The Jagannath Temple is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a form of Lord Vishnu. There are many Jagannath temples are present in India as well as worldwide. Shri Jagannath Temple at Puri is known as primary among all and also famous as Shrikhetra Dham. Here is top 10 Jagannath temples in India
1Shri Jagannatha Puri Temple ( Odisha )
Since the 11th century, Jagannath Temple has been standing and showing its miracles to the people. Here Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra are worshiped. The mythology associated with Puri Jagannath Temple is extremely miraculous. The belief in Lord Jagannath grows even stronger after you feel the existing powers and happenings in that place. Many scientists and intellectual people have tried to find out the reason behind these weird or you can say paranormal activities but without success. There are a number of old works in Sanskrit that sing the glories of Odisha in general and of Puri in particular. A passage is frequently quoted from the Rig Veda and explained in the light of the well-known commentary of Sayana to show that the history of Jagannatha dates back to the age of the Rig Veda itself. Even in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, there are references to the Shrine of Jagannatha. The Pandavas of the Mahabharata are believed to have come here and offered worship to Jagannatha. Some scholars hold that even Jesus Christ and Mohammed, the founders of Christianity and Islam respectively also visited Puri.
The main Jagannath temple is surrounded by about 30 temples, small and big. They were put up at different periods of history by different people. The Jagannath temple consists of four structures called the Vimana or Bada Deula sanctum sanctorum, the Jagamohan or Mukhasala, the Natamandir and the Bhogamandap built in a row in axial alignment in an east-west direction. The temple faces the east. Jagannath is not the only deity worshiped in the temple, though it is known as the ‘Jagannath Temple’. But along with Jagannatha, Balabhadra (his elder brother), and Subhadra(his sister) are also worshiped here. These three, constitute the basic and fundamental Trinity and are considered to be the forms and manifestations of the omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent supreme power. Sudarsan who is supposed to be the fourth important divine manifestation is also worshiped. Besides, Madhava, a replica of Jagannatha, Sridevi, and Bhudevi are also installed in the sanctum sanctorum and worshiped.
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2Shri Jagannath Temple (Hyderabad)
The Jagannath Temple in Hyderabad, India is a modern temple built by the Odia community of the city of Hyderabad dedicated to Lord Jagannath. The temple is located near Banjara Hill Road no.12. They conduct Rath Yatra similar to the Puri car festival which is witnessed by thousands of people. It is said that this is a replica of the original Jagannath Temple of Puri (Odisha) in the context of design. In this temple, other deities are worshiped as well like Lakshmi, Shiva, Ganesh, Hanuman, and Navagrahas. The people managing the Jagannath Temple strictly follow every rule and regulation followed by Puri Jagannath Temple. The KALINGA CULTURAL TRUST manages the temple and its proceedings.
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3Jagannath Temple (Ahmedabad)
Shree HANUMANDASJI by name happened to visit Ahemdabad and found a jungle area suitable for his stay. Later being a devotee of RAMBHAKT MARUTI, he established the Lord’s deity there and started worshiping. During his stay, some miraculous happening attracted people from the neighboring areas, which have become the root cause to develop this place into a modest temple. His successor sadhu Shree SARANGDASJI happened to be a devotee of Lord Jagannath. He then got instructions in his dreams from Lord Jagannath to establish him in the temple. Thus, the Maruti temple became Shree Jagannath Temple.
4Jagannath Temple (Bangalore)
This Jagannath Temple is located on Sarjapur Road in Agara in Bangalore. Its main festival is the annual Rath Yatra, which witnesses more than fifteen thousand worshippers. The temple is maintained by the Shree Jagannath Temple Trust of Bangalore. Rituals and procedures of worshipping the deity are similar to that of the Jagannath temple at Puri. Along with these idols, there is also an image of Prachanda Narasimha, measuring almost four meters high and his devotee Prahlada. The fixed deity of Lord Jagannath, Budhe Jagannath, is much older and available for darshan only for five days during Rath Yatra.
5Shri Jagannath Mandir (Delhi)
Delhi Jagannath Temple is one of the most famous among the places in New Delhi. It is located in Hauz Khas and is visited by many people daily. The shrine is a replica of the World famous Jagannath Temple at Puri, Odisha and the architecture of this place of worship showcases the rich culture of Odisha and the temple is well known as the cultural hub of the Oriya community living in Delhi. In the temple, the shrine has the idols of Lord Jagannath, Maa Subhadra, Lord Balbhadra and Sudarshan Chakra. The Car Festival, the famous Puri Rath Yatra is also held here along with the chariot having Lord Jagannath’s idol is taken on.
6Jagannathpur Temple (Ranchi)
Jagannath temple is one of the most famous ones in Ranchi. The temple is a beautiful one and is quite high. It was built by King of Barkagarh Jagannathpur Thakur Ani Ntakath Shahdeo, in 1691. Moreover, to reach the building you have two routes. The first one is through the stairs, and the second route to approach the temple is through the vehicle’s route.
7Jagannath Temple (Chennai)
DAKSHINAKSHETRA maintained and managed by Sri Jagannath Spiritual Educational Cultural Trust, Chennai, India, situated on the seashore of Kanathur Reddykuppam. It’s a serene and peaceful environment amidst green lawns and flower gardens is already a special attraction for all spiritual seekers. ped here is made of a lusty Granite, which represents the Odisha culture. A marble-floored meditation hall and an open Yajna Mandap are added advantages to this Jagannath Temple.
8Jagannath Temple (Alwar)
Jagannath Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and located in Alwar, India. The temple’s presiding deity is an anthropomorphic form of Lord Jagannath of Puri, while other two deities are SitaramJi, the Shaligram Maharaj and JankiJi, the goddess Laxmi. The temple is built several meters above the ground in the old part of the city. It has awe-inspiring medieval architecture and rare floral motifs adorn its walls and pillars. Jagannath Temple (Midnapore, W.B) Jagannath Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and located in Alwar, India. The temple’s presiding deity is an anthropomorphic form of Lord Jagannath of Puri, while other two deities are SitaramJi, the Shaligram Maharaj and JankiJi, the goddess Laxmi. The temple is built several meters above the ground in the old part of the city. It has awe-inspiring medieval architecture and rare floral motifs adorn its walls and pillars.
9Jagannath Temple (Midnapore, W.B)
Jagannath temple is one of the ancient temples in Mohanpur in the Midnapore district of West Bengal, India. It is situated about 20 km from Jaleswar, 16 km from Egra and 201 km from Kolkata. Idols of Jagannath, Balaram, and Subhadra are present in the temple. This Jagannath temple was constructed around 1611 by the Karmahapatra family and is currently in a ruined condition and requires preservation. Legend is that the Puri Jagannath Mandir is visible from the peak of this temple.
10Jagannath Temple Kharghar (Navi Mumbai)
This Jagannath temple’s construction was done on a suggestion by Bhagwan H Panda, president of the Maharashtra Oriya Welfare Association (MOWA). The temple is a replica of the Jagannath Temple and tends to follow the same rituals as Puri. There are 13 festivities of the Lord in 12 months and they all coincide with the festivals of Odisha which the temples follow.
Lord Jagannath – ‘Jagat Ka Nath”, is said to be the Lord of the Universe. His miracles are unexplainable and still live in this Kalyug. He has millions of devotees who dedicate all their devotion to him. The main deity of the Lord is said to have the heart of Lord Krishna and is established in Jagannath Temple, Puri.
Jagannath Rath Yatra is one of the awaited Hindu festivals, which witnesses millions of people for catching a single divine darshan (glance) of Lord Jagannath along with his sister, brother.