Heritage Tours in Jagannath Puri Posted November 21, 2014 by Ath Hospitality

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Heritage Tours in Jagannath Puri

Jagannath PuriThe Jagannath Temple Puri is a famous, sacredHindu temple dedicated to Jagannath and located on the eastern coast of India, at Puri in the state of Odisha. The nameJagannath comes from the word Jagat-Nath which means ‘Lord of the Universe’ (Jagat = world, Nath = Master/protector).

In Jagannath, the ‘t’ becomes an ‘n’ to mean lord (nath) of the universe.and also, the word “Jagannatha” is evolved from “Jagati” (Oriya: ଜଗତି) (as an elevated platform or “Ratnabedi” on which the wooden form of Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhadra are worshiped on or the temple ) and “Natha” (Oriya: ନାଥ) (means “Lord“).Even in the western language, there exists a word ‘juggernaut’ that means once a person or artifact gets going, it cannot be stopped, thrashing all that comes in its way.

The temple is an important pilgrimage destination for many Hindu traditions, particularly worshippers of Krishna and Vishnu, and part of the Char Dham pilgrimages that a Hindu is expected to make in one’s lifetime.

Even though most Hindu deities that are worshiped are made out of stone or metal, the image of Jagannath is wooden. Every twelve years these wooden figures are ceremoniously replaced by using sacred trees, that have to be carved as an exact replica. The reason behind this ceremonial tradition is the highly secret Navakalevara (‘New Body’ or ‘New Embodiment’) ceremony, an intricate set of rituals that accompany the renewal of the wooden statues.

The temple was built in the 12th century atop its ruins by the progenitor of the Eastern Ganga dynasty, King Anantavarman Chodaganga

Deva.The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra, or chariot festival, in which the three main temple deitiesare hauled on huge and elaborately decorated temple cars. Since medieval times, it is also associated with intense religious fervour.

The temple is sacred to the Vaishnava traditions and saint Ramananda who was closely associated with the temple. It is also of particular significance to the followers of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism whose founder, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was attracted to the deity, Jagannath, and lived in Puri for many years.

 

Culture has always been a major object of travel, as the development of the Grand Tour from the 16th century onwards attests. In the 20th century, some people have claimed, culture ceased to be the objective of tourism: tourism is now culture. Cultural attractions
play an important role in tourism at all levels, from the global highlights of world culture to attractions that underpin local identities.

Ath Hospitality is providing all your hospitality needs, we ensures your comfort, convenience and security in Jagannath Puri in India.

 

Heritage Tours in Jagannath Puri

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