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This Rath Yatra, Know The Astonishing History of The Puri Jagannath Temple!

  • Posted on June 21, 2023
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Rath Yatra and The Puri Jagannath Temple



Have you heard of the prohibited flying zone over the Jagannath Puri Temple? If not, gear up to discover the historic and mysterious world of the Puri Jagannath Temple. Puri lies near the seacoast of the Bay of Bengal in Odisha. It's known to the world for the highly popular and admired Puri Jagannath Temple and the magnificent Rath Yatra. This is also the particular reason behind Puri being known as Jagannath Puri. The megacity is 60 kilometers from the capital of the state, Bhubaneswar.


Rath Yatra and The Puri Jagannath Temple

The Puri Jagannath temple is one among the 4 Dhams in India. The periodic Rath

Yatra, or chariot jubilee’s massive procession begins from the Puri Jagannath temple. The idol worshiped in the temple is made of wood and replaced every 12 or 19 times by a replica, in contrast to the way other Hindu idols are made with metal or stone.


The temple was restructured by the Ganga dynasty king Anantavarman Chodaganga in the 12th century
Jagannath Puri Temple is one of the most revered Vaishnava sites of worship across the country. (Photo credit: Wikimedia commons)

History of the Puri Jagannath Temple

The temple was restructured by the Ganga dynasty king Anantavarman Chodaganga in the 12th century, as can be inferred from the Kendupatna copper inscription.


In 1692, Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb ordered the shutdown of the Puri Jagannath temple until he ordered it to reopen. It was opened again for worship only after Aurangzeb,the last Mughal emperor, died in 1707. The Maratha and the British assumed control of the Temple complex in 1751 and 1803 independently.


The Puri Jagannath temple is one among the 4 Dhams in India. The periodic Rath
Rath Yatra and The Puri Jagannath Temple

In 1809 the British East India Company officially returned the charge of the Temple to the Rajas who would retain control till British power itself was pulled from India. In 1975, the Archeological Survey of India crafted a plan to remove the multiple layers of lime on the temple to uncover the original designs beneath. The conservation plan has lasted for 2 decades now.


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