Interesting Facts About Puri Jagannath Temple, Jagannath Temple, Puri

Evening view of Puri Jagannath Temple
Evening view of Puri Jagannath Temple

In the Puranas, Puri Jagannath Temple has been called as Vaikuntha of the earth. It is one of the four dhams of Lord Vishnu. It is also called Srikshetra, Sripurushottam Kshetra, Shankha Kshetra, Nilanchal, and Sri Jagannath Puri. Here Lakshmipati Vishnu performed different types of leelas.

The Jagannath temple of Puri is famous worldwide. The temple’s  architect is so grand that the far-reaching architectural experts came here to research on it.

 Here are some amazing facts for you….

 1. The flag swaying against the wind :

 The red flag (Patita pawan bana) installed above the temple always flaps in the opposite direction of the wind. And every evening the flag installed above the temple is replaced by a human upside down. The flag is also so grand that when it is waving, it is always seen by everyone. 

Patitapabana Bana, jagannath temple, puri

2.Miracle Sudarshan Chakra: 

The Sudarshan Chakra is standing at the top of the Jagannath temple and weights a ton. It is installed in such a way that it can be visible from every corner of city and you’ll be able to see it always infront of you. It is also called as Neelachakra. It is made of Ashtadhatu and is considered to be very pure and sacred. 

Sudarshan Chakra, jagannath temple, puri

3.The climb:

Every day a priests climbs at the top of the  temple, which is as tall as 45 storey building, to change the flag, with bare hands without any protective gear. This ritual has been placed about 2000 years.. It is believed that if this ritual is ever missed, the temple will remain shut for the next 18 years.

4.The shadow of the dome does not form: 

Main temple of puri jagannath temple

it is the most magnificent and elevated temple in the world. The temple is spread over an area of ​​4 lakh square feet and is about 214 feet in height. It is impossible to see its dome by standing near the temple. But the shadow of the main dome remains invisible at any time of the day.

5.The direction of Wind :

Patitapabana bana at Nilachakra

On normal days the wind comes from the sea towards the land and vice versa during the evening, but here the air goes from the land to the sea., which is really very strange.

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6. No birds fly above the Puri Jagannath temple:

No birds have been seen flying around and  above the temple. While it is seen that in most of the temples of India, birds sit on the domes or are seen flying around. As well as no aircraft cannot be flown over it. 

7. Largest kitchen in the world (Rosha Ghar̥a) :

Making Of Mahaprasad

About 500 to 600 cooks make Prasad of Lord Jagannathji with 300 associates. Over 10lakh devotees can dine here. It is said that the prasad in the temple is not made for a few thousand people, but it can fill the stomach of millions of people. So it is considerd as the largest kitchen in the world.

8.The Cooking technique of Mahaprasad:

56 bhoga of jagannath

In the temple kitchen, Pots are actually used to cook this special delicacy using firewood. 7 pots are used for this and they are placed one on top of another. And the miracle  is that the food of the topmost pot gets cooked first, followed by the bottom pots.

8.The food is never get wasted here:

Nothing goes wasted in Jagannath Temple. Depending on the day, records state that about  2,000 to 20,000 devotees visit the temple. But, the quantity of prasada, which is cooked in the temple, remains the same throughout the year. Yet, the Mahaprasada never get wasted or is insufficient in any given day.

9.The sound of the waves:

Puri Sea beach waves

 You cannot hear any sound made by Sagar (inside the temple) after entering the first step in the temple’s Singhadwar. You (from outside the temple) cross the same step, then you can hear it. This can be clearly experienced in the evening. Sound of the sea: You cannot hear any sound made by the ocean (from inside the temple) only after entering the first step in the temple’s lion gate. You (from outside the temple) cross the same step, then you can hear it. This can be clearly experienced in the evening.

10. Nabakalebara of  deities:

The three deities of Jagannath Temple

Here Sri Krishna is called Jagannath. Jagannath is accompanied by his brother Balabhadra (Balarama) and sister Subhadra. These idols of the three are made of neem wood and get replced by new ones. This ritual is performed during the 18th, 12th or 19th year after the previous Nabakalebara., Where the sculptures are made new but the shape and form remains the same.

11.World’s Greatest Rath Yatra:

Rathayatra at Puri

 In the month of Aashad, Lord Jagannath goes to his aunt Rani Gundicha’s house on a chariot. Which is known as Rathayatra and this Rath yatra takes place only in the Purushottam region spread over 5 km.  Rani Gundicha was the wife of Indradyumna, the supreme devotee of Lord Jagannath, hence the queen is called Lord Jagannath’s aunt. God stays 8 days at his aunt’s house. In Aashad Shukla Dashami they takes a return journey. , which is known as Bahuda.

People go to the temples to worship god and for the fulfillment of their wishes., But here, our supreme god  Jagannath-the lord of our universe bow outside with big brother Balabhadra and small sister Suhadra to see all the devotees., during the Rathayatra.

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