The Jagannath Temple of Puri is a sacred Vaishnava temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath. The majestic Temple is a major pilgrimage destination for Hindus and is a part of the “Char Dham” pilgrimages. Millions of devotees visits the Jagannath temple throughout the year to seek the blessings of Lord Jagannath. The Jagannath temple was built in the year 1078.
Few facts about that Jagannath temple that remains a mystery as per the Locals;
- The flag located at the top of the temple dome( known as Patita Paban Bana) always waves in the opposite direction of air flow. The length of the flag used to be 62 Ft, which is now limited to around 28 Ft
- The metal wheel at the top of Lord Jagannath temple is known as Neela Chakra (Blue Wheel)/ Sudarshan Chakra (approx. 11 Ft. High and 2200 Kg weight) is said to be visible from every corner of the city in such a way that as if it is facing towards you irrespective of the place you are in.
- A priest climbs the top of the temple and changes the flag every day since 1800 years as a part of a ritual. It is believed that if it is not changed any day, the temple must be shut for the next 18 years.
- In almost all coastal areas, on daytime the breeze from sea comes to land and the opposite occurs in the evening but In Puri it is observed to be just the reverse.
- It is a surprise that nothing flies above the temple, not even birds.
- The temple is constructed in such a way that the shadow of the main dome of the temple cannot be observed at any given time
- The Mahaprasada served in the temple is cooked in the temple and the quantity remains exactly the same throughout the year any given day , still none of it goes insufficient or wasted at any day.
- The Mahaprasad is cooked in pots using firewood. Exactly 7 pots are put one on top of another. Surprisingly, the top most pot is cooked first followed by the bottom pots in order
- The temple is situated near the sea. When you enter the main door of the temple you can clearly hear sound of the ocean, however once you passed the Simhadwara just take a turn and walk back in the same direction you came. You cannot hear the ocean until you come out of the temple. This can be noticed clearly during evening. There is no scientific explanation for this. Legend has it that Subhadra Mayi, the sister of the two Lords wished peace and serenity within the temple abode and hence it was made to come about that way.
Apart from the Jagannath temple, the sea beach is also famous and may tourist come to enjoy the beach. There are many local foods available worth to be trying, of course the Mahaprasada (56 food items offered to Lord Jagannath) at the temple is a must. Outside of temple the “Khaja” is worth trying. The road from the temple towards the sea beach is a narrow road and will give a local flavour of Puri.
Puri is located approx. 68 km from the capital of Odisha Bhubaneswar which is well connected by Air & train from most of the cities of India.