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Swargadwar in Puri

Swargadwar is a famous cremation ground of the Hindus located at the holy city of Puri. The word Swargadwar is made by combining two words, ‘Swarga’ which means the Heaven and “dwara” which means Door and hence Swargadwar literally means “Door to Heaven”. There is this common belief among Hindus that if any one ends his or her life at the holy Swargadwara then he or she avails direct accessibility to the heaven and also gets rid of all the sins committed in life. The beach attracts a number of Hindu pilgrims, who take bath at a place named ‘Mahadadhi’ on the beach. The beach near Swargadwar also attracts non-religious tourists due to its magnificent locales and serene ambiance.

Swargadwar in Puri

Legends Related to Swargadwar

It is believed that during Amavasya, the new-moon night Lord Narayana who is known to have incarnated in the form of Lord Jagannath visits the sea after crossing the Swargadwara. As per the mythology the beach of Puri is the bathing place of Sri Chaitanya Mahadev and his dedication towards Lord Jagannath was rewarded. According to scriptures, the Brahmadaru, from which the three main deities of the temple of Lord Jagannath are carved out, floated to the beach at Swargadwar.

Jagannath Puri is also said to be the ‘Martya Vaikuntha’ whereby Lord Jagannath, an incarnation of God Vishnu stays at one of the greatest temple of the country. Most of the places related to nLord Jagannath hold lots of importance and hence they are named as Bada or Maha, Bada Danda, Bada Deula, Maha Prasada, Maha Dipa and Maha Dadhi.

Local Belief about Swargadwar

There is a strong belief among people of Puri, that if anybody dies here, the soul departs for heaven where it attains ‘Mukti’ referring to salvation. Visitors and devotees visiting Swargadwar. People take bath at the beach near Swargadwar in the early hours.

Location of Swargadwar:
Located at around 2 km from the famous Temple of Lord Jagannath, Swargadwar, is located at the beach side towards South-west corner of Puri.

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