Jagannath Temple Puri
the 11th century, this temple has been standing and showing its miracles to the
people. Here Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra are worshiped. The
mythology associated with this 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
There are a number old works in Sanskrit which 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 temple is surrounded by about 30 temples, small and big. They were put up at different periods of history by different people. The 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 an 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 ‘Jagannatha 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.
Notes/Tips: Mangala Aarti takes place between 5 AM to 6 AM. Non-Hindus or Hindus but non-Indians are not allowed inside the temple premises. The darshan usually takes around 2-3 hours on normal days.