The Puri Jagannath Temple History:
Puri Jagannath Temple is one of the holiest ‘Char Dham’ pilgrimage destination out of four Dhams. It’s a temple of the triad deities Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and Sister Subhadra. Let’s know some amazing unknown facts about the temples. Read this post to know all the temple history and many unknown facts.
Also, know the Darshan timing of Puri Jagannath temple.
1) The Flag on top of the temple is always floating in opposite direction of the wind
The flag is flying not in the direction of the wind, it flys opposite to it. The flag that flies atop the Jagannath temple Puri turns the direction of the wind and flies against it.
2) The Sudarshan Chakra (Nila Chakra) looks just the same in every direction
The interesting thing of the Nila Chakra is Engineering technique behind the installation in such a way that you can feel the Chakra is facing towards you irrespective of your position.
Another fact is: The Sudarshan Chakra standing at the top of the temple is 20 feet in height and weights a ton. How The chakra was brought up and installed on the gopuram 2000 years ago without any machinery.
3) The mysterious quantity of Prasad produced, consumed & The reverse Cooking
Kitchen of the Jagannath Temple Puri is considered to be the biggest and largest kitchen in the world. The interesting facts about Sri Jagannath Temple that, the same quantity of food is cooked every day in the kitchen, throughout the year. None of the day it goes insufficient or wasted.
The reverse Cooking: The prasad is cooked in pots using firewood. Exactly 7 pots are put one on top of another. Surprisingly, the topmost pot is cooked first followed by the bottom pots in order
4) No shadow
The temple is constructed in such a unique way that the shadow of the main dome of the temple is not visible, whatever be the time of the day.
5) Nothing flies over the Jagannath temple. Even Flight [A Natural No-Fly Zone]
Nothing flies over the Jagannath temple. Even Flight but no birds too have ever been observed taking a flight over the temple. This unnatural cause cannot be explained by science. So it’s called a Natural No-Fly Zone.
History of Temple :
According to mythology, Long ago, there was a Malva king named Indrayumna, son of Bharat and Sunanda. He was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Once the king dreamt of Nilamadhava, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was eager to worship Nilamadhav, So he sent his representatives to search of Nilamadhav. After some days all the representatives were returned unsuccessfully except one brahmin Priest Vidyapati. He started searching everywhere in East of India. Finding such a way he reached to Odisha. There he comes to know about Savar King Viswavasu who has worshiped Nilamadhav hidingly. Then he planned to stay there for same days. Eventually, he married Lalita, the daughter of Savar King Viswavasu. Lalita had been told by her father not to tell anyone regarding Nilamadhava but she breaks the order & told about the deity. After a repeated request of Vidyapati, Viswavasu agreed to show the deity to his son-in-law. He took him blindfolded to a cave where Nilamadhav was worshipped. To know the path, Vidyapati took some mustard seed in a cloth and make a hole in that cloth. Seeds are falling down slowly from the cloth on the way. The seeds are grown in small plants after a few days, which guide him to find out the cave later on. He informed King Indradyumna about Nilamadhav. Then the king proceeded immediately to see and worship the Deity. In the meantime, when Visvavasu offers food the deity, suddenly the Lord spoke to him and said, “I have accepted simple forest Fruits, roots and flower offered by you for many days. Now I desire the royal worship offered by King Indradyumna and other devotees. When The king reached there, he was disappointed by the sudden disappearance of the Deity. Then during sleep, the king had a vision of Lord Jagannath & also, ancestral voice directed him to receive the fragrant Daru-brahman (Nilamadhav in a wooden form with marks of a conch, club, disc, and lotus on it). The King arranged best sculptors to make idols out of it. But they all are failed, then lord Vishwakarma himself appear as an old artist named Ananta Maharana. He has a condition that no one will open the door till 21 days. Then he started his work behind the closed doors. After 14 days passed, the queen could not hear any sounds from inside. On request of the queen, The king opened the door of the temple by force. The old sculptor was disappeared, he saw unfinished Murtis of Lord Jagannath, Subhadra, and Lord Balarama. Their fingers and toes are not completed. Thinking himself a great offender the king decided to give up his life. Again Lord Jagannath appeared to him in a dream and instructed him to install the Murtis of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Chakra Sudarshan as it is in the temple, as Daru-brahman.