Jagannath Temple, Ranchi

The Jagannath Temple Ranchi

Ranchi is a historic town of Jharkhand. The  Jagannath Temple Ranchi is a religious landmark of the town. Jagannath Temple is located at 10 km from the main city. Built over a small hillock, you can get a beautiful view of the surroundings from the temple. If tourists are not able to climb the hilltop, they can use the optional vehicle route. The Jagannath Temple is located at the Dhurva region of Ranchi. There are two large water tanks located within the temple complex. Hence if you are tired after walking so many stairs, there is enough space to rest and water to quench your thirst. The  Jagannath Temple, Ranchi is very neat and clean, providing ample space to sit and relax in the soothing environment. There is no entry fee to the temple.

 Jagannath Temple, Ranchi

Jagannath Temple Ranchi History

Jagannath Temple is a historical spot of Ranchi.

  • The Jagannath Temple of Ranchi was built in 1691. It was built by king Thakur Ani Nath Shahdeo of Barkagarh. A marble slab outside the sanctum informs about the founder and the foundation year of the temple.
  • It is believed that the Jagannath Temple was constructed to revive the faith and belief of the tribal in Hindu religion. As during the 17th century, many people started leaving Hinduism, the believers of Hinduism started erecting temples like the Jagannath Temple to retain the identity of Hinduism.
  • The temple collapsed in 1990. The then Bihar government renovated the temple and now it has regained its lost glory.
  • The original shrine was built in the form of a fort.

Significance of the  Jagannath Temple, Ranchi

  • The Jagannath Temple Ranchi is almost a replica of the famous Jagannath Temple of Puri, Orissa. However, it is comparatively smaller in size than the Jagannath Temple of Puri.
  • Jagannatha, Balbhadra and Subhadra are worshiped at the temple. All the deities are engraved out of neem wood.
  • The temple is exquisite with intricate carvings. The temple is colourful with unique blend of colours. The interiors of the temple are in the form of a fort.
  • The Jagannath Temple Ranchi has been built in the Kalinga style of architecture. There is a tall sanctum within the temple. The temple also consists of a Jagamohana and Nata Mandir.
  • The temple is especially important for devotees belonging to the Vaishnavism cult. As per Hindu mythology, Lord Jagannath is considered to be the Lord of the Universe. The worship of Lord Jagannath and the foundation of the temple dates back to the glorious past of Vaishnavism and its founder, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The deities are not very simple here, without much jewellery and clothes.
  • The deity of Lord Hanumana is present inside the gates of the temple, symbolizing to be a guard of the Lord, while outside the temple you can find the statue of Garuda.

 Jagannath Temple, Ranchi Timings

The temple can be visited throughout the year. Tourists are suggested to visit the temple at dawn or dusk, as the surroundings look heavenly during sunrise and sunset. Summer is considered as the best time to visit the temple as the largest festival of the temple, Rath Yatra takes place at this time.

  • The Jagannath Temple of Ranchi is open on all the days.
  • It is open from 5 am to 12 pm and again from 3 pm to 6 pm.
  • The temple is closed at afternoon, from 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

 Jagannath Temple, Ranchi Food Timings

After worship of the deity, prasadam is served to the devotees. The prasadam is also delivered online by the temple committee, which you can receive 15- 45 days.

Dress Code at  Jagannath Temple Ranchi

  • There is no such dress code at the Jagannath Temple of Ranchi. But as per the standard of any Hindu temple of India, devotees are expected to be in covered dresses.
  • Devotees need to leave their footwear outside the temple.

Festivals celebrated at the  Jagannath Temple Ranchi

Jagannath Temple is the largest shrine of Ranchi. Hence numerous devotees gather here every day to offer their prayers to Lord Jagannath. Almost every day some or the other function takes place at the temple premises.

Rath Yatra: Rath Yatra, also known as the Car Festival, is the prime festival celebrated at the Jagannath Temple of Ranchi. The celebration takes place during the Hindu month of Asadh, on Ashad Shukla Dwitiya. This is the second day of the fortnight of Ashad, which generally occurs during June or July.

