Jagannath Temple

From: India Travel GuideEast Coast And The Bay Of Bengal

See also: Konark Sun Temple

Jagannath Temple, India
The Jagannath Temple was built in the 11th century CE by King Ananta Varman Chodaganga and is a well known Hindu Temple that is dedicated to Hindu god Jagannath.

The temple is a vast complex and covers an area of around 37000 meters square and has a high wall is surrounding it. The main temple stands tall on a raised stone platform and contains four main halls, one is the food hall, the music hall, the gathering hall and the main shrine of the deities. There are also around 120 further shrines and temples housed inside the complex.

There are four entrances to the temple the main one is called the Lions gate or Singhadwara and it has two statues of lions guarding the entrance, the other three entrances are called Hathidwara and has the statues of two elephants on guard, the Vyaghradwara has two Tiger statues guarding the gate and Ashwadwara has two horse statues guarding the entrance gate.

Attraction Location Guide
The Jagannath Temple is located in Puri, in the state of Orissa in the east of India.

Every June there is the Chariot Festival which is also known as the Rath Yatra, in which three chariots carrying the idols of Jagannath, Balarama and Subhadra parade along the Grand Avenue known as Bada Danda to the final destination of Gundicha Temple where the idols remain for seven days before making the journey back to the Jagannath Temple.

The temple is an important pilgrimage site and sees many Hindu pilgrims visiting it, however it is only accessible to Hindu's of Indian origin.