Jagannath Temple

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Jagannath Temple
Temple Address
Puri, Odisha 752001, India.
Temple overview

The Jagannath temple was constructed in the 17th century, 1691 by the king of Barkagarh, Jagannathpur Thakur Ani Nath Shahdeo. It is situated at 10 km from the city, on a hilltop near Firayalal Chowk. The architectural style of this temple is the same as that of a fort presenting a miniature of the famous Puri Jagannath temple. It is most popularly known for its Ratha Yatra held every year whose concept has been taken from the original Puri temple. The date when construction commenced is not known but the temple was completed on 25th December 1691. It is supposed to be a miniature version of the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa and is built according to the same architectural design. The temple can be reached through a flight of stairs which leads to the main gate of the temple or if you want to go up in your vehicle, take a detour which ends at the courtyard of the temple. The temple is built of bricks that are whitewashed only from the outside but the not the inside. The main deity of this temple is Lord Jagannath, who was one of the manifestations of Lord Vishnu. The Jagannath Temple is very sacred to the tribals of the region. Legend has it that the temple was built to offer the tribals a place of worship to keep them from converting to other religions. This temple complex is divided into three parts and has shrines dedicated to each of the gods – Krishna, Balabhadra and Subhadra. Another attraction of the temple is a figure of Lord Hanuman inside the temple and one of Garuda outside the temple. Lakhs of devotees flock to the temple as it is believed Lord Jagannath opens his eyes during this time and blesses his devotees. The temple since it is located on the top of a hill also offers a striking view of the city.

Temple Timings
Monday
5:00 am - 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 am - 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 am - 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 am - 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday
5:00 am - 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 am - 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday
5:00 am - 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm