Different Names of Lord jagannatha

“Jagannath” is a compound word, consisting of “Jagan” and “Nath”. The word nath means “Master, Lord” (nātha) while jagan or “jagat means the “universe”. Thus, Jagannath means “lord of the universe”. In the Odia language, “Jagannath” is linked to other names, such as “Jagā” (ଜଗା) or “Jagabandhu” (ଜଗବନ୍ଧୁ) (“Friend of the Universe”). Both names derive …

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Daily Rituals of Lord Jagannatha

Author: Bhagaban Mahapatra Credit: This Article was First Published in June-2009 Issue of odisha Review The daily rituals of Lord Jagannath performed in the temple are popularly known as nitis, which signifies a particular religious rite. The religious rites are performed by the particular sevakas. For the performance of various rituals in the temple, a …

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Shree Mandir

The Jagannath Temple of Puri is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a form of Vishnu , located on the eastern coast of India, at Puri in the state of Odisha. The temple is an important pilgrimage destination and one of the four great ‘Char Dham’ pilgrimage sites, found at India’s four cardinal …

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Origin and development of the Cult of Jagannath

The cult of Jagannath is stated to be of tribal origin. It is difficult to determine whether this tribal origin of God Jagannath is pre-Vedic or not. As per the depiction of Sarala’s Mahabharata, God Krishna, killed by the arrow of Jara Savara, was not burnt in wood fully after his death. As per the order of the divine voice, Arjuna and Jara threw the half-burnt body into the sea and that body was, later on, worshipped by Jara in the Dhauli hill at Bhubaneswar.