Sakshi Gopala temple
This is an important Krishna temple that is dedicated to Sakshi Gopala. Sakshi Gopala means “the witness Gopala.” This Deity was originally in Vrindavan. Once, two Vidyanagara Brahmins, one elderly and the other young, after touring many places of pilgrimage, finally reached Vrindavan. While in Vrindavan, to reciprocate with the service the younger Brahmin had rendered him, the older Brahmin promised his daughter in marriage.
He made this promise before the Gopala Deity in Vrindavan. Some time later, after having returned to Vidyanagara, the young Brahmin reminded the older Brahmin of his promise. Due to pressure from his family members, the elderly Brahmin said he could not remember having made any such promise. The younger Brahmin then returned to Vrindavan and told the whole story to Gopalaji. Being obliged by the young man’s devotional attitude, Sri Gopala followed him to South India, where he bore witness to the elderly Brahmin’s promise. Hence, by the Lord’s grace, the marriage was performed. The Deity was later moved to Cuttack, then to the Jagannath temple, and finally to its present location. Non-Hindus can not enter this temple. This temple is 10km west of Puri. You can take a train here, as it is a stop on the Puri-Bhubaneswar line. You can also take a bus or taxi.