Jagatnath is a deity worshipped in regional tradition of Hinduism in India and Bangladesh. Jagannath is considered a form of Vishnu. He is part of a triad along with his brother Balabhadra and sister . To most Vaishnava Hindus, Jagannath is an abstract representation of Krishna; to some Shaiva and Shakta Hindus.
The icon of Jagannath is a carved and decorated wooden stump with large round eyes and a symmetric face, and the icon has a conspicuous absence of hands or legs. The worship procedures, sacraments and rituals associated with Jagannath are syncretic.
INTRESTING THINGS ABOUT JAGATNATH
Rath Yatra :- Event of joy
Rath Yatra or Chariot festival, is any public procession in a chariot. The term particularly refers to the annual Rathajatra in Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal and other East Indian states, particularly the Odia festival that involve a public procession with a chariot with deities Jagannath (Vishnu avatar), BalaBhadra (his brother), Subhadra (his sister) and Sudarshana Chakra (his weapon) on a rath, a wooden deula-shaped chariot. It attracts over a million Hindu pilgrims who join the procession each year.
The three chariots of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhdra are newly constructed every year with wood of specified trees like phassi, dhausa, etc.
Lord Krishna’s Heart
Brahma Paribartan:-brahma paribatan is a very secret ritual that takes place in every 19 years . This ritual was performed at dark night and at that time the light of puri was shutdown and the temple was covered by team of crpf. No one is allowed the enter inside temple
According the hindu mythology ,it is said that this is the heart of krishna which is transfered from the current idol of jagatnath and placed into new idol of lord. Only 4 senior priests of temple was allowed to go inside and they also had to wore a black strip on eyes to protect the eye from the part.
Is Indira Gandhi stopped from entering at jagatpuri
Yes,Indira Gandhi was stopped from entering in the jagatnath puri temple in 1984 on the reason of marriaging a non Hindu firoz Shah who was parsi.
Not only Indira Gandhi but our current president Ram nath govind was also not gets permission to enter jagatnath puri temple as he was a dalit.
Facts of jagatnath puri
1)flag flaps opposite to wind
The flag a top the temple strangely always floats in the opposite direction of wind. The flag floating in opposite direction brings your scientific reasoning to a halt, and you just tend to believe that there is some force more powerful than science.
2)mystry of no shadow
Every thing will give shadow when light from one side stricks it but this doesn’t happens with puri temple.
There was no shadow of jagarnath puri temple in any time period of the day. Science is still in search of this mystry.
3) sudarshan chakra
The sudarshan chakra present on the top of temple creates two mystrious facts .
How the chakra weighted in tonnes got up to that hight of 215 feet and another mystry is architectural technique related to chakra that it looks same from every direction.
4)The Food Is Never Futile Here
In hindu religion, wasting food is a bed sign. And temple follow this principal. There were visitors varies from 5,000 a day to 6,00,000 a day but miracle no surplus or shortage of food(prasad) arise and not a single bite of food is wasted.
It is another an architectural miracle of the puri temple that first step inside the temple will mute the sound of water.And once you step one step outside temple you will again hear the sound
6)Magical Methods to Cook
In jagatnath the food is not cooked by big vessels nor with electronic machines but it was cooked by ancient technique using wood.In which 7 earthen pot’s were places one above the other and the facts is that the pot at top cook first