About Gundicha Temple

The Gundicha Temple is a Hindu temple located in the coastal city of Puri in the state of Odisha.

Also known as the Garden House of Lord Jagannath, the temple which remains vacant for most part of the year, comes to action during the annual Rath Yatra celebration of Lord Jagannath.

Gundicha Temple

The idols of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra remain at the Gundicha temple for seven complete days (9 days including start and end of Rath Yatra) during the annual Rath Yatra.

Gundicha temple is located inside a beautiful garden, surrounded by compound walls on all sides. It is located at a distance of around 3 kilometres from the Jagannath Puri Temple (Shrimandira).

The temple is around 430 feet long and is 75 feet tall.

The sanctum sanctorum of the Gundicha temple features a raised platform called Ratnavedi made of chlorite. It is 4 feet high and 19 feet long. On this Ratnavedi deities are placed during the annual festivities.

The temple has two gates. The western gate is the main gate of the temple, through with the deities enter the temple on the Rath Yatra day while eastern gate is used as the exit gate for the departure of the deities on the Bahuda Yatra day.