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Jagannath temple

14th July, 2021 Culture

Context

  • Rath Yatra begins.

 

About

  • The temple was constructed in the 12th century by King Anatavarman Chodaganga Deva of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty.
  • The temple is sacred to all Hindus, and especially in those of the Vaishnava traditions.
  • Many great Vaishnava saints, such as Ramanujacharya, Madhvacharya, Nimbarkacharya, Vallabhacharya and Ramananda were closely associated with the temple.
  • It is also of particular significance to the followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, whose founder, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was attracted to the deity, Jagannath, and lived in Puri for many years.
  • The Jagannath Temple in Puri was called the “White Pagoda”.
  • The temple is a part of Char Dham (others Badrinath, Dwaraka, Puri, Rameswaram).
  • The idol of Jagannatha is made of wood which is ceremoniously replaced in every twelve or nineteen years by using sacred trees.
  • During its annual Ratha Yatra or Chariot festival, in which the three principal deities (Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra) are pulled on huge and elaborately decorated temple cars.