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Jagannath Puri, Odisha



Jagannath Puri, Odisha


Bali Sahi, Puri, Odisha 752001

Jagannath Puri is a significant Tirth Kshetra for Hindus. Puri has a famous temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath, whom we know as Jagannathpuri, Who is a living incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Devotees from all over the world come here for the world-famous Rath Yatra originating from Jagannathpuri and seek the blessings of Lord Jagannath i.e. Lord Vishnu. Jagannath Dham is known worldwide for its unique traditions, of which the Rath Yatra held every year is the most important. It is believed that donating food and clothing in Jagannath Puri is extremely fruitful. By feeding food to the sadhus and brahmins in Jagannath Puri, all the sins of the seeker are washed away, one gets freedom from Pitra Dosh and other faults and all the wishes are fulfilled. Jagannath Puri place is considered very sacred because it is believed that bathing in the Bay of Bengal near the temple washes away all the sins and sins. The special food prepared in Jagannath Puri is famous as Mahaprasad. It is said that if anyone eats it throughout his life, he attains salvation.

Mythological History:

Jagannath Puri place is considered very sacred because it is believed that bathing in the Bay of Bengal near the temple washes away all the sins and sins. The special food prepared in Jagannath Puri is famous as Mahaprasad. It is said that if anyone eats it throughout his life, he attains salvation. The temple of Jagannath Puri, which is called the main pilgrimage site of Hindus in Sanatan Dharma, is famous not only in India but all over the world. It is believed that the heart of Shri Krishna is still beating in the idol present in Jagannath. Whom we know as Lord Jagannath. Lord Jagannath is considered to be the full incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the form of Shri Krishna. The glory of Lord Jagannath is spread all over the world.  Every day lakhs of devotees gather here for his Dasarahanv.

The Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath is taken out every year.  This Rath Yatra of Lord Jagganath is famous all over the world devotees from all over the world gather in the Rath Yatra of Lord Jagganath. And receive the blessings of Lord Jagannath. There are four types of Dham in the Hindu religion of which Badrinath, Dwarika, Rameshwaram, and Jagannath are considered as the main Char Dham. All these Dhams are given utmost importance in Sanatan Dharma. According to mythology, when Lord Vishnu came to earth, it is believed that he first visited these four Dhams. The first place among which comes the Dham of Badrinath. When Lord Vishnu reached Badrinath, he went and took a bath in Badrinath. And after this Lord Vishnu went to Gujarat where Dwarka Dheesh Mahaprabhu was present and he went there and changed his clothes. He moved ahead from there and reached Odisha, where Lord Jagannathji is present today. After reaching there, he attained Anna. And finally reached Rameshwaram where Lord Vishnu rested, that is why these four Dhams were considered very auspicious and fruitful.

Jagannathpuri is where Lord Vishnu had received food i.e. had food.  Therefore this place is considered very auspicious for donation. Whatever is donated to this holy place. Be it Vaastu or food, it is directly received by Lord Vishnu.  Due to this, along with Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi also becomes happy. And with his blessings, there is never any shortage of wealth in the life of the person who donates. With the blessings of Lord Vishnu, a person remains healthy and free from problems. And life goes on happily and in the end, salvation is also attained.   it is said that by donating food here, the food is received by Siddha Lord Vishnu. Donation made in Jagannath Puri leads to salvation.

King Indradyumna of Avanti has built the main temple of Jagannath at Puri. The present temple was rebuilt from the tenth 10th century onwards, on the site of pre-existing temples in the compound but not the main Jagannatha temple, and begun by Anantavarman Chodaganga, the first king of the Eastern Ganga dynasty. many rumors are spread about the temple but there is no solid proof of it. The temple is one of the 108 Abhimana Kshethrams of the Vaishnavate traditions.

The Puri temple is famous for its annual Ratha Yatra, or chariot festival, in which the three principal deities are pulled on huge and elaborately decorated temple cars, Worship is performed by the Bhil Sawar tribal priest in the Jagannath temple. Unlike the stone and metal icons found in most Hindu temples, the image of Jagannath is made of wood and is ceremoniously replaced every twelve or 19 years by a replica. It is one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites. The Puri temple is also famous because many legends believe that Krishna’s heart was placed there and the material that it is made from damages the heart so they have to change it every twelve years.


Timing of Temple:

There are six special times of the day in the Jagannath temple, starting in the morning, when various types of pitha, vegetables, rice, and pulses are offered to Jagannath and his brother deities. When offered through Sodasa treatments the offering is locally called Dhoop and when offered through Pancha treatments it is called Bhog.

  1. Gopal Ballabh Bhog (breakfast at 08:30 AM)
  2. Sakal Dhoop (breakfast at 10:00 AM)
  3. Bhog Mandap Bhog (compliment with breakfast at 11:00 AM)
  4. Midday Sun (12:30 PM to 01.00 PM Lunch)

The most popular is the afternoon naivedya, which consists of the largest number of food items. These items are not cooked by any human being, rather the ingredients are put in earthen pots and kept on wood fire. After the time has passed, the objects are removed from the fire and taken to the sanctum sanctorum or sanctum sanctorum for offering by the Supakaras. After this the Naivedya is offered to the sibling deities and then it is offered to Bimala, a form of Shakti. Then Prasad becomes Mahaprasad and people consume Mahaprasad.


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