During the festival, the deities are brought to Mausi Bari, that is, the home of the aunt. Numerous people follow the journey pulling the ropes of the chariot. This is considered to be a pious act by the devotees. The deities are kept in Mausi Bari for six days. On the seventh day, the chariot returns to the Jagannath temple with the deities. The return journey is known as Ghurti Rath Yatra. Thousands of devotees folk here during the Rath Yatra as it is believed that Lord Jagannath opens His eyes during this time to bless the worshippers.

One of the prime attractions of the festival is that lot of tribal people gather at the annual fair. From folk song and dance to local handicrafts, the Ratha Yatra of Jagannath Temple of Ranchi is more than a religious festival. The annual fair is held for a week and is known as Jagannath Mela.

Kalash Sthapna: Before the main event of Ratha Yatra, events like Kalash Sthapna, Pran Prathistha and Bhandara take place at the temple complex. The eyes of the deities are also painted before Ratha Yatra.

Snan Yatra: This is another auspicious day that is celebrated with great pomp and show at the Jagannath Temple of Ranchi. The event generally occurs on the full moon, known as Purnima during the Hindu month of Jyeshtha, which is May or June. Lots of pilgrims gather at the temple to witness the holy event in which Lord Jagannath, Lord Balaram and Goddess Subhadra are bathed. In this festival each God is bathed with 51 pots (also known as kalash) of water.

Krishna Janmasthami: This is another important festival celebrated at the Jagannath temple. Lord Krishna is considered to be another incarnation of Lord Jagannath. The festival takes place during the Hindu month of Shravan, which is generally the month of August. The devotees fast till the worship proceedings complete in the evening.

Poojas and Rituals at  Jagannath Temple, Ranchi

The worship of Lord Jagannath at this temple is quite different from other Hindu temple. Here the priests are known as Panda. Devotees can bath in the river and then worship the deity.

  • The worship starts with offering flowers and food to Lord Jagannath. At afternoon, the deities are offered lunch, known as Bhog.
  • The evening aarti of the Jagannath Temple is serene.

How to reach: Road, Rail and Air

By Air: The nearest airport to the Jagannath temple is the Ranchi airport. The airport is located approximately at 5 km from the shrine. There are several flights from Kolkata, Patna and Delhi to Ranchi. The Ranchi airport is located at 7 km from the main city. The Kolkata international airport is the nearest international airport to the temple. Tourists can avail direct prepaid taxis from Kolkata airport to Ranchi.

By Train: The nearest railway station to the Jagannath Temple is the Hatia railway station. There are auto rickshaws and taxis available from the railway station that cab takes you to the temple.

By Road: The nearest taxi stand to the temple is Line Tank Rd, Deputy Para, Ahirtoli of Ranchi. Auto rickshaws are the common mode of transport within the city. There are several local buses that regularly ply from different parts of the city to the Jagannath Temple.

Hotels in Ranchi: Where to stay

Ranchi is the capital city of Jharkhand. The business hub of the state has both budget and premium accommodation for travellers.  Tourists generally refer the guests houses maintained by the Tourism Authority of Ranchi, due to the low prices. The Park Inn and Hotel the Raso are the nearest hotels to the Jagannath Temple, located just at 4.4 km. Hotel Palash Residency, Hotel Green Acres. Hotel Emerald, Hotel Jalsa Grand and Hotel Ranchi Ashok are the other options.

Where to eat

There are several eat outs located near the Jagannath Temple. Tourists can relish tasty food here. The Modern Bakery, Shri Krishna Restaurant, Flaves, Bindas Bavarchi Restaurant, Zero Mile Restaurant and Chinar Restaurant are some of the hygienic and popular eateries near the temple.

Nearby Temples

There are several other temples built near the Jagannath Temple Ranchi.

  • Mausi Bari: This is the nearest shrine to the Jagannath Temple. Lord Narayana and Goddess Lakshmi are the presiding deities of this temple. The Jagannath Temple lies at the background of Mausi Bari.
  • Pahari Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. You can get a glimpse of the Pahari Temple from the Jagannath Temple. This temple is also located on top of a hill, known as the Ranchi hill. It lies at a height of 2140 feet. It is believed that wishes get fulfilled here. Pilgrims gather here during the holy month of Shravan to offer water to the God.
  • Angrabadi Temple: The temple is situated at Khunti. Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Lord Rama, Sita Devi and Lord Hanumana are worshipped here.
  • Sun Temple: The Sun Temple is another attraction of the city. The temple is in the shape of a large vehicle which is driven by 7 horses and comes with 18 wheels. Devotees take a dip in the holy waters of the nearby pond and offer prayers to the Sun God.
  • Deori Temple: The Deori Temple is another ancient temple of Ranchi. This temple is dedicated to Solahbhuji Devi. This deity is an incarnation of Goddess Kali. The idol comes with 16 arms. The temple is made of sandstone. The walls and pillars of the shrine are colourful with paintings of Hindu gods and goddesses.
  • The Radha Ballabh Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and his consort, Radha. Holi and Janmasthami are the major festivals celebrated at this ancient shrine.

Besides worshipping at the Jagannath Temple, visitors can enjoy boating at the nearby river.

Maa Mangala

Kakatpur Mangala Temple: Important Pilgrimage for Shakti cult devotees

Maa Mangala Temple is located in Kakatpur in Puri in the Indian state of Orissa. Kakatpur is a small village in Puri District and is situated at a distance of 50 kms from Puri. There are large number of devotees who visit the temple each month. This temple is associated with Puri Lord Jagannath temple. During the renovation of the deities which is known as Navakalebara, the old deities are buried at a dedicated place in the Jagannath temple and the new idols are shaped for Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra. The idols are also made from a very sacred wood which is the Daru Brahma. Nobody knows from where to find the sacred wood to create the new idols, so as per the tradition the priests of Lord Jagannath temple come to Kakatpur Mangala to pray the Goddess to help them to find the sacred wood. The priests sleep in front of the Goddess with their face down and then Goddess Mangala come in their dream and tell the exact location of the three sacred trees for the three deities.

Maa Mangala Temple is built in typical Kalinga style and is a major pilgrimage for devotees of Shakti cult. Pilgrims frequently visit the temple seeking boons from Maa Mangala. Kakatpur Mangala Temple is also known as Sarba Mangala Mandir and it is one of the most celebrated shakti peeth in Puri. This temple is also sometimes called as the Bata Mangala Temple.

Maa Mangala

Maa Mangala Temple History

  • There is a famous story behind the evolution of the name of the deity as ‘Kakatpur’ Mangala and believed by the local people. Goddess Mangala kept herself hidden under the deep water of river Prachi. Once a boatman was sailing his boat across river Prachi. At that time the river was outpouring and flooded so he was unable to sail his boat to the middle of the river.
  • Goddess Mangala came in his dream and asked him to recover her from the water and to establish her in nearby Mangalapur village. The boatman dived into the water and able to find the deity from the bed of the river. Then as per the direction of the Goddess he established the figure of the deity in a temple in Mangalapur village.
  • After this the boatman saw a black crow dived into the water and did not come out of the water for hours and days, the crow detained inside the water of river Prachi exactly in the same place from where he recovered the figure of Goddess Mangala.
  • In Oriya language the word crow means ‘kaka’ and the word detain means ‘atka.’ Thus, the village is known as ‘Kakatpur’ and the goddess is named as Kakatpur Mangala.
  • That time i.e 500 years ago the then local Jamindar Roychudamoni family made the mandir at Kakatpur with all the Sebak arrangement. This Mandir was built by Panchanan Mitra (Roychudamoni) on 1548 AD. This goddess is very famous with all the qualities of peace, power, happiness, love, purity, knowledge & truth.

