About 450 years ago this area where now stands SHREE JAGANNATHJI MANDIR CAMPUS, was a thick forest beside the river SABARMATI in the East and the city limit ended at the Jamalpur Darwaja in the North.
Sadhus normally seek places of solitude beside rivers away from the noise of cities. Thus an itinerant sadhu Shree HANUMANDASJI by name happened to visit Ahmedabad and found this jungle area suitable for his stay. Being a devotee of RAMBHAKT MARUTI, he laid his deity’s idol, which is worshiped till this day. During his stay some miraculous happening altracted people from the neighbouring areas, which has become the root cause to develop this place into a modest temple.
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His successor sadhu Shree SARANGDASJI happened to be a devotee of Lord Jagannath . He had an urge to pay a visit to the Jagannath Mandir at PURI (Orissa) and some local associates of his joined him in the pilgrimage. One night while he was sleeping at the Dharmshala of the Puri temple, he had visionary instruction from Lord Jagannath to go back to Ahmedabad and install there the idols of the Holy Trinity Lord Jagannath with his elder brother Lord BALDEVJI and sister Goddess SUBHADRAJI. Thus, the Maruti temple became Shree Jagannathji Mandir. A cowshed was built and since then began the GAU SEVA.
The next successor was sadhu Shree BALMUKUND DASJI and Shree NARSINHDASJI was the fourth Mahant known for his dedicated enthusiasm for multifarious religious activities aided by his equally generous devotees.
Shree NARSINHDASJI got the temple renovated, a fully developed Gaushala started rendering yeoman service, ‘‘SADAVRAT’’ was started ensuring two meals a day for the needy, irrespective of caste and creed distinctions. In 1957 in SINHASTH KUMBHA MELA at Prayag Mahant Shree Narsinhdasji was honoured by the title “MAHAMANDALESHWAR’’ by the SADHU SAMAJ.
He fifth Mahant was Shree SEVADASJI who was succeeded by Shree RAMHARSHDASJI known among his devotees as “GAUSEVI SANT’’ and ‘’DINBANDHU’’. The present GADIPATI is MAHAMANDALESHWAR MAHANT SHREE RAMESHWAR DASJI.
During the period 1996-2000, the entire temple comlex at Ahmedabad was renovated and the idols of the Holy Trinity were ritually laid on a special raised pedestral called “RATNA-VEDI“, with the idol of Garuda situated infront of the sacred alter, so that its attention is sighted at the feet of Lord Jagannath. On the RATNAVEDI the Goddess SHREEDEVI and BHUDEVI are laid. A marble statue of Mahamandaleshwar Mahant Shree Narsinhdasji is near the Garuda, facing the Holy Trinity.
And next is the region of the “GADI” with an uninterrupted “DHOONI” from where devotees collect the Bhasma and blessings of the MahantShree. Opposite to Gadi on the first floor is built a spacious auditorium for bhajans lectures and such other religions functions and next to it is GAUSHALA. Opposite to the entrance of the main temple is RATHKHANA, SANTNIVAS, APANG ASHRAM and SAMADHI are region situated. This is the short history of shree Jagannathji Mandir, Ahmedabad.
It is situated at village Paldi – Kankaj in Taluka : Dascroi , Dist : Ahmedabad, 14 km from Shree Jagannathji Mandir. This place is also the entrance gate of VIRATNAGARI where PANDAVAS spent the last year of AGNATVAS and at that time one PANDAVA named NAKUL ritually laid SHIVLING for Pooja which later on became famous as NAKLANG MAHADEV temple. This temple received during the period of Mahamandaleshwar Mahant Shree Narsinhdasji, This temple is renovated and new RANCHODJI TEMPLE is CONSTRUCTED BY THE PRESENT MAHANT.
Gau Pooja- According to Hindu Mythology 33 crore Devas stay in sacred cow and is believed that during some period Lord KRISHNA lives with cows and cow-herds and gopis in GAULOK or AKSHARDHAM, the SUPREMELOK among other LOKAS to perform LILA and during that period all outside contacts are stopped.
