Sri Jagannath Temple Puri Dham is located in the district of Puri in the state of Odisha on the eastern coast of India. This temple is dedicated to Jagannath, a form of Lord Vishnu. Jagannath means Jagan (universe) + Nath (God) Lord therefor Jagannath is the God of the whole world. It is one of the four Dhams Which Adiguru Shankaracharya established in all four directions. Therefor This temple is an important pilgrimage place in Hinduism. The construction of the temple was started before the 12th century by King Anantavarman Chodaganga Dev the king of the Ganga Dynasty.
Jagannath Temple Puri Dham History
Jagannath Temple Puri Dham. Presently Odia ruler Anangabheema Dev built the temple. Puja Archana in Jagannath temple continued till 1557. In the Afghan general, Kala Pahad attacked here and broke the idols and the temple. At that time the idols of God were kept secretly in an island of Chilika lake and worshiped secretly there. Later, Ramachandra Deb established an independent kingdom in Khurda, the temple, and restored idols there.
It took three generations to build the walls of the famous Jagannath temple in Puri, located in Odisha. It also serves as a powerful historical structure built in the year 1078 before the millennium. The temple is built in four lakh square feet, in whose sanctum sanctorum lies the Lord. There are three statues in the temple, first Lord Jagannath, second his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. Millions of people come to Odisha to get the blessings of Lord Jagannath.
Jagannath Temple Puri Dham story
In Puranas, there is a description of Jagannath temple such as Brahma Purana, Narada Purana, Utkal Khanda of Skanda Purana. According to the Puranas, King Indradymna of Malwa was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu in Satya Yuga. Once he heard about Lord Purushottam from his family priests and pilgrims on the coast of the South Seas that Vasudeva made of sapphire on Nilachala (blue hill) was being worshiped by the Sabaras (a tribal clan). The king asked Vidyapati who was his family Brahmin to find the site.
Vidyapati met Vishwabu
After a long search, Vidyapati met Vishwabu, the head of the Sabaras (tribal clan), and expressed his desire to see Nilamadhava. Viswabasu made the Goddess see God. Then Vidyapati conveyed the wish of the king to build the temple of Lord Nilmadhav to Viswabasu and asked him to install the idol. Whom Viswabasu made him come and then Vidyapati thought that if I marry Viswabasu’s daughter, then maybe he let me take the idol of God. Failing that, he took the idol deceitfully. Which angered the clan people and the clan chief. Due to which God also got angry with the king. Lord Brahma knew that in the future Lord Vishnu would disguise his present image as Nilamadhava and reveal himself as Purushottama in a wooden statue.
Hence Brahma portrayed Narada to help King Indradymna. Narada came in the king’s dream and guided the king. On the advice of Narada, King Indradymna started one thousand Ashwamedha Yag (Yajna) and in the last stop, a huge divine log of wood appeared on the seaside. King brought the divine log of wood to Mahavedi on the advice of Narada. Then Lord Vishnu appeared under the shadow of a carpenter and engraved the idols himself. According to the Lord’s advice, the king wrapped the images in silk cloth and painted them in advised colors. But built the temple near Kalpabata. Then he went to Brahmaloka with the sage, then Brahma came and anointed the temple and installed idols there.
King Indradymna started daily and special celebratory rituals according to the Lord’s order. Devotee worshiped Lord Jagannath as Purushottama. The word Purushottam has two words in Sanskrit as ‘Purush’ and ‘Uttam’ in Rigveda.
Jagannath Temple Puri Dham entry
In the Jagannath temple, only Hindu, Punjabi, Jain, and Buddhist people can see the temple. Foreigners cannot enter the temple irrespective of their religion. Here, even former Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi couldn’t enter due to being Parsis.
Jagannath Rath Yatra
The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra, in which millions of people come to visit. Every year Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra takes place from the second date of Shukla Paksha in Aashadh month to Shukla Ekadashi. In the Rath Yatra, on the rath yatra carrying the gods in three huge chariots, Devotee believed that one day Lord Jagannath’s sister Subhadra, while wishing to see the city, prayed to God to see Dwarka, then Lord Jagannath seated his sister in the chariot. and visited. People also believe that God goes out on the road to know the condition of his devotees and meet them.
Miraculous things related to the temple
There are many such miraculous things in the Jagannath temple, whose secrets have not been able to find even today.
- The Dharmadhvaja at the top of the Jagannath Temple always keeps on fluttering in the wind.
- No one can see the shadow of the temple till today. At any time and at any place in the temple no one can see the shadow of the temple.
- You can see the Sudarshan Chakra in the temple from any direction, it will look the same.
- Neither a bird flies above the temple nor an Aeroplan.
- The air always blows in the opposite direction. In the day, the wind flows from the land towards the sea and in the evening it is opposite.
- While entering the temple, you do not hear the sound of sea waves but as soon as you go out, you hear the sound.
- The Bhandara made in the temple never goes in vain whether a thousand devotees come or lakhs.
- In order to make Prasad, a series of seven Handi is used below. But first, the prasad of the top handi is prepared and then the bottom order is made.
Temple and Arti timeing
5:30 am to 10 pm.
8 am to 9:15 devotee can’t darshan due to changing Besha.
Mangal Aarati 5:30 am.
Sandhya Aarati 6 pm.
Badasinghara Ari 10:30 pm.
Tourist place in Puri
Chilika Lake, Puri Beach, Narendra Tank, Laxmi Temple, Markandeswara temple, Raghurajpur Artist Village, Astaranga Beach, Swargadwar Beach, Vimala Temple Shaktipeeth, Gundicha Temple, Sudarshan Crafts Museum, Loknath Temple.
How to reach Jagannath Puri
Puri does not have an airport. The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar Airport.
53 km from Bhubaneswar Airport (BBI), Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.
372 km from Visakhapatnam Airport (VTZ), Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
You can easily get regular trains to Puri from other major cities in the country.
Railway Station(s): Puri (PURI) 3.5 km from Temple.
By road, you can go to the temple by car, taxi, bike or bus. There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Puri.