Inside the famous Jagannath temple complex in Puri, is situated a small Ganesh temple, housing an exclusive image of Ganesh known as Natya Ganesh i.e. Dancing Ganesh As per legends this idol was gifted by King of Kanchi. The deity in the form of 'Uchhista Ganapati' is seen very rarely in the temples. There is an idol of 'Mooshika' (mouse), the official transporter of the Lord in front of the temple which devotees touch to fulfil their wishes.
The temple unfolds the beliefs of Hindu religion as it has the carving of Hindu culture on walls. Ganesh temple is wrapped with an iron fence to protect from monkeys. Devotees can conduct their own Puja to Lord Ganesha in this temple. Besides the temples of Lord Jagannath and Kanchi Ganesha, there are many other temples dedicated to Gods Surya, Vimala, Saraswati, Bhuvaneshwari, Narasimha, Rama, Hanuman and Eshaneshwara inside the temple complex.
During Hindu festival Ganesha Chaturdashi, the temple is beautifully decorated and huge celebrations take place in the temple.The Temple has high significance archaeologically. The temple features a sacred well of Manikarnika. It is one of the major shrines of Puri and is dedicated to Sri Vinayaka.