Bhagwan H Panda, president of the Maharashtra Oriya Welfare Association (MOWA), the force behind the construction of the temple and the organiser of the programme, said, "The temple at Navi Mumbai will be a replica of the Puri Jagannath temple. The same type of rituals will be followed here too."
Similarly, we got the idols of deities made at Puri with special type of neem wood and they will be measuring around two and a half feet each. Further, the cultural significance of Lord Shri Jagannath is fully associated with human life. There are 13 festivities of the lord in 12 months and they all coincide with the festivals of Odisha which we are planning to celebrate them here in the same manner.
According to Balaram Patro, secretary, Mowa, addressing the demand of more than three lakh Oriya population in the city, Cidco alloted a piece of land admeasuring 500 square metre in Kharghar for the mandir for which the bhoomi puja had been performed by the Oriya community on the auspicious day of Akshyay tritiya on May 16, 2010.
Added Patro, "Even though our aim is to help the poor and destitute, arrange free medical camps, our main objective is to construct Lord Jagannath temple through which we would be associating ourselves with social, cultural and devotional activities of charitable nature.
Mowa is presently formalizing the action plan for the construction of the temple, which, as proposed along with other things, will have facilities such as guest accommodation, library with literature on lord Sri Jagannath and Oriya culture, medical facilities for poor and emergency support services. Informed Manoj Nayak, treasurer, Mowa,the temple will have a basic structure. We will be completing it within a span of two to three years as huge amount of finances are involved.
Oriya community would be participating in the ceremony of 'pran prathistham' of Lord Shri Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Maa Subhadra in the Nilachal Dham temple built near Uutsav Chowk, at sector 5, Kharghar.
With traditional festivities, among celebrations and with divine blessings,Lord Sri Jagannath’s ‘MandirPratistha’ has taken place during month of January, 2011. The temple architecture at Navi Mumbai has been planned in line with the Puri Jagannath temple. Similar pujan rituals are followed in the temple. Traditionallycultural significance of Lord Sri Jagannath is fully associated with human life. Thirteen festivities of the Lord spanned across twelve monthsin a year coinciding with the festivals of Odisha, are to be celebrated in the templewith similar pomp and grandeur.Though the main objective is theconstruction of Lord Sri Jagannath temple, we are committed to promote spiritual education and culture including yoga and learning from Hindu scriptures. We are also committed to help the poor and destitute, arrange free medical camps and thus associating with Social, Cultural and Devotional activities.Temple Trust is presently in the process of formalizing the action plan for the construction of the temple, which, as proposed along with other things, will have facilities such as guest accommodation, library with literature on Lord Sri Jagannath and Oriya culture.
Rath Yatra - Like previous years, this year also “RATHA YATRA” [Chariot Festival] of Lord Shree Jagannath, Lor Balabhadra and Maa Subhadra will be celebrated at Shree Jagannath Mandir, Nilachal Peetha.
How to reach the temple - Kharghar is located on the outskirts of Mumbai. It falls in Raigad district. Kharghar railway station lies on Central Railway's Harbour line, a part of Mumbai's suburban railway network. It takes about 65 minutes to reach Kharghar by train from Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).
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