The Jagannath Temple in Hyderabad, India is a modern temple built by the Odia community of the city of Hyderabad dedicated to the Hindu God Jagannath. The temple located near Banjara hills Road no.12 (twelve) in Hyderabad is famous for its annual Rathyatra festival attended by thousands of devotees. Jagannath means Lord of the Universe. The temple which was constructed during 2009 recently lies in Center of Hyderabad City. It is said that this is a replica of original Jagannath Temple of Puri (Orissa) in context of design. The most attracting portion of this temple is its "Shikhara" (the peak/top) measuring around 70 feet in height. The red color of the temple is due to the usage of sand stone (around 600 tonnes were brought from Orissa which is being used to build this whole architecture) and around 60 stone carvers got the blessing to carve this temple.
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There are shrines dedicated to Lakshmi, along with Shiva, Ganesh, Hanuman and Navagrahas. The amorous sculptures are also found to represent the innermost feelings of human being and this explains to keep them outside the temple always while entering. The sanctum sanctorum houses Lord Jagannath along with his siblings, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra. Balabhadra considered as Shiva and Subhadra a manifestation of Durga or Shakti Brahma. The trinity are Shivasakti, Mayasakti and Vishnu sakti i.e Gyan, Karma and Bhakti. On the Ratna Singhasana the triad is worshipped along with Sudarshana Chakra, Madhava, Sridevi and Bhudevi. The idols are made of neem wood considered auspicious for all castes. Chandan/ Sandalwood is auspicious for Brahmins, Ashvattha/Peepul for Kshatriyas and Sal/Indian Dammer for Sudras, are not used. Jagannath is beyond cult, philosophic idea and beyond religion. He is lord of suffering humanity and all human heir are his children. There is no artistic aspect to the murtis of lord Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhadra. A massive square head merging with the chest into are piece of wooden stump without demarcation of neck. He is without legs & hands and yet moves and accepts. He is without eyes yet see and has vision of infinity. He is without ears, hears the prayers of suffering humanity. He knows all the unavailable but no one knows him. He is the original supreme person.The arms inserted in line with upper lip. The eyes are large and round without eyebrows. The waist is the limit of the body. The icon is craved onto wood unlike other hindu iconographic deities made of metal or stone. The colors black (Lord Jaggannath), White (Lord Balbhadru), Yellow (Maa Subhadru) encompasses entire human race. The temple normally remains open to the devotees from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. The daily rituals consists of Dwaraphita (opening of doors) & Mangal Arati (lighting the lamps), Mailama (removal of the dress, tulsi, flowers etc. from previous nights), Abakasha (brushing of teeth & bathing), Mailama & Bheshas (adorning of fresh closthes), Kalash Jatra, Homam, Surya puja, Dwara puja, Offering of Bhogas, Madhyahna Pahada, Sandhya Arati, Chandanlagi, Badasinghar besha & Pahad (the retreat).
The deities are adorned with colored dresses on Mondays to Sundays in addition to flower & other decorations. The deities adorn other beshas as per tradition on different festive occasions.
Shri Jagannath is a highly humanized deity. The gap between men and Divine has been bridged in Jagannath cult. Like daily happenings and day to-day activities of a common man He brushes His teeth, takes bath, changes His clothes, wears varieties of colorful dresses, adorns in definite time intervals, enjoys 56 varieties of food items, goes to bed and takes rest after light night meals. Different modus operandi of human life has emerged within His cult to give it a unique statute.
The rituals of the temple of Jagannath may be classified under three heads :- (a) the daily rituals or ‘nitis’ which are fixed and are observed every day; (b) the special nitis according to the speciality of certain days (i.e. Thursday, Amabasya, Ekadasi & Naksyatra Bandapana etc). The various festivals observed during the year, some outside the temple and some inside come under the category of festive nitis. Jagannath is the cosmic sustainer. He is the lord of suffering humanity and bestowed of salvation. He extends warm embracement and responds to all beyond caste, creed and religion. He is the remover of sin, Purifier of the fallen. He is the spirit for universal love, equality, Fraternity and universal guide of the manifestation of knowledge, power, major strength energy and self-sufficiency the sadgvnas . He is the lord of the masses of Vaishnavas, Sairal, Jains, Buddhists, Sikh, Dravidians, Saravas, and Aryans.
Address: Plot No- 1269, Road No 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500034, India
Contact No: 040 2330 3889
How to reach the temple - It lies next to the KBR National Park on road 12, near Kalinga Samithi and is easily accessible by Public transport.
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