10 Astonishing Facts About Jagannath Temple In Puri  

Ancient Origins: 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. 

Rath Yatra: The famous annual chariot festival attracts millions, where the deities ride ornate chariots. 

Kitchen Scale: The temple operates one of the largest kitchens globally, cooking for thousands daily.

No Shadow!: The main spire casts no shadow during the day, a unique phenomenon.

No Birds Above: Birds reportedly avoid flying directly over the temple.

Magnetic Pull: The main dome's iron content supposedly disrupts compass readings.

 Sudarshan Chakra: The temple's iconic wheel (chakra) atop the main spire is a symbol of protection.

Spiritual Equality: 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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