Puri is mainly famous for the Jagannath temple. It is one of the most popular destinations in Odisha. The temple is one of the Hindus’ holy shrines during their pilgrimage of Char Dham (abode).
In this post, I will tell you about the Puri Jagannath temple‘s history and the mystery behind this temple that will surprise you. You will also get information about the best time to visit it, along with how to reach the temple and many more.
About Puri Jagannath temple
People come to Puri for Jagannath Temple as it is one of the temples for pilgrimage during Char (four) Dham Yatra. According to Hindu custom, humans should visit Char Dham at least once in their lifetime. Out of the four Dhams, Puri Jagannath temple is also included.
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It is said that if you place your foot in the Puri Jagannath temple, then it is a matter of great luck for you. It is also believed that with the philosophy of Puri Jagannath temple, all the sorrows and pains of Human’s life are eliminated.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shri Krishna and his elder brother Balabhadra and his sister Subhadra. It is also said that after Dwapara Yuga (Era), Lord Shri Krishna started living in Puri.
In the scriptures, apart from Puri Jagannath, it is also called Sri-kshetra (Region) and Purushottam-Kshetra (region). It is said that it is the Dham (abode) of the Kali Yuga (era). One of the monasteries cursed by Shankaracharya in all four directions of the country is also in Puri called Govardhan Monastery.
Jagannath temple is the tallest temple in Odisha and is in the 9th position in India. Its height is 61m (200ft). The walls around the temple are called Meghnad Pacheri (Wall). Its length is 660 feet, and its height is 20 feet.
This massive temple covers an area of 400000 square feet and is surrounded by a strong high wall called Meghnad Pacheri (wall). Another wall known as Kurma Bheda surrounds the Main temple.
There are several small temples inside the Jagannath temple, which you can also philosophy. After visiting the temple, just before entering the temple, you will see the Maha kitchen of Mahaprabhu on the left side of the temple.
Where even today, Chappan Bhog (Prasad/offerings) is made every day in large quantities. Which is offered to Lord Jagannath. It takes 300 priests to make this prasad (offerings). You can visit this kitchen with a ticket of Rs 10. It is also the most oversized kitchen in India.
Just to the temple’s right side, there will be a market called Anand Bazaar. Here the same Prasad (offerings) made in Mahaprabhu’s Maha Kitchen are available to you at a nominal price. This prasad (offerings) is delicious.
Nine fascinating Mysteries of Jagannath temple
Many temples in India have some mystery inside them. One of them is the Jagannath temple of Puri. It is believed that the death mystery of Lord Krishna is hidden in this temple. The older the temple is, the more shocking the temple’s secret is.
- The flag above the temple flaps in the opposite direction of the wind. Lord Shiva’s moon is made on this flag.
- The Neel Chakra/ Sudarshan chakra will always face you no matter where you stand in the temple.
- The temple’s central dome is not visible at any time of the day.
- No birds and flights are flying over the temple. No one knows the secret behind it.
- The Mahaprasad (holy offerings) is cooked in 7 different pots placed on top of one another. It is said that the offerings in the top pot are cooked first while the bottom pot is cooked later.
- The offerings cooked inside the temple will never be in shortage despite the varying number of devotees.
- The sound of the sea stops as soon as you step inside the temple. The sound is heard again as soon as you come out of the temple. You can feel it in the evening.
- On regular days, the wind blows from the sea to the land, whereas it’s the opposite in the evening. But in Puri, the wind blows from land to the sea.
- The temple’s annual income is around 60 crores, while the temple assets are anywhere around 300 crores. It is also said that the temple’s treasure is more than that. But its treasure key has disappeared.
History of Jagannath temple
This temple is religious to all Hindus and especially the people of Vaishnava traditions. Many great saints like Ramananda and Ramanuja were closely associated with the temple. Ramanuja founded the Emar Matha (monastery).
It also has special significance for Gaudiya Vaishnava’s followers, whose founder, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was attracted to Jagannath and lived in Puri for many years.
According to some Sanskrit texts, King Chodaganhadeva started temple’s work. He ruled from 1078 to 1148 CE. The present form was built by Odisha ruler Ananga Bhima deva in 1197 CE. Kapilendra Deva built the walls around the temple which is called Meghnad Pacheri (Wall) in 1452 CE.
About Puri Ratha Yatra
This festival is very famous in Odisha. On the day of this festival, millions of people come to Puri and gather in Puri Bada- Danda. Every year between June and July, Puri Ratha Yatra is conducted.
It is believed that Lord Jagannath wished to visit his Aunt’s house every year with his siblings. Hence, every year Lord Jagannath and his siblings (God Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra) travel from their home Jagannath temple to their Aunt’s house (around 3km from Jagannath temple)Gundicha temple in Chariot.
The name of Lord Jagannath’s Chariot is called Nandighosh (height 44 feet 2 inches and 17 wheels), the Chariot of Lord Balabhadra is called Taladhwaja (height 43 feet 3 inches and 14 wheels), and the Chariot of Devi Subhadra is called Darpadalana (height 43 feet 2 inches and 12 wheels).
