Jagannath Dham Puri-The Holy Land of Lord Jagannath


Lord Shri Jagannath is the Lord of the infinite crore universes. His temple is the grandest of all temples, his idol the largest, his flag the biggest, his sacred garden the most divine, his ocean the mightiest, his island the greatest, his prashad the most sacred, and whose life is Mahalakshmi . That great deity, Lord Jagannath, is the master of the entire universe.

Jagannath is a unique combination of both Daru and Brahma.  While other deities are made of eternal stone or metal, Shri jagannath is renewed every eleven to twenty-nine years. Usually, the year in which two and a half months’ fall is celebrated in the year of Navkalebar.In the temple three deities sitting in ratna singhasan: Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra, and his sister Subhadra.

Rath Yatra (Chariot Fastival):

The temple is famous for its annual Ratha Yatra, the chariot festival. The festival takes place in June or July every year and it is one of the largest religious festivals in India. The three deities are pulled on huge and elaborately decorated chariots on the grand road of Puri.

Puri Sea Beach:It is also a popular tourist destination for its long golden sea beach, wide dear forest and marine drive road. Millions of pilgrims/tourist visit every day to enjoy the place.

Bahuda Yatra:

People of all religions and communities worship him with devotion from the heart. As Mahaprabhu Shri jagannath is a deity, he travels in a chariot to his aunt's mother's house(Gundicha Temple) on the day of Shrigundicha, drawing the devotee's mind towards him and not being bound by caste and region.  He continues his journey for the good of all.  Therefore, irrespective of caste, religion and year, lakhs of devotees cross seven seas and thirteen rivers and come from different nations to see the Lord in His chariot.  On the 10th day of the 10th day of the month, the lord descends from the birth altar and take their seats in Ratna Singhasan.

Ananda Bazaar :

Mahaprashad eating area inside the temple premises,where varity of Prasad available for devoties.Everything available in anada bazara is prashad.Mahaprasad is cooked only in earthen pots and medium of food is fire wood only. The steam-cooked food is offered to Lord Jagannatha first and then to Goddess Bimala after which it becomes Mahaprasad. This Mahaprasad is freely partaken by people of all castes and creeds without any discrimination. The items offered include cooked rice, dal, vegetable curry, sweet-dishes, cakes etc. Dry confectionaries are prepared of sugar, gur, wheat flour, ghee, milk and cheese etc.

Grand Road (Bada Daanda): Very wide road connected between Jagannath temple and Gundicha temple. In the time of ratha yatra, millions of pilgrims coming to pull the chariot in grand road.Badasankha is known for its beautiful beaches, ancient temples, and rich cultural heritage. One of the most interesting things about Badasankha is that it is home to the famous Jagannath Temple, one of the four sacred temples in India.