The Sri Jagannath Temple at Puri, Odisha is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, the Preserver. It is an important pilgrimage for all Hindus, especially Vaishnavs, followers of Lord Vishnu. The temple of Jagannath is an integral part of the Char Dham, or the four divine sites. These lie in Puri, Badrinath, Rameshwaram and Dwarka.
The temple was built in the 12th century over a raised stone platform. At its highest point, over the inner sanctum, it is 65 meters high. This gives it a dramatic appearance as it stands tall over its surroundings.
Three deities, Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are revered and worshipped at the temple. Though traditionally Hindu idols are usually made from metal, here the idols are crafted from wood. Once a year the deities are brought out for the rath yatra, or chariot journey. This auspicious event is celebrated with great pomp and joy.Places nearby:
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