Significance of the Maa Mangala Temple

  • Pilgrims and devotees visiting the temple seek boons from Maa Mangala. There is a bed made of solid stone on which it is said Maa Mangala rests after touring the entire universe everyday. As if to attest to this, the bed looks worn out in just the same way it would if it were in use for centuries.
  • The ‘Bhaktas’ who really want to acquire knowledge on lord Jagannath and Goddess Maa Sarba Mangala must read the book which is written by Raghunandan Panda, Sebak of Maa Sarba Mangala. He was a teacher and belongs to Kakatpur. He has spent almost 25 years from his busy schedule in doing research on Kakatpur Mangala. He has shared all his experience in the form of his book which will enlighten the whole story. The book is available only in Kakatpur.

Maa Mangala Temple Timings

Maa Mangala Temple remains open on all days of the week. The timings of the temple are 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM in the morning and 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the evening. In case of special occasions or festivals, the timing might differ.

Maa Mangala Temple Rituals

Mangala is Arupa (formless) and has become Sarupa (took form). Throughout the year, and days the ‘Niti’ ‘Puja’ is being done in ritualistic manner. ‘Prasadams’ are available for the devotees. Many patients come to remain in “Dharana” in prostrate form to get themselves cured.

Festivals celebrated at the Maa Mangala Temple

Jhamu Yatra: Jhamu Yatra is the most popular festival of Goddess Mangala which falls on the first Tuesday of the Vaisakh every year. On this occasion devotees collect water from river Prachi and pray to get her blessings. Then with the mud pot, filled with water, on their shoulder, they are able to walk on the surface of burning fire spread on a long channel on bare feet. Due to their faith on Goddess Mangala and her blessings on them, the devotee are unhurt and uninjured while performing such a risky custom. Every year thousands of devotees come to Kakatpur to celebrate the Jhamu festival.

Maa Mangala Temple has a close relation with Lord Jagannath Temple of Puri during the Navakalebara (Renovation of the Deities) festival. The new idols are created from a sacred wood known as “Daru”. As per the tradition the priests of Lord Jagannath temple come to Kakatpur Mangala to pray the Goddess to help them to find the sacred wood. The priests visit the goddess and offer her the things brought for the Banajaga Yatra and then Goddess at night shows the direction of the sacred wood or daru in their dreams. This custom has been performed from years together without any deviation. This shows the power and energy of Goddess Mangala and her blessings for her devotees.

Dhanu Yatra: It is a popular drama festival held at Bargarh of Western Odisha. The play is the enactment of the story of Lord Krishna and his demon uncle King Kansa. It features the Lord’s visiting Mathura for witnessing the ceremony of “Bow” or “Dhanu” organized by evil Kansa. The play continues for 7 to 11 days and attracts large number of viewers. Dhanu Yatra is celebrated for eleven days of the month from the 5th day of the bright fortnight till the full moon day.  The festive mood of people made them enact the victory of Lord Krishna, the embodiment of truth, justice and righteousness over Kansa who personifies arrogance and wickedness. The epic play was just a symbolic representation of Indians victory over unfair British rule.

How to reach: Road, Rail and Air

By Air: Nearest airport from this temple is the Bhubaneshwar airport which is 65 Km from this place. Bhubaneswar is connected by air with flights to major Indian cities like New Delhi, Calcutta, Visakhapatnam, Ranchi, Chennai and Mumbai etc. All major domestic airlines like Air Deccan, Jetlite, Kingfisher, Indian Airlines have daily flights to/from Bhubaneswar. The nearest International Airport is at Calcutta (Kolkata).

Travellers flying from Europe or America (east): The best way to reach Puri is to fly either to Calcutta (Kolkata), Mumbai (Bombay) or Delhi and then fly to Bhubaneshwar. Travellers flying from Australia or California could fly directly to Chennai (Madras) or Calcutta (Kolkata) and then fly to Bhubaneshwar.

By Rail: Puri is the nearest railway station from the temple. Puri is a terminus on the East Coast Railway having direct express and super fast train links with New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Okha, Ahmedabad, Tirupati etc. Some important trains are Kolkata (Howrah) Puri Howrah Express, Jagannath Express; New Delhi; Purushottam Express. Khurda Road Station, 44 km, from Puri is convenient rail head for train to Chennai and Western India.

