Puri jagannath temple

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Puri jagannath temple

Postby raghu on Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:30 pm

Puri is also known as Srikshetra, Sankhakshetra, Purushottamakshetra, and neeladri. It is one of the Chardhams (Puri, Dwaraka, Rameswaram, Badarinath). The presiding deities in the temple of Jagannath are Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra. The three deities are known as Trimurti (trinity). The trio with Sudharshana are seated on a stone pedestral called 'Ratnavedi' in the sanctum sanctorum. The fourth idol are known as "Chaturdhamurti'. Besides the Chaturdhamurti, three other small idols such as Goddess Sridevi and Goddess Bhudevi are seated on Ratnavedi to the left and right side of Lord Jagannath respectively. A small replica of Jagannath known as Neelamadhav is seated by the side of Jagannath swamy.

How to Reach: Puri is well connected by rail ,road and air routes. It has railway station and bus stand which connects to all major parts of india. The nearest airport is in Bhuwaneshwar which is for about 60km from puri.

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Puri jagannath temple History

Postby raghu on Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:32 pm

History of Jagannath temple
The present temple was built in the 12th century A.D by the king Ananta Burman Chodaganga Dev. According to some scholars, Chodaganga started construction of the temple, but it was completed during the time of his decedent Ananga Bhim Dev. The temple complex comprises an area for about 10 acres and is enclosed by two rectangular walls. The outer wall is called 'Meghananda Prachira' and the inner wall is known as 'Kurma Bheda'. There are four gates in east, west, north, and south directions namely Singhadwara, Vyagharadwara, Ashwadwara and Hastidwara respectively. In front of eastern gate, there is a stone pillar known as ''Aruna Stamba''. At the top of pillar there is an image of Aruna, the charioteer of Sun-God. This pillar was brought from konark temple and installed here during 18th century A.D.

Sthalapurana and Significance of Puri jagannath temple

Postby raghu on Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:34 pm

The tribal origin of Sree Jagannatha is coroborated by SKANDA PURANA, which is treated as authentic source material regarding the origin of Sri Jagannath worship at Puri and which devotes a full section running about 60 chapters called UTKAL KHANDA or PURUSOTTAM MAHATMYA in its second division -the VAISNAVA KHANDA. It says that Sree Jagannatha in the present form was installed by king Indradyumna of Malawa, who came all the way from that country with his family, ministers, priests, prominent citizens and a large contingent of army to pay a darshan to Nilamadhava which was being worshipped secretly by SAVARA CHIEFTAIN VISVAVASU in the form of a stone image. But he could not see Nilamadhava, who disappeared when Indradyumna, accompanied by Narada was coming to puri on the way.

''After Vishnu saved the world from the deluge in his varaha incarnation, Brahma asked him the means of salvation of all creatures. Vishnu said, 'I am being worshipped as Nilamadhava on the Blue hill in Purushottama kshetra. The highest form of salvation could be attained by beholding me there. This was a cause of apprehension to Yama, the god of ─Ćeath, as he could not discharge his duties properly. On Yama`s request Vishnu assured him to disappear from blue hill. To fulfill his pledge given to Yama, Lord Vishnu made the shrine of Nilamadhava invisible under the sand''

Indradyumna was completly disheartened with the news, but sage Narada assured him that God would reappear in the form of Daru (a log of wood). Thus being consoled Indradyumna visited the Blue hill and offered ASWAMEDHA sacrifices there. On the closing day of the Aswamedha sacrifice Nilamadava appeared to Indradyumna in a vision,and at his bathing time the attendants came and informed him that a Daru with four branches was floating on the sea. The king with due ceremony brought the Daru and placed it on the Mahavedi. While discussing with Narada about fashioning the log into an image,the king heared a voice from heaven saying, ''God himself will make his own image .The aged carpenter standing with his tools should be shut up in a room for fifteen days and utmost secrecy should be maintained about the construction of image''. Things were arranged accordingly and at the end of the allotted time Sree Jagannatha, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarsana appeared on the Mahavedi. Being directed by a voice from heaven the adorned the images with silken cloth and painted them with their respective colours. He also built a temple of one thousand cubits height to install the images.

Vimala mata temple Puri

Postby raghu on Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:38 pm

VIMALA MATA MANDIR / BIMALA MATA: We can see this mandir just back side of jagannath swamy mandir in the temple complex itself. Bimala mata is considered to be Bhairavi and Jagannath as Bhirava. This temple is one of 108 shakthipeethas in India. Sati devi navel portion fell over here. Every year Durga pooja is celebrated here for 16 days grandly.
NRUSIMHA SWAMY MANDIR: We can see this temple adjacent to the mukthimandap to the west. This temple is supposed to have been constructed prior to the present Jjagaannath swamy temple.

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