In India, Puri is considered one of the 4 Dhams. You will get to see this in the Puri district of Odisha state. Here every Hindu devotee visits this Dham once in life to see ‘Lord Jagannath’, ‘Lord Balabhadra’, and ‘Goddess Subhadra’. Every day in the year devotees come from far and wide. Not only Odisha but all of India knows about Lord Jagannath Temple.
Whenever you come to roam here, you will contemplate coming more and more. When you learn about the secret of Lord Jagannath Temple, Only then will it pull you to come towards this temple.
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Today people live far away but no one forgets Lord Jagannath ji. So let’s learn about the history of Jagannath Puri Temple.
Jagannath Temple History
The entire Shri Jagannath temple was built 800 years ago. This temple was built by King Cholo Gangdev. It took 24 years for the construction work.
But people believe that this temple was made in ‘Dwapara Yuga’.
It’s just information. Till today all this information has remained a mystery.
We get some more information from research that before 1112 CE, the name of Jagannath is mentioned twice in history in the 4th century and 9th century.
It is said that Lord Bishnu was worshiped here since 1114 CE ago.
Who built Jagannath temple
History experts say that the temple was built by Ganga dynasty king Anantavarman Chodaganga and Ananga Bhima Deva III.
This temple is 214 feet in height and the temple is spread over 4 lakh square feet.
The temple was constructed according to the Hindu and Vaishnava policy of the entire temple.
The entire temple is built according to Kalinga architecture and the work of this temple was completed after 24 years in 1135 CE.
Research shows that the temple has been repaired many times during the time of Ananga Bhima Deva.
This temple has been repaired many times.
More facts about Puri Dham
You will get to see 4 entrances in the whole temple.
Out of 4 entrances, Singhdwara is the main entry point and remains 3 entrance points are Hathidwara, Vyaghradwara, and Ashwardwara.
In front of Singhdwara, you will find a stretched road of 5 km length and 300 meters breadth. It is called “Badadanda”.
In this Badadanda, lakhs of devotees come every day to have visit ‘Shri Jagannatha Prabhu’.
Rath Yatra at Puri Dham
Every year you will get to see Rath Yatra happening in Puri Dham. Rath Yatra is an event for which every Odia waits.
This happens on the day of ‘Ashadha month Sukla Pakhya’, according to the Hindu calendar.
Every year, on the day of Rath Yatra, you get to see crores of devotees come from across the country.
On this day Lord Jagannath along with his elder brother Lord Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, sitting in his chariot, goes to his aunt’s house (mausi badi) for 9 days.
On that day you will not get to see any kind of caste discrimination and everyone sits in one place and eats Jagannath’s Mahaprasad.
Every person keeps waiting for this day. If you are thinking of going to Puri this year, then you must go for Rath Yatra.
If you are looking for the fastest route, then NH316 will be the best route for you.
Fastest route: Bhubaneswar to Puri
If you come to Puri, you will get to see not only the Puri temple and many other beautiful sights. Here you will get to see many more things along with the world-famous Golden Beach. You should visit Puri once in your life.
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