Some of the important trains from New Delhi

1) Purshottam Express Leaves New Delhi on Day 1 and arrives at Puri on Day 3 (the distance is about 1866 kms) journey Time approx 31 hours.

2) Puri Express Leaves New Delhi on Day 1 and arrives at Puri on Day 2 (the distance is about 1794 kms) journey Time approx 30 hours.

3) Neelachal Express Leaves New Delhi on Day 1 and arrives at Puri on Day 2 (the distance is about 1910 kms) journey Time approx 35 hours.

By Road:  Kakatpur Mangala Temple is 50 Km from Puri. The bus stand near the Gundicha Temple provides connections to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, service every 10-15 minutes. Minibuses to Konark leave every 20-30 minutes and also from Jatiababa Chhak. There are direct buses for Kolkata and Visakhapatnam. Puri is linked with Bhubaneswar by state highway no.8 and Bhubaneshwar is situated along the National Highway no.5 connecting Chennai and Kolkata. The best way to go from Bhubaneswar to Puri is on one of the State Govt. buses, mini buses and tourist buses leaving from Bhubaneswar main bus stand.

Where to stay

There are many good hotels and resorts available near Maa Mangala Temple for the accommodation.

  • Lotus Resort: Near Ramachandi Temple,Konark-Puri Marine Drive Road, 752111 – Konark
  • Sun Temple Hotel: Near Bus Stand, Konark, 752111 – Konark
  • The Pearl: River Side Retreat Puri konark Marine Dr Rd, 752002
  • Nature Camp Konark Retreat: Khalakata Patna, Ramchand
  • Marwadi Hotel and Lodge: Konark, konark marine drive puri
  • Surya Inn: Near Canara Bank, Near Canara Bank
  • Lotus resort Ramchand Beach: Konark Puri Marine Drive
  • OYO Homes Konark Sun Temple: Near Sun Temple

Where to eat

There are numbers of local dhabas (food-joints) serving vegetarian and non-vegetarians food. Apart from relishing the local delicacies, fish fry prepared in Bengali-style is highly suggested. Apart of Indian cuisines, continental and chinese dishes are also available at an affordable rate.

  • Santi Restaurant: Shanti Restaurant & Bar, Unit-2, Ashok Nagar, Bhubaneshwar
  • Sun Temple Restaurant: SH 13, Khelar, Orissa
  • Madhuban: Toshali Sands Ethnic Village Resort, Konark Marine Drive
  • Peace Restaurant: Chakratirtha Road, Puri, Odisha
  • Bamboo: C T Road, Puri, Odisha, 752002
  • The Gajapati: Chakratirtha Road, Puri, Odisha
  • Wildgrass Restaurant: VIP Rd, Puri, Odisha 752001
  • Chung Wah Restaurant: VIP Road, Puri, Odisha, 752001

Nearby Temples

Shri Jagannath Temple: The origin of the sacred shrine of Jagannath goes back to the pre-Vedic period and Purusottam Kshetra, the sacred abode of Sri Jagannath, has been described in various Sanskrit works, such as the ‘Padma Parana’, ‘Narada Purana’, ‘Matsya Parana’, etc. There is a  monumental and magnificent Shrine at Shri Purusottam-Kshetra (Puri, Orissa) one of the four major Dhamas of India. The cult of Jagannath came to be regarded as the religion of masses ‘Gana Dharma’. That means Jagannath cult is a unique cult. Indian culture has reached its culmination in the unique culture of Lord Jagannath. It is more than a cult — an all-embracing synthesis of cults. It has combined diverse faiths, cultures, creeds and ideologies.  He is also known as Jagabandhu. He is the friend, philosopher, guide and the anchor of the purest thoughts of the people of the entire Universe.

