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  • 14 July, 2021

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Lord Jagannath Temple

Lord Jagannath Temple

Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra for Lord Jagannath was commenced recently.

About Jagannath Puri Yatra

  • Jagannath Puri Yatra is held at one of the Char Dhams called Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha.
  • This festival is the most famous Vaishnavite ritual observed in India and abroad.
  • On the occasion, devotees pray to three deities – Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Lordess Subhadra.
  • For this festival, special chariots are built each year.
  • Similar processions or rath yantras are organized at Jagannath temples across the world.
  • During festive public procession of Jagannath, devotees visit Puri to see Lord Jagannath in a chariot.

How did this yatra begin?

  • Images of all the three deities is ceremoniously brought out of the inner sanctum (Garbhagriha) from the chief temple in Jagannath Puri. They are placed in a chariot which is then pulled by volunteers from Jagannath puri temple to Gundicha Temple.

Lord Jagannath Temple

  • The Jagannath Temple of Puri is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a form of Vishnu located on the eastern coast of India, in the state of Odisha.
  • The temple is an important pilgrimage destination and one of the four great 'Char Dham' pilgrimage sites.
  • The construction of the Jagannath temple was initiated by King Anantavarma Chodagangadeva in 12th century.
  • The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra, or chariot festival.
  • Anantavarma Chodagangadeva is also known for building the Sun temple of Konark and Puri is considered as the cultural capital of Odisha.

The Nagara or North Indian Temple Architecture

  • Nagara is the style of temple architecture which became popular in Northern India.
  • It is common here to build an entire temple on a stone platform with steps leading up to it.
  • Unlike in south India, it doesn’t usually have elaborate boundary walls or gateways.
  • Earliest temples had only one shikhara (tower), but in the later periods, multiple shikharas came.
  • The garbhagriha is always located directly under the tallest tower.

Source: AIR


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