Puri Jagannath Temple : An Essential Guide

Puri Jagannath Temple

Puri, also known as Jagannath Dham – one among the four holy Dhams in India, is the Abode of The Lord Vishnu on earth. The Jagannath temple, also known as Bada Deula or Sri Mandir, is a 12th-century masterpiece of Temple art & architecture.

The Temple is a sacred Hindu Temple and an important pilgrimage destination for many Hindu traditions where along with Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra are worshiped.

Jagannath Temple Sunset

About Lord Jagannath

Lord Jagannath (or Jagannatha), one of the form or avatar of Vishnu, is considered as ‘Lord of the Universe’ by the Hindus. The name, Jagannath, has been derived from 2 words namely, Jagat (meaning world) and Nath (meaning master). He is worshipped along with his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra on the Ratnabedi – the jeweled platform.

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Bada Danda Puri

Puri Jagannath Temple

Puri is one of the four holy dhamas of India (others are Dwarka, Badarinath, and Rameshwaram). It is located 60km from Bhubaneshwar, on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. Puri is called Sri Purusottama Dhama, the abode of the Lord Vishnu on earth. Other names are Sri-Kshetra, Nilachala, and Jagannath Dhama.

King Indradyumna first established the temple of Lord Jagannath here on the Nilachala hill with the Deity being installed by Lord Brahma himself. The present temple was begun by King Chora Ganga deva and finished by his descendant Ananga Bhima Deva during the 12th century.

The temple complex comprises an area of 10.7 acres and is enclosed by 2 rectangular walls. The outer enclosure is called Meghanada Prachira. The walls are 20ft high. The inner wall is called Kurma bheda. The walls were built during the 15th or 16th centuries.

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