August 4, 2022

Facts About Jagannath Temple in Puri

Here are some facts about the Jagannath temple located in puri as being is one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites in India, and is also well-known for the annual chariot festival or Rath Yatra(Jatra).

1. No planes, no birds fly above the temple

why do birds and planes not fly above the Jagannath temple of puri?

Facts About Jagannath Temple in Puri
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The air space above the puri Jagannath temple is declared as a no flying zone. Hence, flights are not flying over the temple. The reason for birds not flying is spiritual that is the temple looks like sudharshana chakra. Hence, not flying.

A surprising factor to know is that no birds fly above the temple. By contrast, such an aspect is a rarity at any other temple in India. Being a no-fly zone actually, which has not been declared by any state powers, but by some divine power. This phenomenon also apparently has no explanation. It still remains a mystery.

And as the contrary but most of the pigeon birds are inside the temple maybe it’s lord Jagannath’s grace which not allow the cowbird on the upfront of the Shree mondir.

2. An 1800-year-old ritual of patita paban bana & meal(specifically known as abhada)

patita bana images 2021
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Every day a priests climbs top of the temple dome, which is as tall as a 45 storey building, to change the flag known as (patita paban bana). This ritual has been followed since 1800 years. It is believed that if this ritual is ever missed, the temple will remain shut for the next 18 years.

Facts About the Jagannath Temple in Puri

3. Nabakalebara Festival Puri

Nabakalebara is a symbolic recreation of the wooden forms of three Hindu deities at Jagannath Temple, Puri. In the cult of Jagannath, the ritual is performed during the eighth, 12th, or 19th year after the previous Nabakalebara.

The Rath of Lord Jagannatha, Subhadra & BalaBhadra is made with wooden parts that take around 1-2 months before deva snan then gundicha which requires huge involvement of manpower to build the 3 raths.

4. The Cooking technique of Prasadam (abhada)

Pots are actually used to cook this special delicacy food meal using firewood. 100 pots are used for this and arranged in an order of a stack of pots placed one on top of another. Interesting to note here is that the contents of the topmost pot gets cooked first, followed by the bottom pots.

Cooking technique of Prasadam (abhada)

5. The Food Is Never inefficacious Here

In Hindu mythology, wasting food is considered a unplesant sign, the temple crew follows the same.  A total number of people visiting the temple varies between 4,000 to 4, 00,000 people every day and on occasions of gundicha it reaches more than 1 Million devotee’s. Miraculously, the Parsadam prepared every day is never wasted, not even a single bite. This may be an effective management or the Lord’s will the legacy that continues till present!

food at jagannath puri

The Sudarshan Chakra

Two mysteries exist on the top of the temple in the form of Sudarshan Chakra. The first revolved around the theory of how the hard metal weighed about a ton, just how it got up there without any machinery with the human power of that century.

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The second mystery is with the architectural technique related to the Chakra. Regardless of any direction you look, the Chakra looks back with the same appearance. It’s like it was designed to look just the same from every direction.

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