The Jagannath Temple is one of the most famous temples in India situated in Puri in Odisha state. This temple is mainly devoted to Jagannath, which means “Lord of Universe”. Jagannath is one of the Char Dhams of Hindu. Every Hindu is likely to come once here in a lifetime. The congregations of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna must come here. In the initial of the 11th century Jagannath temple Puri was built. Yearly Puri Rath Yatra held at Jagannath Temple is very famous all over the world; people come here on that occasion from various nations.Jagannath Puri Temple is also a part of famous Char Dham in Hindu religion including Badrinath Temple in north India, Rameswaram Temple in southern India, Puri Jagannath Temple in east India and Dwarka Temple in Western part of India. These Char Dham covers the whole India. Yatra (journey) of Char dham is starting from the eastern India that is Jagannath Puri Temple, and then going towards south after that west and finally in the north India in clockwise direction.
On a beautiful stage or platform called Ratnavedi, idols of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Deity Subhadra are kept. The Great Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu is also placed on this Ratnavedi.
The beautiful enormous temple spread in an area of about 37000 square metre bounded by a huge wall called Meghanada Pacheri. Kurma Bedha, another wall surrounded the main temple. In this huge campus around 120 temples are located. Jagannath temple designed beautifully with Oriya styled structural design. Wealthy sculptural architecture of this temple attracts the foreign tourists too much. The temple has four separate parts first one is Deula or Garba Griha, where all divinity placed. Second one is Mukhshala that is the front part of temple. Third one is Nata mandir that is spectator’s hall. Last one is Bhog Mandapa used for offerings.
According to a detection or discovery this temple is initially constructed by the king of Kalinga, Ashoka the Great. After that, in 1174 present temple was reconstructed by Ananga Bheem(Ruler of Orrisa at that time). There are various small shrines and temples are present in the enormous corridor of the temple, including the idol of Shree Ram & Pavan Putra Hanuman, deity of Maa Saraswati. The temple of Ganesh, Idol of Surya & Narsimha and Mahalaxmi Temple are also found in Jagannath Puri Temple.
The jagannath temple is wavy shaped with a crown on the pinnacle called Srichakra or Nilachakra. Among the four gates of the Jagannath temple Puri. The Singhadwara is the main entrance. Other entrances are Hatthidwara, Vyaghradwara and Ashwadwara. An icon of Jagannath also called Patitapavana.
Plating and distribution of Prasad (Offerings) are made six times in a day. First one in the early morning called Gopal Bhog, second one is at 10:00am called Sakala Dhup, after that third one is Bada Sankhudi Bhog at approx 12:00 pm. In the peak afternoon Madhyan dhoop is offered, evening bhog called Sandhya dhoop is offered at 08:00pm and finally the last one called Bada Simhara Bhog at night.
How to Reach
By Air nearest airport from Puri is Bhubaneswar, which is just 60km, from there lots of taxis and buses are available.
By Train, Puri is a railway junction; So many trains are available from the main cities of India. It is also well-connected by road, in local many rickshaws, taxis are available for city journey.