Puri Jagannath Temple location takes us to Puri in Odisha. It is part of the sacred Char Dham Yatra that a Hindu must make during his lifetime. Puri is also popular among people as ‘Shri Kshetra’ which translates to ‘Area of God’. According to history, invaders even plundered the treasures of the temples during different time periods.
The significance of Puri Jagannath Temple
The temple is one of the most sacred Vaishnavite Pilgrimage sites. The temple is in dedication to Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra. Further, it has four areas – The Vimana (Sanctum), The Jagamohan (the Porch), Natamandir (Audience hall) and the Bhogamandap. The Vimana was once popular as the tallest structure in ancient India. On the walls, several murals depict the life of Lord Krishna.
A ritual unique to the Puri Jagannath temple is the Nabakalebara process. The selected Neem tree is fell, cut to size and an exact replica of the original idols are made out of it. Then people bury the old idols under a place which they call Koili Vaikuntha.
In ancient times, the puri jagannath temple was iconic in the way that it gave equal importance to Vaisnavism (devotees of Vishnu), Saktism (devotees of Bhadra / Kali Mata) as well as Saivism (devotees of Shiva). Lord Jagannath represents Lord Vishnu, Balabhadra is Lord Shiva while Subhadra represents Durga.