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Jagannath Puri


The Jagannath Temple is situated in Puri and is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Jagannath  (Krishna). The Jagannath Temple is in Puri, Orissa, India. The name Jagannath (Lord of the Universe) is a combination of the Sanskrit  words Jagat (Universe) and Nath (Lord.)  This temple is an important pilgrimage place for many Hindu traditions, specifically who worships Lord Krishna and Vishnu.  Jagannath Puri is part of the Char Dham pilgrimages that a Hindu has to be visited in one's life.

The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra, or chariot festival, in which the three main temple deities are hauled on huge and elaborately decorated chariots. Since medieval times, it is also associated with intense religious fervour. The temple is sacred to the Vaishnava traditions and saint Ramananda who was closely associated with the temple. It is also of particular significance to the followers of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism whose founder, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was attracted to the deity, Jagannath, and lived in Puri for many years.

The traditional story concerning the origins of the temple is that the original image of Jagannath (a deity form of Krishna) was found near a fig tree in the form of an Indranila or the Blue Jewel. It was so dazzling that Dharma wanted to hide it in the earth. King Indradyumna of Malwa wanted to find the image and to do so he performed harsh penances  to obtain his goal. Vishnu then instructed him to go to the Puri seashore  and find a floating log to make an image from its trunk. The King found the log of wood. Vishwakarma appeared in the form of artist and prepared images of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra from the tree


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