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About Sakshigopal Temple

One of the most sacred temples of Puri - the Sakshi Gopal Temple is constructed in the Kalinga style. This temple is crowded with many tourists throughout the year. Talking about its location, it is located on Bhubaneshwar Highway. Every name comes with a story behind it, so does Sakshi Gopal Temple. It is said that there was a poor man who fell in love with the daughter of a village headman. The village headman didn’t agree to marry his daughter to the poor young man because of his poor financial condition. A few days later all the villagers, including the poor young man and village headmaster planned for the sacred journey to Kashi, but the village headman fell ill. All the villagers didn’t care and kept their journey going, but the poor young man stayed back and took care of him. He felt so good and promised to the young man to marry his daughter. When they returned to the village, the village headman asked the young man for a witness. Lord Gopal was so impressed by the love showered on the village headman by the young man that he decided to show up and become his witness. But, there was one condition that Lord Gopal put in front. He said to the young man that no matter what, you do not need to look back. While going back to the village, the young man couldn’t hear footsteps voice of the Lord and turned back immediately and just then, the Lord Gopal froze there and became a statue of stone. Now that place is known as a beautiful Saksi-Gopal Temple. You can reach this temple by train, bus, and Taxi. Sakshi Gopal stands for 'The Witness Gopal.'

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Footwear
  • Allowed Camera

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