Shree Lokanath Temple: Lokanath Temple is ranked next to Shri Jagannath Temple.  This  temple  is  at  a  distance of  about  two  kilometers to  the  west  of  the  Shri Jagannath Temple. Lord  “Siva”  and  “Mata  Parvati”  are  the  main  deities of  the  temple. The unique feature is that the shivalinga is always under water which substantiates the legend that Goddess Ganga flows through the top of the shivalinga as a stream.  Lord   Rama constructed    the temple in “Tretaya Yuga”.

Konark Sun Temple: Konark is one of the well known tourist attractions of Orissa. Konark houses a colossal temple dedicated to the Sun God. Konark is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India from the spiritual standpoint and boasts of one of the best known architectural specimen. The tourists coming to Konark also visit the Chandrabhaga Beach, one of the most exotic beaches in Odisha. The konark city is also known world over for its fairs and festivals. Millions of devotees gather here to take a holy dip in this river on the occasion as this dip is believed to be a sure cure for all illnesses.

Panchalingeshwar Temple: Panchalingeswar Temple is situated on the hilltop of the Eastern Ghats in Panchalingeshwar, Nilagiri, Baleswar district. It’s a beautiful place for picnic, darshan of Shiva Linga and breath some fresh air from the real nature.  The five round “Shiva Linga” are worshipped as Panchalingeswar (Pancha means five in Odia).

Jagannath Temple

Jagannath Temple, Hauz Khas

Lord Jagannath, the God of the universe who symbolizes universal love is worshiped in the Jagannath Temple along with Balabhadra, Subhadra, Sudarshan, Madhaba, Sridevi and Bhudevi on the Ratnabedi or the bejewelled platform. The deities of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Chakra Sudarshan are made of margosa wood.  The Jagannath temple at Hauz Khas is a centre of cultural conglomeration for Oriya community residing in Delhi.

Sree Neelachala Seva Sangh had established the temple in Hauz Khas in 1969 after procuring land from the Delhi Development Authority. The then Orissa Government had donated one lakh rupees for the temple. The mandir is centrally located in front of Thyagraj Nagar indoor stadium a kilometre away from INA Metro Station, adjacent to Safdarjung Bus Terminal and Lodi Colony Ring Railway station.

Jagannath Temple has been built according to the Odisha style of temple structure in the same design as of Shri Mandir in Puri. There is a Simhadwar at the front of the temple with 22 steps called “Baishi pahacha” that lead to Mukhashala. Chuturdha Deities (Shri Jagannath, Shri Balabhadra, Maa Subhadara and Shri Sudarshan) which are installed inside Garbhagriha of the Mandir.  In the same floor of the Mandir, other Deities, namely, Lord Shiva, Navagraha, at the East, Lord Hanuman at South West, Maa Bimala at North West and Maa Laxmi at North East are installed inside Their respective temples are separately built around the main Mandir of Lord Jagannath. In front of Mukha shala, there is a pillar called “Aruna stambha” built in marble stone facing the Chaturdha Deities. It is a tradition that before entering the main temple each devotee should touch/embrace Aruna stambha.

The Deities of many other gods and goddesses like Shri Baraha, Shri Narasimha, and Shri Bamana etc. have been engraved outside the structure of the main temple.This temple also serves as a centre of cultural, religious and spiritual interests of Oriyas in Delhi. The Lord’s Yatra began first in 1979 after the temple was built. This Mandir is managed by a Society called Shri Jagannath Mandir and Odisha Arts & Cultural  Centre, New Delhi (Regd.) under the Society of Registration Act, 1860 in the year 1968. Several charitable organizations are run by the society. The temple is mainly run by the donations of the devotees and other bhakts.


