Puri’s famous Jagannath temple is a very important place for Hindu devotees. It is one of the Char Dham pilgrimages in India. It was built in the 12th century during the era of the Eastern Ganga dynasty’s King Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva. The temple is famous for the annual Ratha Yatra or Chariot festival.
This is a sacred place for Hindus, especially the Vaishnava traditions. Saints Adi Shankaracharya, Ramananda and Ramanuja were associated with the temple. All across the world millions of devotees come to this temple to seek blessings of Lord Jagannath throughout the year.
The famous temple has some mysteries which do not have any scientific explanation. The devotees believe the unexplained mysteries are blessings of Lord Jagannath. So, before you go through the facts of the temple you need to keep your scientific brain aside.
The flag on top of the Sikhara of the temple always floats in opposite direction of the wind.
An 1800 years old ritual
Everyday a priest climbs the dome of the temple which is as tall as a 45 story building and changes the flag. This ritual has been continuing since 1800 years. The ritual says if it is not changed any day, the temple must be shut for the next 18 years.
The Sudarshan Chakra
He Sudarshan Chakra, at the top of the temple, is 20 feet in height and weights a ton. The interesting thing is one can see the Chakra at any corner of the city of Puri. The installation of the Chakra is also interesting. It had done such a way that you can feel the Chakra is facing towards you irrespective of your position.
The installation of the Chakra
The engineering technique behind the installation is still a secret, how the Chakra was brought all the way and installed on the gopuram 2000 years ago.
The structure of the temple
The engineering structure of the temple was so unique that the shadow of the main dome cannot be observed at any time.
The direction of the wind
In any place on earth, the wind from sea comes to the land at the daytime and at the evening it blows from land towards the sea. But in Puri the opposite occurs.
No birds, no planes above the temple
Nothing flies above the temple. At any temple in India, birds fly and sit atop the temple except Puri’s Jagannath temple. This is really surprising.
2,000 to 20,000 devotees visiting the temple depending on the day but the quantity of the Prasadam cooked in the temple remains same throughout the year. None of the day it goes insufficient or wasted.
Prasadam cooking technique
The Prasadam is cooked in earthen pots on the firewoods. Exactly 7 pots are put on top of another. The mystery is the top most pot gets cooked first followed by the bottom pot in order.
There are four doors of the Jagannath temple. Singhadwaram is the main door to enter the temple. When you enter the first step of the Singhadwaram you cannot hear the sounds of the wave but when you turn and walk back in the same direction you can hear the wave sound. No sound can be heard until you come out of the temple.
It is still unknown is there any science behind the mysteries. But whatever it is, the Jagannath temple is always a holy and famous place for its devotees all over the world.