The Chariots are pulled by some lucky devotees and all Jagannath temple priests. After nine days, the deities again ride the Chariots back to the home in Bahuda Yatra.
It is around 1.6km from Jagannath temple. The Puri sea beach is spotless and fresh. It is a sight to behold with the tidal waves in their full glory. Besides being beautiful with golden sand, it is also relatively safer than other beaches in Odisha.
The fine white sands of Puri beach and the waves’ roar have fascinated visitors throughout the ages. The beach has continued to be a religious venue. Millions of Pilgrims visit it for a purification dip who come to Puri to pay their tribute to Lord Jagannath.
The sunrise and sunset of this beach are beautiful. Here, you can enjoy bathing. But keep in mind that you don’t go too deep because the waves on this beach are very high. Apart from bathing, you can enjoy a camel ride, horse ride, ATV ride, and many more.
You can see a lot of artwork in the evening where many artists display their art with beach sand, which looks very beautiful.
The evening is delightful with the cool breeze and sound waves. You can also enjoy the evening beach market, especially if you are interested in buying seashells, conch, or pearls. Puri sea beach is also famous for its Fast Food stalls, which starting in the evening.
Facts about Puri Jagannath temple
- Inside the temple, Mobiles, Cameras, and even leather items like belts and wallets are not allowed. If you mistakenly take it, then don’t worry outside the temple. You will find many stands to keep all your leather items and mobiles.
- There is a massive parking stand just 600m from the temple to park your vehicles.
- Timings: 5:00 am to 11:00 pm
- Cost: There are no entry fees
- Best time to visit: You can go anytime you want, but Ratha Yatra is the best time to visit Puri.
Hotels in Puri
There are more than 250 hotels in Puri where you can stay. You will quickly get a hotel from one-star to five-star in Puri. Guys, let me tell you Puri beaches are divided into two parts: the Golden beach and the Silver beach.
Golden beach is very crowded whereas Silver beach is very calm. So that depends on you that where you want to stay. You should book the hotel to the beach because from there the beach view is fantastic.
1) Mayfair Waves at Chakratirtha road (best services)
2) Creative Sea Shaine at Baliapanda road
3) Hotel Ocean View at Marine drive road
1) Sterling Puri at Baliapanda road
2) Mahodadhi Palace at sea beach road
3) The Chariot resort & spa at Baliapanda road
1) The Chanakya BNR hotel at Chakratirtha road
2) Oyo 7580 Jagannath temple at Grand road, Badasankha
3) Pipul hotels and resorts at Baliapanda road
1) Hotel P.P Palace at Gopal Ballav road
2) Hotel 26496 Hotel Sands Bay at Gopal Ballav road
3) Hotel Mayur at Swargadwara
1) Sai resort at Gopal Ballav road
2) Chandan Lodge at Station road
3) Hotel Sapphire Inn at station road
How to Reach Puri
By air: The nearest airport is Biju Patnaik International Airport. The distance between Puri and the airport is 65km. You will quickly get a taxi or a car from the airport.
By Rail: Puri station is the nearest Railway station, which is around 3km from Puri. This station is well connected to major cities of India.
By Road: You can also reach Puri by Bus. Puri bus stand is near the Gundicha temple.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jagannath temple Puri:
Q: What is unique about Puri Jagannath Temple?
A: Once you get your foot in the Jagannath temple, you will not feel like returning from there. You will be merry in devotion to the Lord. After philosophy, your mind will come to different happiness. I think that’s special about Lord Jagannath.
Q: Which God is in Puri Jagannath Temple?
A: This temple is devoted to Lord Shri Krishna and his elder brother Balabhadra and his sister Subhadra.
Q: Why is Jagannath temple famous?
A: It is famous for Ratha Yatra. In Ratha Yatra, Millions of Lord Jagannath’s devotees come to see their Lord, who sits on the beautiful decorative Chariot. Some lucky devotees pull the Chariots.
Q: What is the mystery of Jagannath Temple?
A: (1) The flag above the temple flaps in the opposite direction of the wind. Lord Shiva’s moon is made on this flag.
(2)The Neel Chakra/ Sudarshan chakra will always face you no matter where you stand in the temple.
(3)The temple’s central dome is not visible at any time of the day.
(4)No birds and flights are flying over the temple.
Q: Who built the Jagannath temple of Puri?
A: King Chodaganhadeva started the work of this temple. He ruled from 1078 to 1148 CE. The temple’s present form was built by Odisha ruler Ananga Bhima deva in 1197 CE.
Q: What can I buy in Puri?
A: You can buy Sambalpuri design Saree, Puri Khaja (it’s a special type of sweet whose taste is fantastic), Khiragaja (sweet), and Chappan bhog (Lord’s holy offerings).
Q: What is the name of the outer wall of Jagannath temple?
A: It is surrounded by a robust high wall called Meghnad Pacheri (wall). Its length is 660 feet, and its height is 20 feet.
Q: Who is the wife of Lord Jagannath?
A: Goddess Laxmi is the wife of Lord Jagannath.