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Jagannath Puri

Jagannath Puri

Jagannath Temple

Did you know that the kitchen in Jagannath Temple, Puri in Odisha state of India can feed a lac people at one time. If you want to know more about the temple, keep reading through the article as in today’s discussion we would know more about this magnificent temple.

Jagannath Temple is located on the east coast of India and is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The modern day temple was built by the first king of Eastern Ganga Dyanasty, King Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva in 10th century. The temple is famous for the Rath Yatra wherein the three deities of the temple are pulled on huge and decorated raths. The three deities of the temple are replaced with an exact replica after every twelve or nineteen years and are made up of neem wood.


Jagannath Puri
Jagannath Puri


The three main deities of the temple are: Lord Jagannath (symbol of Brotherhood), Lord Balabhadra (Brother of Lord Krishna) and Devi Subhadra (Sister of Lord Krishna). Depending upon the weather, the temple icons are adorned with jewels and garbs. The temple has four entrances and they are facing each direction, which are named as Singhadwara, Ashwadwara, Hathidwara and Vyaghradwara. Lord Jagannath Temple temple is open from 05:00 AM in morning and Mangla Arati is conducted by the Priests and the temple closed at 12:00 midnight. The temple is among one of the temples of the Char Dham Yatra. Badrinath in Uttarakhand state of India, Rameswaram in Tamil Naidu, India and Dwarka in Gujarat, India are the other three Dhams. Each day lord Jagannath is offered Bhog three times and near to Ratnavedi it is dispersed among the devotees.

Before Rath Yatra, the famous festival in Jagannath Puri, the three deities of the temple go on a vacation and this is called as Anavasara. During this time, no one is allowed to visit the deities and after a fortnight, on the day of Rath Yatra the deities give a glimpse to the devotees. The Rath Yatra happens in the month of June or July. There is another tradition wherein the Gajapati king wears the outfit of a sweeper and sweeps the road from where the Rath Yatra would proceed. He also goes ahead and sprinkles sandalwood water on the streets. This tradition showcases that in the kingdom of the God, the king and the normal devotees are equal.

The best time to visit Puri is from mid April till October because of the Tropical weather conditions here.

Also, one can reach Puri by Air, Bhubaneswar being the nearest Airport (around 60 kilometers). There are many trains that connect Puri with rest of India some of them are Howrah-Puri express, Jagannath Express (from New Delhi) and Purushottam Express are few to name. Also, one can find direct buses to Kolkatta from Puri.

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