateral 'air bubbles' with France, US: Details here

India on Thursday announced it has set up bilateral "air bubbles" with France and the US to resume international commercial flights from Friday.

22 Jun 2020


On Rath Yatra, SC says, "Will let Odisha government decide"

Hearing petitions against its earlier order, which stopped the famed Rath Yatra in Puri, Odisha, the Supreme Court on Monday empowered the Odisha government to take a call.

04 Jun 2020

India Today

Government may resume international flights by next month

A recent report from India Today had suggested that the Ministry of Civil Aviation was contemplating to resume international flight operations in July.

Airlines told to keep middle-seats vacant or give 'wrap-around gowns'

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday asked airlines to keep middle seats vacant during journeys to ward off risks of coronavirus transmission.

01 Jun 2020

Indian Railways

200 trains resume services today: Check full list here

From today, June 1, the Indian Railways will be running 200 special trains (100 pairs), with more than 1.45 lakh passengers traveling on the first day itself.

25 May 2020


India takes to skies again, air travel resumes with precautions

Two months after all air travel was suspended in India, amid coronavirus crisis, domestic operations restarted from today, with a number of precautions.

21 May 2020


14-day quarantine not required for domestic fliers: Hardeep Singh Puri

As domestic flight operations are set to resume from Monday, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said there will be no quarantine for passengers.

21 May 2020


Air fares will be capped for three months

Once airlines restore partial services from Monday, they will have to adhere to the pricing guidelines of the Civil Aviation Ministry, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday. The rates will be capped for three months.

20 May 2020

Hardeep Singh Puri

Domestic flights to resume from May 25: Civil Aviation Minister

Domestic flights are set to resume operations from May 25 after being grounded for nearly two months amid the nationwide lockdown, imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19.

19 Apr 2020

Piyush Goyal

Air, train travel restrictions to continue beyond May 3: Report

A day after Air India opened bookings for flights traveling May 4 onwards, a report said restrictions on air and train travel may continue beyond May 3.

30 Jan 2020


Kunal Kamra banned by airlines; what do lawyers, DGCA say?

Budget flier IndiGo on Tuesday suspended stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra from flying with the airline after the latter heckled journalist Arnab Goswami on a Mumbai-Lucknow flight.

11 May 2019


Cyclone Fani: Living without electricity, residents protest on streets

On May 3, Cyclone Fani made landfall in Odisha and left a trail of destruction. As the coastal state is struggling to pick up its pieces, residents are losing cool, and naturally so.

05 May 2019


Cyclone Fani: 16 dead, Puri struggles to return on feet

Cyclone Fani, the rare storm which hit Odisha on Friday wreaked havoc in Puri, the home of Lord Jagannath, with residents struggling in the absence of drinking water and food. The death toll due to Fani (pronounced as Foni) reached 16.

23 Mar 2019


BJP releases second list of candidates, Sambit Patra gets Puri

The Bharatiya Janata Party released its second list of candidates for upcoming Lok Sabha elections late on Friday night.

Delhi: Dense fog disrupts flights and trains

On Friday morning, at least a dozen flights from Delhi was put on hold for nearly three hours, as a dense fog engulfed the national capital, leading to poor visibility conditions.

SC: Policemen can't wear shoes, carry weapons into Jagannath Temple

After violence erupted at the iconic Jagannath Temple in Puri on October 3, the Supreme Court, on Wednesday, said that no policemen should enter the temple with weapons and shoes.

10 Oct 2018


Red alert sounded as cyclonic storm Titli heads towards Odisha

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning that a cyclonic storm, Titli, is developing in the Bay of Bengal and moving towards the Andhra Pradesh and the Odisha coast.

08 Oct 2018

Jagannath Temple

Puri violence: 5 policemen suspended for negligence, 18 persons arrested

Five policemen have been suspended for dereliction of duty following the violence that rocked Puri on October 3 over protests at Jagannath temple, police said.

04 Aug 2018


Odisha: IMD predicts heavy rainfall for the next two days

Forecasting formation of a low-pressure area over West Bengal and neighborhood during the next 48 hours, the IMD today predicted heavy rainfall in the next two days in Odisha.

15 Jul 2018


Odisha: Jagannath temple sans deities waits for state govt's attention

Even as Rath Yatra was celebrated with fervor in Puri, a small town Marada in Odisha's Ganjam district, which houses a 300-year-old Jagannath temple, spent a quiet day with no chariots rolling out of the shrine.

10 Jul 2018


ECoR's special-drive to keep Puri station clean during Rath Yatra

The East Coast Railway will launch a special drive to keep the Puri railway station in Odisha clean during the Rath Yatra, an official said.

17 Jun 2018


After 10.5% pay-cut, HDFC Bank CEO earns Rs. 2.64L daily

India's highest-paid banker, Aditya Puri, HDFC Bank CEO, has taken a pay cut of 10.5% for FY18. Despite the reduction, he will earn a whopping Rs. 2.64L per day, or Rs. 9.6cr annually!

Puri: Jagannath Temple's Ratna Bhandar needs renovation, says official

The Ratna Bhandar (storehouse for ornaments) of Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri is in need of repair, a senior administration official of the shrine said today.

12 Mar 2018


Cuttack: Govt. doctors booked for medical-negligence leading to teen's death

In an alleged medical negligence case, an FIR has been registered against three senior doctors of Cuttack's government-run SCB Medical College and Hospital.