Jagannath Temple Puri Odisha

Puri Jagannath temple belongs to the 11th century and is one of the 'char dhams', the pilgrimage that every Hindu intends to visit. Jagannath Temple is located in Puri of Odisha (Orissa). The holy sight of Lord Jagannath, accompanied by Subhadra and Balabhadra raises loads of joy among the devotees. The two gods and the goddess of the temple are ornamented in accordance with the occasion and seasonal changes. The structural design of the temple can be found to be in a pyramid shape.

Jagannath Temple in Odisha (Orissa) consists of four entrance gates. They are named as Singhadwara, Ashwadwara, Hathidwara, and Vyaghradwara and these names refer to a lion, horse, elephant and tiger. Each day, the Lord at the Jagannath Temple is offered 'bhoga' six times and it is dispensed among the worshippers close to Ratnavedi.

The specialty - Puri Mahabhog (Abhada)

Puri prasad (abhada)

Jagannath Temple is famous worldwide for its "MAHABHOG", the prasad prepared in the temple. They are said to have a unique taste and believed to come straight from God for his devotees. Till date the no matter, if thousands of devotees are there or only a few, the Prasad is never insufficient nor is in surplus.

Major Festivals Observed In Puri Jagannath Temple

  1. Snana Yatra
  2. Ratha Yatra or Sri Gundicha Yatra
  3. Sri Hari Sayan
  4. Utthapan Yatra
  5. Parswa Paribartan
  6. Dakhinayan Yatra
  7. Prarbana Yatra
  8. Pusyavishek
  9. Uttarayan
  10. Dola Yatra
  11. Damanak Chaturdasi
  12. Akshaya Tritiya

Mythology Of Jagannath Temple, Puri

Jagannath Temple of Puri is one of the most miraculous establishments in existence. The happenings associated with it are out of human imagination. If you understand the story then the theory of life and existence of God will hover around your mind in an unexplainable way!

Are you ready for the roller coaster ride? So here goes the real story Of Lord Jagannath temple of Puri. This will also clarify your doubts on why is it one of the dhams. This story was written comes directly from the Skandha Purana,- one of the most ancient books containing many Hindu Mythological episodes.

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Thousands and thousands of years ago, when Man and God walked the earth together, King Indradimna – the ruler of Puri, had a dream one night. His dream was quite weird and he saw himself walking down the beach of Puri and saw something miraculous. With a thud, he woke up to find himself still lying in his bed. The king immediately went to the beach and found a floating wood. He picked it up and came down to his palace. Confused, he was when Lord Vishwakarma – the Architect God came in disguise of an eighty-year-old man. He said, “This log has the heart of the great Lord Krishna”. {From where did the heart come? : Lord Krishna was sleeping in the woods when a hunter came and thinking Krishna’s pink feet to be a dear’s ear shot an arrow. This arrow took away the life of the Lord. Realizing his mistake, the Hunter performed the last Hindu rites of the God. But, miraculously the heart of the Lord did not burn and was as fresh. He let the heart float in the water in a log of wood.}

King Indradimna was the lucky one to find the heart. He then followed the instructions of King Vishwakarma. He imposed a condition that he would need a chamber to himself where he would work relentlessly for 21 days without food or water. He instructed that nobody should enter the chamber before the completion of 21 days. The King did as he was told. A chamber was given to Vishwakarma, while guards waited outside the closed doors.

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It was only within 14 days when the guards informed the king that the sound of the hammer was no longer heard from the chamber. The King rebuked the soldiers asking them to respect the conditions put forth by Vishwakarma. No one should open the chamber before 21 days. But the queen began to worry. She pleaded with the king to open the chamber doors, as she feared Vishwakarma dead. The king finally agreed, and as they burst it open, a disappointed Vishwakarma told the King and the Queen that he would no longer continue with his work as they could not fulfill his conditions. With these words, he disappeared. Thus the idols remained half finished.

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Even today, it is believed and even the sacred priests of the Lord Jagannath Temple claim that “THE HEART STILL LIES IN THE IDOL OF LORD JAGANNATH OF PURI” which is known as Tatwa – the ultimate reality. It is taken out for a duration of 12 years which is known as “NABAKALEBARA” – When the idol of the Lord is changed as well.

When the time comes for transferring the life from the Naabh of the old idols into the Nabbh of the new ones, the head priest of the temple, who conducts the ceremony, is blindfolded. The people there believe that the Lord’s Naabh emanates a blinding sacred blue light that must not be seen. The temple premises are shut and the electricity supply to the entire city is cut off for an hour.

If you speak about the miracles and unnatural factors of Lord Jagannath temple then they are numerous. The positive vibrations and the existence of God become extremely prevalent when you visit this sacred place.


How to Reach Puri Temple

Lord Jagannath temple, Puri

By Air

The nearest airport to Puri is Biju Patnaik Airport, Bhubaneswar, which is around 60 km from Puri. The city is easily accessible from the airport. You can easily rent a cab. This airport is well connected with important cities of the India such as Delhi, Nagpur, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Chennai.

By Rail

Puri is the last stop on the East Coast Railway. It is connected through direct express and other super-fast trains with important Indian cities such as Okha, Delhi, Tirupati, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and so on.

By Road

Puri is easily connected with the road through a good network of roads. From the bus stand near the Gundicha Temple, buses from Bhubaneswar and Cuttack are available after every 10-15 minutes. Minibuses for Konark are also available from here, after every 20-30 minutes. Direct buses for Kolkata and Visakhapatnam are also available. Renting a cab is another option.

Important Facts on Lord Jagannath & Puri Rath Yatra

Significance of Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra

Mythology Of Puri Temple

Facts About Jagannath Temple

How Did Lord Jagannath Come Into Existence!

Hera panchami – The Grand Fight Between Lord Jagannath And Laxmi

Suna Besa Of Lord Jagannath (The Gold Avatar Of God)

ADDRESS: Jagannath Temple, Temple Road, Dolamandap Sahi, Puri, Odisha 752001, India

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