Monday, 30 March 2015

Sri Puri Jagannath Temple and its mysteries

Sri Puri Jagannath temple is one of the famous and sacred temples belong to Lord Jagannath. It is a place where ancient rituals and cultures were followed. Here we find trinity gods in the form of Jagannath, balabhadra , goddess subadra and Sudharshan Chakra. The jagannath temple was built in the 12th century A.D. by king ananta burman chodaganga dev .

As we are all are aware that India is a country were many kings ruled, here we find their presence and their style of worship even today. This temple is located in the city Puri on the branches of river. Jagannath temple is not only known for its architecture but also for its nature beauty.
“ sarvam rahasyam purusottamasya Devonajanati kuto manusya”
The above sloka is one of the ancient Sanskrit sloka which means, He is the lord of universe, and he is immortal and remains mystery. He is the supreme among mankind.

This temple is filled with many secrets and mysteries. Usually we find idols made of metal or stone but here idols are made with wood (neem logs referred as Daru Brahma). For every 12 years these idols are ceremoniously replaced by another wooden replica. Hindus treat this as new embodiment but the exact reason behind this ritual still remains secret. Lord Jagannath is being noted in many ancient texts like agni puran, brahma puran, brahmanda puran etc.

Devotes who come here have holy bath and visit nearby shops to purchase items which are liked by lord. Then enter into the main entrance where you find Dwajastambam. Whoever devotee sees dwajastambam of puri Jagannath is considered to see lord directly. This temple is amalgamation of different temples, here we find lord Vishnu, lord Shiva and goddess Shakti.

We find the sacred mantra “Om namo jagannatha swamiye namaha” is being spelled by all devotees while entering the main temple, here we find 22 steps which we call as Bahise Sahocha.

Every year there will be ratha yatra (Chariot festival) which is considered to be one of the biggest ratha yatra in India. This is done during 2nd day of Aashada masa, sukla paksah . During ratha yatra, sacred idols are being bought from temple and place them on their allotted ratha with the process of Pahundi by making idols move front and back.

As said earlier there are few interesting facts about Puri Jagannath temple

  • Flag atop always flaps in opposite direction of air
  • Sudharshan chakra present on the top will look always facing you wherever the place you stand in the city Puri
  • On every sea shore, air comes from sea shore to land during day time and vice versa during nights. But here it is quite opposite.
  • Never a bird or flight flies above the temple
  • You will not be able to see shadow of the main dome at any point of the day.
  • The quantity of food cooked remains same throughout the year which is aimed to serve 20 lakh devotees. Even at the times of surplus devotees, or decrease in devotees there is no record of shortfall of prasadam or wastage
  • In temple kitchen there are 7 pots which are place one another one and cooked on firewood. During the process of cooking always top pot gets cooked first and the pots cooked in descending order.


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  2. The Puri Jagannath temple located in Puri in the State of Odisha, is dedicated to God Jagannath in the symbol of universal love and brotherhood is worshipped in the Temple alongwith Balabhadra, Subhadra,Sudarshan, Madhaba, Sridevi and Bhudevi on a Ratnabedi platform. Learn more about the temple