In the Orissa famine of 1866 more than one-third of the population of Puri is said to have perished.
PURI, or Jagannath, a town and district of British India, in the Orissa division of Bengal.
Puri district is rich in historical remains, from the primitive rock-hewn caves of Buddhism - the earliest relics of Indian architecture - to the medieval sun temple at Kanarak and the shrine of Jagannath.
Puri first came under British administration in 1803.
It is served by the East Coast railway, which was opened throughout from Calcutta to Madras in 1891, with a branch to Puri town.