Founded In: 12th century
Dedicated To: Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna)
Jagannath Temple is one of the most renowned as well as the biggest
temples of Orissa. Established in the 12th century, the temple is
dedicated to Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna), Lord of the Universe. The
credit for laying the foundation of the Jagannath temple of Puri goes to
Raja Ananta Varman Chodaganga Dev. The temple is located at a distance
of 60 km from Bhubaneswar, on the coast of Bay of Bengal, and is greatly
revered by the devotees following the Vaishnava traditions.
There is an interesting legend associated with the Jagannatha temple of
Puri. It is said that King Indradyumna, the ruler of the territory, saw
Lord Jagannath in his dreams and following the Lord's wishes, as
told to him in his dreams, he got the Jagannath Puri Temple constructed.
Situated in the heart of the holy city, the temple is visited by
devotees from farthest corners of India as well as the world. It exudes
splendor and its tall spires lend it a magnificent aura. The walls are
embellished with exquisite carvings.
The pillars that provide support to the temple are adorned with
pictures depicting the life of Lord Krishna. In the list of the most
splendid monuments of Orissa, Jagannath temple occupies a supreme
position. One of the most popular attractions of the Jagannatha Temple
of Puri comprises of its Rath Yatra that is organized every year. It is
basically a chariot festival, where idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord
Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra, the main deities of Srimandir, are
taken to the Gundicha temple in bejeweled chariots and are brought back
to the mandir in the same way.