Jagganath Temple of Paradip is one of the classic examples of a secular India, showcasing unity in diversity. At the entry gate is a 60 feet high pillar known as the Aruna Stambha with a concrete arch at the top of the pillar giving it an elegant. Here, holy symbols of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Sikhism are engraved, and the place is said to have never witnessed communal differences of any kind.
Unlike elsewhere, non-hindus too lend a hand in drawing the chariot during the annual Rath Yatra or chariot festival. Visitors to the port area from other countries ensure they visit this Jagganath Temple which is probably the only Jagganath temple in the entire state, open to all without any kind of restricted entry. When you visit this temple, do make it a point to taste the prasad or ‘abhada’ made in the temple’s kitchen.