10 Astonishing Facts About Jagannath Temple In Puri
: Built in the 12th century, the temple is a revered Hindu pilgrimage site.
Deities of Jagannath
: The temple houses idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Goddess Subhadra.
Mystery of Idols
: The idols are carved from wood and replaced every 12-19 years in an elaborate ritual.
: The famous annual chariot festival attracts millions, where the deities ride ornate chariots.
: The temple operates one of the largest kitchens globally, cooking for thousands daily.
: The main spire casts no shadow during the day, a unique phenomenon.
No Birds Above
: Birds reportedly avoid flying directly over the temple.
: The main dome's iron content supposedly disrupts compass readings.
The temple's iconic wheel (chakra) atop the main spire is a symbol of protection.
: During the 'Anasara' period, the deities become invisible, emphasizing equality among devotees.
These facts make the Jagannath Temple a fascinating blend of history, spirituality, and intriguing phenomena.
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