Those who perform GAU POOJA will find himself welcome in the heaven(GAULOK)( VISHNU-PURAN) and will cross the river VAITARNI.( GARUD-PURAN) .The facility of Gaupooja is made available throughout the year.
Jal Yatra - Jalayatra of Lord Jagannath to SABARMATI River comes on the Jyetha Shukala Purnima with a procession and performing the GANGA-POOJAN return with vessels of water for the ABHISHEK to Lord Jagannath. After performing the SHODASHOPACHAR POOJAN VIDHI by chanting the vedic mantras, the Lord is sent to His maternal uncle’s home.
Mahant Shree Narsinhdasji Maharaj had introduced the Rathayatra in the year 1878. Rathayatra is observed on ASHADHA SHUKLA DWITIYA every year. Normally, throughout the year devotees come to the temple for the DARSHAN of Lord Jagannath and on this day, Lord Jagannath Himself goes out to see his devotees especially, to Disabled who could not visit the temple. After performing the PAHINDVIDHI by the CHIEF MINISTER of Gujarat, the procession is led by 15 to 20 elephants in decorative dress, then followed by TRUCKS decorated with religious floats and then AKHADAVALA’s, with their trained ATHLETS performing aerobatics to please Lord Jagannath. Next in the procession follows disciples with decorative flags of the temple, BHAJAN MANDALI, RAS GARBA, bands and then comes the Holy Trinity on chariots pulled by devotees. The procession halts at Saraspur, where the local people feed the entire entourage of devotees of Lord Jagannath. In the evening the Rathayatra returns to the main temple. This Rathyatra is now celeberated as “LOKOTSAV” of Gujarat.
Guru Purnima - Guru Poornima is observed on ASHADH SHUKLA PURNIMA, when thousands of devotees come seeking guidance and blessing from their GURU.
Hindol Darshan - This starts from Shravan Shukla Tritiya and continues till the full moon day. The background of this festival is that, on Rathayatra day Lord JAGANNATH had taken his sister Goddess SUBHADRA with him, which had annoyed his consort Goddess RUKHAMANI (Lakshmiji). Thus is Lakshmi pacified.
Janamasthami - (Birth day of Lord Jagannath) : Janmashtami comes on Shravan krishna Ashtmi, which is celebrated by SHODASHOPACHAR POOJA VIDHI, bhajan and distribution of PRASAD etc.
Rudra Abhishek - Rudra Abhishek is performed throughout the month of Shravan and on the New Moon Day 1,25,000 clay SHIVA LINGS are worshipped. This is known as the "PARTHIV POOJA".
Diwali –Diwali is observed on the last day of ASHWIN KRISHNA AMAVASYA. On that day the temple is decorated with flowers,candles & lights, followed by the VIKRAMSAMVAT , NEW YEAR day on the KARTIK SHUKLA EKAVASYA, when thousands of devotees come for darshan of Lord Jagannath with Prasad of Sweets. On this day Lord Jagannath is offered 56 BHOG in the form of ANNA KUTA.
Akshaya Tritiya - It comes on 3rd day of bright fortnight VAISHAKH. From this day onwards the construction and repairing of chariot of the Lords for the famous CAR FESTIVAL (RATHYATRA) starts.
Activities–SadaVrat - The Sadavrat started by Mahanadaleshar Mahant Shri Narsinhdasji of providing meals daily to 1000 to 1200 needy and poor persons & to Sadhus and saints irrespective of caste ,creed and religious destination . Our principle is '' BHUKHE KO ANNA DO'' (Food to the Hungry).
PanchaKarma Hospital - An Ayurvedic dispensary is run by the Trust where about 2500 patients on and averag are getting treatment per month.
DharmShala -There are Dharamshalas both at the main temple at Ahmedabad and the other at Shree Nakalang Mahadev Mandir, where Sadhus, Darshanarthees and itineret yatrees are given food and staying facilities.
Social Work - Primary school, Panchakarma Hospital and Public water hut has been donated to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. Donation is given to Cancer Hospital Ahmedabad.
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