Jagannath Temple History

  • Several legendary accounts found in the Skanda-Purana, Brahma Purana and other Puranas and later Oriya works suggest that LordJagannath was originally worshipped as Lord Neela Madhaba by a Savar king (tribal chief) named Viswavasu.
  • Hearing about the deity, King Indradyumnasent a Brahmin priest, Vidyapati to look for the deity, who was worshipped secretly in a dense forest by Viswavasu. After many failed attempts, he managed to marry Viswavasu’s daughter Lalita.
  • After many requests of Vidyapti, Viswavasu finally took his son-in-law blind folded to a cave where Lord Neela Madhaba was worshipped by him.
  • Vidyapati intelligently dropped mustard seeds on the ground on the way. The seeds germinated after a few days, which enabled him to find out the cave later on.
  • On hearing from him, KingIndradyumna proceeded immediately to Odra Desha (Odisha) on a pilgrimage to see and worship the Deity. But the deity had disappeared in the mean time. The king was extremely disappointed at this failure. The Deity was hidden in the sand.
  • The king was determined not to return without having a darshan of the deity and observed fast unto death at Mount Neela, then a celestial voice cried ‘thou shalt see him.’ Afterwards, the king performed a horse sacrifice and built a magnificent temple for Vishnu.
  • SriNarasimha Murti brought by Narada was installed in the temple. During sleep, the king had a vision of Lord  Also, an astral voice directed him to receive the fragrant tree on the seashore and make idols out of it.
  • Accordingly, the king got the image of LordJagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Chakra Sudarshan made out of the wood of the divine tree and installed them in the temple.

Significance of the Jagannath Temple

The Jagannath Temple at Hauz Khas was built by the working class Oriya community in replication to the Puri temple. Jagannath, the God of the Universe is believed to be the fulfiller of one’s wishes. It is said that his blessings can make or mar a man. The person who gets to see his idol in his lifetime is considered to be lucky or punyavan.

Jagannath Temple Timings

Summer Timings: The Pahad opens at 5:00 am in the morning everyday. The morning poojas and other rituals are carried out. After the Prasad Vitaran, the Pahad reopens at 12:30 pm and closes at 10:00 pm.

Winter Timings: The Pahad opens at 6:00 am in the morning everyday. The morning poojas and other rituals are carried out. After the Prasad Vitaran, the Pahad reopens at 1:00 pm and closes at 9:00 pm.

Dress Code at Jagannath Temple

It is advisable to wear decent pieces of apparel when entering the temple. Ladies should be in traditional attire of sari, lehenga choli or salwar kameez. Leather items are not allowed inside the sanctum. People should leave their footwear behind while entering the temple.

Festivals Celebrated at the Jagannath Temple

Almost all Hindu festivals and certain festivals specific to the Oriya community are celebrated at the temple. The most important festival, however, is the Rath Yatra.

Rath Yatra: Rath Yatra is a Hindu festival associated with the god Jagannath which is held at the Jagannath Temple every year. It is the replication of the festival which happens at the same time in Puri.  This annual festival is celebrated on Ashadha Shukla Dwitiya (second day of the bright fortnight of Ashadha month) which coincides with the months of June-July. Rath Yatra translates into ‘The Chariot Journey’ in English. Over the period, the idols of Sri Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are placed in wooden chariots which are constructed over a period of time by skilled craftsmen and the chariots are carried across the streets which are strewn with flowers and grains by the devotees. They are carried for a couple of kilometers and they are brought back to their original place after the journey. It’s a visual treat to see thousands of devotees gathering on the streets and helping in sharing the burden of the chariots of the gods.

The other festivals celebrated at the Jagannath Temple are:

  1. Maha Vishuba Pana Sankranti / Hanuman Jayanti
  2. Shri Rama Navami
  3. Basantika Dushhara
  4. Ravinarayan Brata
  5. Chaitra Purnima
  6. Akshay Trutiya / Ratha Anukula
  7. Harishayana Ekadashi / Sunabesha
  8. Guru Purnima
  9. Shrikrishna Janmasthami
  10. Ganesh Chaturthi
  11. Navadinatmaka Puja Arambh
  12. Pithe Mahasthami Puja
  13. Pithe Maha Navami Puja
  14. Pithe Dushahera
  15. Dipawali
  16. Devabhisheka
  17. Makara Sankranti
  18. Saraswati Puja
  19. Holi

