Jagannath Temple of Puri, is one of the most miraculous establishments in existence. The happenings associated with it are out of human imagination. If you understand the story then the theory of life and existence of Lord Jagannath will hover around your mind in an unbelievable way! The temple architecture is still a mystery for modern science. The increasing weight of deity’s wooden idols, while carrying temples to chariot (rath) at the time of Rath Yatra still a magical mystery for all.
Mythology says that the once King Indradimna – ruler of Puri had a dream and immediately he followed the instructions of the dream. He then found the heart of Lord Krishna floating in the sea. Since then it is believed that the heart rests in the wooden idol of Lord Jagannath.
3The unruly flag!
The flag on top of the Sikhara of the temple always floats in opposite direction of the wind.
4The strange 45-storey ritual!
Every day a priest climbs the dome of the temple which is as tall as a 45 story building and changes the flag. This ritual has been continuing for 1800 years. The ritual says if it is not changed any day, the temple must be shut for the next 18 years.
5Is it the real Sudarshan Chakra?
You can see the Chakra at any corner of the city of Puri. It had done such a way that you can feel the Chakra is facing towards you irrespective of your position. It was installed 2000 years ago.
6The shadowless building.
The engineering structure of the temple is so unique that the shadow of the main dome cannot be observed at any time.
7No space for Birds and planes!
Nothing flies above the temple. At any temple in India, birds fly and sit atop the temple except Puri’s Jagannath temple. This is really surprising.
8The conflicting kitchen!
The Prasadam is cooked in earthen pots on the firewoods. Exactly 7 pots are put on top of another. The mystery is the topmost pot gets cooked first followed by the bottom pot in order.
9Friendship of the sea and the land.
In any place on earth, the wind from sea comes to the land in the daytime and in the evening it blows from land towards the sea. But in Puri, the opposite occurs.
10The Choosy Sound of waves.
On entering from Singhadwara, as one takes the first step inside the Temple, you can’t hear any sound produced by the ocean. But when you cross the same step outside the Temple, you can hear it.
11The adamant Chariot
The Chariot does not move, even if numerous people pull it; until and unless the King of puri – The Gajapti’s do not come and perform a ritual known as ‘Chera pahanra’.
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