Jagannath temple mystery solved! 4 facts about puri dham
In this article, I will tell you about the legend of Shri Jagannath and its temple history along with some amazing facts about this temple which many people don’t know.
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Introduction to jagannath temple
History of jagannath temple
facts about jagannath temple
- Usually you have seen that a flag or a sail of ship flows in the direction of wind. But in Jagannath temple, the flag which is placed at the top, always flows in the opposite direction of wind.
- The Sudarshan Chakra which is placed at the pinnacle of the temple is made up of heavy metal and it weighs over 1000 kilograms! Nobody knows that how an object which is so heavy is placed over that height in the era when there was no electricity or technology.
- There is one more fact about the Sudarshan Chakra. It is experienced that when you see the Chakra from front, back, sideways or any angle; the Chakra will look as same!
- The flag of temple is daily changed. The main priest of the temple climbs the temple atop and replaces the old flag with new flag. It is believed that if the flag ritual is missed for even a single day, the temple will be shut for 18 years.
- There is a ritual in Jagannath temple which involves the Idol of Jagannath. Once in every 19 years, the Idols of Lord Jagannath, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra are changed. During this time, a blackout is announced in the city.
- The priest takes the mysterious object “Nil Madhava” from the Idol of Lord Jagannath, and places it in the new Idol of Lord Jagannath. While doing this, he ties a black cloth around his eyes and prevents himself from seeing it as part of the ritual.
- Kanapata Hanuman is located on the western gate of Jagannatha Temple (Vyaghra dvara). After marrying Laxmi devi who is the daughter of the ocean, the Lord became the son-in-law of the ocean. During the night the waves of the ocean make a loud sound that is heard all over Puri. One time this sound entered Jagannatha’s temple, thus disturbing the Lord’s sleep. Lord Jagannatha ordered Samudra not to make any sound which might disturb Him. Since then, the sound of Samudra crashing on the beach never again entered Jagannatha’s Temple. Lord Jagannatha engaged His devotee Hanuman to stand at the south gate and listen attentively and ensure the sound never entered the mandira. “Kanapata” means to engage the ears (kana) for hearing. Thus Hanuman is known here as Kanapata Hanuman.
- The city of Puri still hosts a king who is called as Gajapati Maharaj. He is said to be the first servant of Jagannath Prabhu. He is involved in many rituals related to the temple such as Rath Yatra, Janmashtami, Ram Navami etc.
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