10 Incredible Facts About Jagannath Temple, Puri

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The name of Puri certainly has a high recall value across the world for being the land of Lord Jagannath which is famous for its annual Rath Yatra. Being one of the four great ‘Char Dham’  pilgrimage sites, the Jagannath Temple, Puri, is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a form of Vishnu. Millions of devotees visit the temple throughout the year seeking blessings of Lord Jagannath.

The construction of the Jagannath temple was initiated by King Chodagangadeva, also known for building the Sun temple of Konark and several major Shaivite temples. It was completed by his grandson Anangabhimadeva in the late 12th century. Let’s have a look at some of the incredible facts about the temple, whose explanation has not yet been found:

  1. The Flag Mystery:        

The flag at the top of the temple dome is observed to always wave in the opposite direction of air flow.

2. The Chakra:            

It is said, that the Sudarshan Chakra is installed in such a way that it seems that it is facing towards you irrespective of the place or angle from which it is viewed. The Chakra is standing at the top of temple, 20 feet high and weighs a ton.

3.The Sea Breeze:                                  

 Considering any coastal area on earth, at daytime, the breeze from the sea comes to land and the opposite occurs in the evening. But the reverse occurs in Puri.

4. Nothing Flies Above The Temple:          

 It is surprisingly observed that nothing flies above the temple. No birds, no planes, absolutely nothing!

5. The Oldest Ritual:                                                                                                                                                                                              

Every day a priest climbs to the dome of the temple to change the flag since 1800 years, as a part of a ritual. The temple stands as tall as a 45 story building. If this ritual is not followed a single day, then the temple must be shut for the next 18 years.

6. The Mysterious Engineering:                        

The temple is constructed in such a mysterious way that the shadow of the main dome of the temple can never be observed at any given time. Such an engineering marvel!

7. The Prasadam:     

The Prasadam or the Mahaprasad at the Jagannath temple is cooked in pots using firewood. Exactly 7 pots are put one on top of another and surprisingly, the top most pot gets cooked first followed by the bottom pots in order. 

8.The Mysterious Assumption:          

It is said that the Prasadam served in the temple never goes waste. The count of the devotees visiting the temple per day vary from 2000 to 20000 but the quantity of Prasadam cooked in the temple remains exactly the same throughout the year any given day, yet none of it goes insufficient or wasted.

9.The  Difference In Design:    

The present day structure of the Jagganath temple is different from initial design of the temple. It is said that the main temple was first consrtucted by the Chola kings and the Meghanada Pacheri, Mukha Sala, Nata Mandapa and other assets of the temple were later constructed by other rulers ruling the area in later times.

10. Change Of Idols Every Year:        

Every year the old idols are buried one on top of another and it is said that they disintegrate on their own.

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Sanjana Ghosh

Sanjana Ghosh is a sightseer who loves traveling, capturing moments and writing about them.

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