The summer holidays are the days of recreation and rest since these days come after hard work. These days come after the declaration of the school result. As the holidays began, I was enthused to plan for the period. I did not have to think much of the examination.
I was only thinking how to spend the vacation pleasantly, in visiting places, in reading of literature. I sought permission from my parents to pay a visit to Puri, a place that has fame all over the world. I had a desire to visit an ancient temple. I had heard of the attractive features of Puri with all its pictures que beauty from one of my friends. Its climatic condition on account of its location close to the seaside further attracted my mind to pay a visit in summer.
After the declaration of the result on 6th May, I caught the Talcher Puri train. The journey was interesting. I reached Bhubaneswar first and there I visited Lingaraj temple, the caves of Khandagiri and Udayagiri to know the historical importance of the places. Next day I went to Puri from Bhubaneswar by bus. The temple of Lord Jagannath is sacred for the Hindus. The temple has a spacious yard surrounding it.
The attractive feature of the temple is that even the lowest caste people partake the Prasad offered to the gods with the highest caste people. The people of the highest caste do not reject to this tradition.
The crowd the place draws during summer is large. We offered our bhoga to the Lords. In the evening I spent the time on the sea beach enjoyed the cool breeze of the summer nights. The heat of summer was not felt there.
From Puri I went to Berhampur by bus. There I lived in one of my friend's house. I visited the movie, held talks with other friends. When I went Tara Tarini temple at Berhampur with my friends we had to climb hills. The passing of the evenings on the sea beach was indeed joyous. On my way back to home I did not miss the opportunity of visiting the zoo at Nandankanan.
As the school was to be opened on 15th June, I had to put an end to my pleasure trip there. I had no much money make further journey. I had got the pleasure of sightseeing. I engaged myself in the revision of my lessons of the previous year. I paid undivided attention to studies in order to make up for the time lost. Since I spent the vacation in moving new places I began my lessons with a refreshed mind and a cheerful heart. I felt as if my journey to those Places increased my capacity for work.
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