India’s most auspicious place of cremation known as ‘Swargadwar’ located on the shore of Bay of Bengal (known as Mahodadhi) about two kilometers to the South of Sri Jagannath temple and South-Eastern area of the Holy city of Puri in the state of Odisha. Millions of Hindus believe that, by cremating the body at swargadwar, the soul will attain the ultimate Salvation.

In every Amavasya, Lord Jagannath (Amavasya Narayan) visits the sea (Mahodadhi)which is said to be the house of his in-laws near to this cremation ground. As per ‘Swargadwar prashasti’ , of Purusottama Mahatmya in Skanda Purana, everyday the Gods and Goddesses used to land here to visit Lord Jagannath temple.
Apart from this, there are many lores and beliefs which are spoken by the locals of Puri.

In this creamation ground, one can find ancient temples like Smasana Kali who witnesses all departed souls, followed by Chinmayaswar temple And Bhutanath temple.

Naveen Patnaik

C.M Odisha

Swargadwar Seva Samity Governing Body

The Swargdwar seva samity known as (SSS), puri is a non-profit non-political welfare organization registered under society registration act 1860 and established with an objective to develop and provide better infrastructure, administration and governance of Puri Swargadwar. The collector-cum-district magistrate, puri acts as the ex-officio chairman of Swargadwar seva samity and sub-collector,puri acts as the convener-secretary of Swargadwar seva samity. Apart from this, with other line department officials, three nominated civil society representatives from different fields are included as the governing body members of SSS.


Samartha Verma (I.A.S)
Collector cum District Magistate Puri

Ex-Officio Chairman


Kanwar Vishal Singh (I.P.S)

S.P Puri


Bhavatarana Sahoo (Sub Collector)
Ex-Officio Convener cum Secretary


Gopi Mishra
Asst. Collector (Protocol)

Ex-Officio Treasurer


Rudramani Sahoo
Divisional Manager O.F.D.C (B.B.S.R)


Saroj Swain

E.O Puri Municipality

Bijaya Narayan Ramanuj Das Guru
Mahanta (HT of Kataki Matha)

Civil Society Member

Taluchha Nilakantha Mohapatra
(Sri Mandir Sevayat)

Civil Society Member

Sidhartha Roy
(Social Worker)

Civil Society Member