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Shree Jagannath Puri temple
Shree Jagannath Puri temple is one of the most famous temples in puri located in the coastal town of Puri in the state of Orissa, India. Built in the 11th century with a height of 65 meters placed on an elevated platform, it was derived its name from the two Sanskrit words at Jagat (Universe) and Nath (Lord of). Annual Rath Yatra, or chariot festival is the main attraction of this temple which is associated with intense religious fervour. Ganga Dynasty Ananta Varman Chodaganga Deva was built it and makes it one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations for Hindu religion. A large number of devotes visit to worship of Lord Krishna and Vishnu( a protector of life) and turn around the Char Dham pilgrimages that a Hindu has to be visited in one's lifetime. The temple was previously a Buddhist temple, Swami Vivekananda said.

Many historians have researched a lot and finally they found an appropriate answer in the Skanda-Purana, Brahma Purana and other Puranas. The account stated that Lord Jagannath was formerly devoted as Lord Neela Madhav by a Savar king (tribal chief) named Viswavasu. There is long story behind which had been quite famous about the deity of this temple. There was a king Indradyumna and he wanted to find out the deity, however, he sent a Brahmin priest, Vidyapati to find the place of deity, who was worshipped secretly in a dense forest by Viswavasu. He was very intelligent and he tried well but wont be able to search the location then he managed the situation and to marry Viswavasu's daughter Lalita.

With his intelligence, he has fallen mustard seeds on the ground on the way. After a few days the seeds sprouted, which enabled him to locate the position of the cave later on and the deity had disappeared. The king again disappointed to see the Deity was hidden in sand. But he might not be able to come back without having a darshan of the deity. Later on, the king thought to perform a horse sacrifice thus built a wonderful temple for Vishnu. While asleep, the king has been a vision of Lord Jagannath in his dream and pulled his attention towards the fragrant tree on the seashore and make idols out of it. Ultimately, the pictures of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Chakra Sudarshan prepared out of the wood of the divine tree and established them in the temple.

Shree Jagannath Puri temple    

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