Jagannath Puri temple has a distinguish place among all temples of the world. As other all the temples either devoted to the lovers or to a mother-child, but Jagannath Puri is the only temple which is devoted to the siblings-trio. The brothers & sister, which is LordKrishna, called Jagannath & Balrama, with Subhadra, their only sister.
Attraction for Devotees: Jagannath Dham- Jagannath Temple is one of the most famous as well as the biggest temples of Orissa. Established in the 12th century, the temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna), Lord of the Universe. Raja Ananta Varman Chodaganga Dev had laid the foundation of the Jagannath temple of Puri.
Some facts some Legend- According to a myth, the original image of Jagannath was found at the foot of a fig tree, in the form of an Indranila or the Blue Jewel. Its dazzling brightness prompted Dharma to request it to be hidden in the earth. King Indradyumna, of Malwa intending to discover this image, performed severe penances, and was instructed by Vishnu to go to the Puri seashore, and look for a floating log, and fashion an image from its trunk.
The King did discover the log of wood. Vishnu and Vishwakarma appeared in the form of artistes and prepared images of Krishna, Balarama and Subhadra from the tree. Even today, the wooden images being worshipped and are renewed during this auspicious occasion.
A sacred banyan tree is revered as a manifestation of Vishnu, the ocean – Balarama and a pool- the king Indradyumna. Pilgrims are required to offer worship first at a Shiva temple, and then at the banyan tree and then at the shrine to Balarama before proceeding to worship Jagannath. Subhadra is to be worshipped next.
Location of the Holy Temple- This one of the famous Hindu pilgrimage is located on the Nilgiri Hills at the east coast area of Puri, Orissa. One of the main attractions of this temple of Orissa is the bhoga that it distributes.
Grand Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath– The world famous Rath Yatra is related to the Jagannath temple and originated annually in June-July. It is a holy ritual which is taking place from the centuries and has a great charm among the devotees. This time the Lord Jagannath (Krishna) and his siblings take an entire new look or birth. During this festival, the three deities are taken from the temple and placed in large decorated chariots which are then drawn along the Grand Road to the Gundecha temple, a few km away. After they have stayed in that temple for seven days, the deities again ride the chariots back to their home temple.
Architecture & Framework of Jagannath Temple – The architecture of the temple follows the pattern of many Orissan temples of the classical period. The main shikhara, or tower, rises above the inner sanctum where the deities reside. The temple complex comprises an area of 10.7 acres and is enclosed by two rectangular walls. The outer enclosure is called “Meghanada Prachira”. The walls are 6m (20 feet) high. The inner wall is called “Kurmabedha”. The walls were built during the 15th or 16th century. This temple is said to have the largest kitchen in the world and feeds thousands of devotees every day. The kitchen can prepare food for 100,000 people on a festival day and 25,000 are not unusual for a normal day.
Chappan Bhog or Maha Prasada
It is a pure vegetarian spiritual food called, Chappan bhog is offered to Lord Jagannath. Just by eating this Chappan bhog one makes great spiritual advancement. Every day, 56 varieties of prasada are offered to Lord Jagannath. The preparations are made traditionally and no onion, garlic, chillies or many varieties of vegetables (considered alien) are not used.
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