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Reviews of Sri Jagannath Temple • 12
Jagannath Darshan - Our day started with the darshan of lord Jagannath at puri in the morning which is like at the heart of Puri, a beautiful temple filled sacredness & eternity. Clicking photos are prohibited here so was unfortunate to have any of those Puri Beach - Now it was time to hit the beach, the puri beach extends alongside the Main road, you get lots of street stuff's over there. The beach is as common as the other beaches in India, but yes, everytime the fun is different.Chilika Lake -
Jagannath Temple, Puri – The epitome of sheer magnificenceThis temple is one of the most visited places by the Hindu devotees due to the interesting scientific and traditional facts. It holds huge significance for the Hindu devotees on the Char-Dham pilgrimage. Only a few temples are around a thousand years old in India and this temple has that privilege. The complex surrounding the main temple has close to 120 temples in it.The main temple is in the center of the complex. They built the complex in a wide expanse of about 10 acres. There is an interesting thing about the flag on the top of the main temple of Jagannath.Every day, a priest changes the flag at the top of the mast. Also, one shouldn’t miss the Rath Yatra that takes place annually during the month of June or July. They bring out the idols of deities out to streets on a chariot pulled by thousands during this time.Also, interestingly, they replace these idols with their exact replicas once in every 12 or 19 years. The divine energy that drives millions of devotees to come to worship this place is worth a visit.
The festival marks the journey of Lord Jagannath with Subhadra and Balram, where they visit the Gundeecha temple in 9 days, and then back to the main Jagannath temple.The crowds at the temple have a devotion and energy of a different kind. If you are new to Hindu festivals, you should be mentally prepared to get lost in a sea of people, all moving towards the same place - where the deities are sitting decked up in their chariots.As July is the month of monsoon, expect rain showers now and then. When it is not raining, the Sun is bright. It is important to carry water. Though at every few hundred feet, there are stalls of people offering free prasad and water to yatris. There are also people going around the entire area picking up plastics and other litter and keeping the place as clean as possible in the rainy season. The police ensure to keep the hawkers off the streets, so the yatris have more space to walk, and are not beleaguered by hawkers to buy something. But you can still find diyas if you would like to buy those to offer at the deity.
Later in the day, the Jagannath temple was visited. Since photography was not allowed in the premises, it is advisable not to carry camera or else you have to deposit your things to a keeper outside the temple premises. Pandas (local pandits) are available for guiding you through the temple. The temple parts consists of the following in order as- Mukhashala (Frontal porch); Nat mandir (Audience Hall/Dancing Hall); Garba griha (Sanctum sanctorum) where the trio are lodged on the ratnavedi (Throne of Pearls); Bhog Mandap (Offerings Hall). The temple roof architecture is pyramidical and rise in steps coinciding to form the Shikhar where each day different flags are waved. Other notable small temples are there of similar forms- Vimala temple dedicated to goddess lakshmi, saraswati temple, surya temple etc. The rest of the day was again spent on the beach.
Jagannath Temple- "Jagannath Temple" is one of the 'HINDUS CHAR DHAM''. The Gods Jagannath, Balaram and the Goddess Subhadra are worshipped here. The Statues are made of big neem logs. Daily 56 food items are offered to God and same 'Bhog' is then disturbed to devotees as "Mahaparsad".
The first of the four dhams I visited was Jagannath Puri in an era where albums were made rather than the digital photos now a days saved in your electronic devices.Puri the east dham, is located in the state of Odisha, India. The main temple here is about 1000 years old and constructed by Raja Choda Ganga Deva and Raja Tritiya Ananga Bhima Deva. You could witness Brahma, Vishnu & Maheswara, the three together in one frame . The main attraction is the event in which the locals celebrate a special day in this Dham known as Ratha Yatra. ("Chariot Festival")
Next day we left for the Jagannath Temple hiring a tuk tuk from our hotel. When we reached there, it was sheer madness! The place was crowded like a swarm of bees and making our way into the temple with dadu along with us seemed like an impossible task! We somehow managed to the temple gates making our way through the crowds.
We returned to Puri and got ready to visit the famous Jagannath Temple. We took a "toto" (kind of like a battery auto) and got off quite far from the temple so that we could enjoy the streets of Puri on foot. We had arranged for a "Panda" (A pandit) to act as our guide. We thought it would take say half hour to finish our dharshan. But thanks to our wonderful guide- it took us two hours and it was worth every second! The panda explained that every 19- 20 years the main deities of the temple- Jagannath, Subhadra and Balram are put to rest and new idols replace them. This symbolises that even Gods "die" in the mortal world. After performing certain rites, appropriate trees with certain markings (like "chakra"- for Jagannath, "yoni" for Subhadra, etc) are selected and new idols are made. The "soul" of the "Gods" are transferred from the old to the new idols. I had never heard of something like this before! Every day- 56 course meal is prepared for the deity in Puri. The Panda explained that the belief was that the Lord visited Puri- to eat- just like he visited Rameshwaram to bathe, Dwaraka to sleep and Badrinath to meditate. Everyday- the flag on top of the shrine is changed by two pandas. There are no safety features and two people just climb up the shrine and change the flag! This was India- with all her myths and colours! I am a rational being and not religious. But I love the stories of beliefs people have. Having spent a major part of my life in Srirangam- I have not found any other place in India so far that treats the Lord as a real being. People here in Srirangam feel that Ranganatha is a being- say things like "He looked so handsome today"! I can say that Puri managed to come second! Stuffed with all the street food from Puri, we returned back to Panthanivas.
Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha is one of four dhams for Hindu pilgrimage. Known as the White Pagoda,this temple enshrines deities of Krishna, Subhadra and Balarama. One need to take a special ticket from counter for entering inside .The temple has 4 gates, facing the 4 directions. On the east-facing gate, there are stone images of 2 lions and it is called the Lion Gate. The north, south and west facing gates are called the Elephant Gate, Horse Gate and the Tiger Gate respectively. As we arrive at the vast open area in front of the Lion Gate, we see a ten meter tall monolithic pillar known as Aruna Stambha, this pillar was removed from Konark when the temple was forsaken and fixed in front of Jagannath temple. Immediately after we get into the main gate and go forward, we find a flight of steps. They are locally called Baisi Pahaca, literally meaning, 22 steps. At the end of the stairs, we have to cross another gate that enters a second compound wall and then we have to turn left to go towards the Ganesh temple. There are attractive carvings on the sides of this entrance of the inner compound wall.
The main attraction of Puri alluring thousands of people from all over India is mainly known for its mystic powers and enchanting surrounding. Filled with people it is a place you would hardly find empty. It is resided by Jagannath, Balaram, and Subhadhra. You can easily reach the temple with the help of local transport like auto and cycle rickshaw with a meagre fair of Rs. 30/- only.
After you visit this place, you will get a hint of how strongly people follow their religion in this country. Hope you get lost in the magnificence of the temple.
In the morning, as the hotel staff had arranged for a Panda(Priests in the Jagannath Temple). He took us to the temples( Shri Jagannath emple and Markhandeswara Temple). The serenity in these temples were just awesome. After early morning prayers, we went for street side shopping. For dinner, enjoyed a hearty "Lord Jaganath's Mahaprasada" meal followed by a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.