Poojas and Rituals at Jagannath Temple

  1. Mangal Aarti
  2. Abkash
  3. Balya Bhog
  4. Mandir Rosoi Ghar Hawan
  5. Surya Pooja
  6. Dwarpal Hawan
  7. Garud Pooja
  8. Snana, Sringar and Sohala Upchar Pooja
  9. Gopal Ballabh, Aarti and Pushpanjalee
  10. Gita Paath
  11.  Vishnu Sahashranam Paath
  12. Bada Bhog
  13. Aarti
  14. Pana Bhog
  15. Veda Paath
  16. Sri Bhagwat Paath
  17. Strotra Paath
  18. Sainkaleen Pooja
  19. Sandhaya Aarti
  20. Bhajan and Kirtan
  21. Shayan Aarti
  22. Bhada Bhog
  23. Geet Govinda Paath

How to Reach

  • By Road: Hauz Khas is one of the busiest suburbs of Delhi NCR. It is well connected by a network of roads, metros, and rail. The temple is well connected by bus and the Delhi Metro services. Besides, one can also rent a car or auto-rickshaw from anywhere and reach here. Delhi Transport Department has added morebuses to its fleet. Several new and old buses are in service which will take you to the Jagannath Temple Terminuses such as Kashmere Gate, Sarai Kale Khan, and Anand Vihar are located nearby which leads to various important places in the city.
  • By Rail: Many metro trains in New Delhi passes through Hauz Khas suburb. Whether one is coming from Noida, Gurgaon, India Gate, and the Airport or from the Delhi University area, they will find ample metro trains to reach the destination. Hauz Khas metro station is the nearest metro station to Jagannath Mandir, Delhi.
  • By Air: Delhi is well connected with domestic and international flights, to all the major cities within and outside India. Almost all the major airlines have their flights operating from Indira Gandhi International Airport of New Delhi. Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is connected to all the important cities of the world with almost all the major international airlines operating from here.

Where to stay

The temple comes under a non-governmental organization and is handled by a large association who are appointed as members of the temple. The members look after all the administration processes and ensure proper flow of all the work. In order to accommodate tourist who visit here from various locations across the country. A Huge amount of people come to worship at Puri Jagannath after travelling for days. After a long journey, they wish to find a place to lie down and relax. Therefore, accommodation facilities have been provided to handle many people nearby the temple. Every day, the temple is cleaned for hygiene maintenance and the costumes of all the deities are changed along with ornaments. Apart from fine architecture, the temple overlooks bustling surroundings. The temple owns a self-run Dharamshala with up-to-date facilities. Rooms are available only on prior booking. AC rooms and Non-AC rooms are available for accommodation. Inmates can even avail the Prasad Sevan facility which is provided at affordable rates. Hauj Khas has several other 3 star and 5-star hotels catering to the needs of the visiting devotees.

Where to eat

Annaprasad is distributed everyday with prior booking. The meals are available at affordable prices both in the daytime and the night. Devotees generally eat at the temple. On a daily basis about 300-400 devotees/visitors take Anna Prasad at the Prasad Hall of the temple. Many restaurants are also available in the proximity.

Nearby Temples

  • Kalkaji Mandir – Kalkaji Mandir is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Hindu Goddess Kali. This temple is located in the southern part of Delhi, India, in Kalkaji, a locality which has derived its name from this famous temple and is located right opposite to the Nehru Place business centre. The temple is easily commutable by all forms of public transport. The belief surrounding the temple is that the image of the Goddess Kalka or Kali, here is a self-manifested one, and the shrine dates back to Satya Yuga when the Goddess Kalika had incarnated and killed the demon Raktabija along with other giant demons.
  • ISCKON Temple– Generally known as the ISKCON Delhi temple, is a well known Vaishnav temple of Lord Krishna and Radharani in the form of Radha Parthasarathi. Opened in 1998, it is located at Hare Krishna Hills, in the East of Kailash area of New Delhi, India. It is one of the top tourist places in Delhi to visit
  • Lotus Temple- TheLotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Bahá’í House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city. The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles.