Jagannath Temple Puri
Jagannath Temple Puri is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath, located on the eastern coast of India, at Puri, Odisha. The temple is an important pilgrimage destination and one of the four great 'Char Dham' pilgrimage sites. It is known as the Shreekhetra Dham of India and prime of all Jagannath temples in India. This temple is also famous for its annual chariot festival - Jagannath Rath Yatra. Every year millions of devotees across the world witnessed this magnificent festival and its amazing rituals.
Rath Yatra is most popular chariot festival among the Hindus across the world. On this occasion, Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Balabhadra and his beloved sister Subhadra visit his aunt’s place every year on three majestic chariot with a lot of pomp and show which starts from the Jagannath Temple Puri. It is famously known as ‘Jagannath Rath Yatra‘, which is followed by millions of pilgrims all over the world. It is celebrated on the ‘Dwitiya’ (2nd day) during the ‘Ashadha Shukla Paksha’.
Since 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 without success.
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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 Jagannath. The Pandavas of the Mahabharata are believed to have come here and offered worship to Jagannath.
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.
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.