God-believing Hindu God-believers who have not visited the Jagannath Dham Puri temple have a latent desire for Chardham Darshan. If you can complete the journey, all the sins of your whole life will be washed away all-around India. Badrinath to the north, Jagannath Dham Puri temple to the south, and Dwarka to the west. It is said that God in Satya Yuga appeared as Sri Narayana at Vartanath in North India. Appeared as Sridwarkanatha in Dvapara Yuga Dham. In the Treta Yuga, Sri Ramchandra appeared in South India’s Rameshwar, and in the Kali Yuga, Lord Sri Jagannath appeared as a Vigraha in Sri Kshetra Puridham.
Puridham is the greatest among Chardhams, as the saying goes, Lord takes his daily bath in Badrinath Dham, He dresses in Dwarka Dham, He eats in Puridham and Lord sleeps in Rameshwar Dham. So Pura is Mahadham. The word Pura means a place of residence, one who lives in Puri Dham is called Purusha, Sri Jagannath is Param Purusha, hence Puridham is also known as Purushottam Kshetra, and Sri Jagannath is Purushottam. Puridham is known as the paradise of this dharani. According to Gaudiya Siddhanta, Puridham is endowed with the mediumship of Srimati Radharani. The geographical area of Puridham is like a conch shell, hence Puridham is known as Conch Field. Places near Puri are known as Bhubaneswar – Chakra Kshetra, Jajpur – Gada Kshetra, and Konark as Padma Kshetra.
It is not possible for everyone to visit all the shrines despite the desire due to financial reasons and distance. Puridham is one of the Chardhams. As easy as it is to go to this temple, no matter how crowded it is, the darshan of the devotees at the Lord’s Leela is also possible very easily. There seems no need to rehash the grandeur of this temple. In this article, we will only talk about the miracles and mysteries of the Jagannath temple in Puri. First, let me tell you about the nature of Puri’s air.
According to natural scientists, generally during the day, the wind comes from the sea toward the coast. And in the evening, the wind blows in the opposite direction, that is, from the coast to the sea. But in the case of Puri, the exact opposite happens. Winds blow from the coast to the sea in the morning, and from the sea to the coast in the evening. Natural scientists have not been able to give any reason for this to date.
The huge flag that hangs on top of the Jagannath Dham Puri temple always flies against the wind. Most temples or religious institutions have a nishan or flag on top called a huja. There is a similar flag on the top of the Puri temple. The flag on the top of the Puri temple has a few exceptional features. The Puri temple flag is hoisted every morning and taken down in the evening. The most surprising thing is that this flag is hoisted every day.
Changing the flag on the towering pinnacle of the vast temple is not done with the help of any device or machine. Without the help of any modern machinery, a temple servant climbed the wall to change the flag with only the blessings of Lord Jagannath with his bare hands. Storm, rain, and sun are never an exception to this rule for any natural reason. Supposedly, one day if there is an exception to this rule, the temple puja will be closed for the next 18 years. So, the hoisting of new flags is not stopped for any reason. Let me tell you a little more about this flag.
Jagannath temple in Puri’s Height of 214 feet. Those who lift the Dhvaja on this high peak of the temple are called Chunra Sevak or Garuda Sevak before they start their work with the blessings of Mother Vimala and Father Jagannath. These cow servants do not use any ladder or stairs to climb so high. However, it does not take more than twenty-five minutes to climb to the top of the temple, tie three flags on a fifteen-foot pole, circumambulate the holy peak once, and come down. How it can be done in such a short period of time is amazing. Take the old flag with you when you come down. Devotees yearn to get a piece of that dhvaja, the blessed prasad of Jagannath. This event is not magic or magic, everyone can see it by attending the temple on time.
Among the three flags, the top yellow flag is the largest. More than twelve cubits in length, and two cubits in breadth. The middle flag is red in color, similar in length to the yellow flag, but the lowest flag is much smaller. It is seven cubits long and only two cubits wide. Each flag has symbols of the moon and sun. As yellow is the favorite color of Balabhadra and Jagannathdev, devotees prefer to fly yellow flags.
On the other hand, the Sudarshan Chakra at the top of the Jagannath Dham Puri temple, no matter where you look from any part of Puri, it seems that the front of the Sudarshan Chakra is always towards the visitor. This handsome chakra is again called the blue chakra. It is made of eight metals (iron, copper, gold, zinc, brass, mercury, lead, and silver). The radius of the circle is 11 feet 8 inches. There are two rings within the chakra. An inner circle has a circumference of 6 feet and an outer circle has a circumference of 11 feet 8 inches. The two chakras are linked with the help of the eight chakras. Weight about 150 kilograms. There are surprises here too. How could such a heavy object be placed at a height of 214 feet? Because there were no cranes thousands of years ago.
Jagannath Dham Puri temple has one wonder after another. Sandhyadeep on Garuda pillar every Ekadashi After the evening, the garuda sevaks light a one-foot long-wide earthen lamp with two and a half kilos of ghee at the base of the Nilachakra at the top of the temple. This lamp is called Mahadeep. Mahadeep is lit with flint stones. The amazing thing is that despite being at such a height, the lamp does not go out in the wind and rain. This going off of the lamp portends very bad luck.
An accident happened for the first time in the history of the Puri temple. On March 19, 2020, a fire broke out in the Jagannath Temple’s flying dhvaja at around 9 pm. The name of this Dhvaja is Patitpavan. The whole of India was horrified when the fallen dhvaja caught fire on the blue circle on top of the temple.
The initial assumption is that every Ekadashi, lamps are offered in front of the large Sudarshan Chakra. There is a possibility of fire from the fire of that lamp. Although this has never happened in a thousand years. At a time when the whole country is panicking about the coronavirus, this is happening in the minds of many people. The question on everyone’s mind is, won’t something terrible happen? Because earlier in May 2019 at 8.35 in the morning, the fallen flag flew due to the sea storm Fani. The city of Puri and its surroundings were devastated by the sea storm. No bird or aircraft can fly and fly over the Lagnath temple in Puri. The shadow of the temple is invisible at any time of the day. That is, sunlight does not cast shadows on the Jagannath Dham Puri temple.
The most incredible feature of the Puri temple is the Prasad of Jagannathdev. An equal amount of Prasad is cooked throughout the year. But the same amount of prasad is distributed among the devotees who come to the temple. The number of devotees never falls short. Even though the number of devotees exceeds thousands and millions, all of them get Prasad of Mahaprabhu Jagannathdev. Another feature is that prasad never falls short and is never wasted that is, nothing remains after distribution to all.
The strange kitchen of Jagannath temple in Puri! A strange culinary sacrifice! The Jagannath temple kitchen in Puri is said to be the world’s strangest, oldest and largest kitchen. The cooking method here is also very amazing. Here’s a brief summary of why this kitchen is amazing;
This kitchen does not require any electricity, gas, or appliances to cook Jagannath Dev’s various delicacies. A number of oil lamps or lamps are hung on the open wooden hearth and under them, the servants come and complete the cooking. Cooking is so fast in this kitchen of Bhagavan that only one day’s preparation can seat around ten thousand people at once and get Prasad.
This kitchen is divided into 9 sections. Out of these two parts will be 2500 sqft and remaining 7 parts will be little smaller than these two. The kitchen has 752 earthen pots each measuring three square feet in length and about 4 feet in height. But what is strange is the matter of cooking, in Bhog cooking stoves nine pots are placed one on top of the other. Even if only the lower pot is on fire, the uppermost pot will cook first, strangely. A thousand servants are engaged in overall supervision of the kitchen. Among them are 500 servants only as assistants to cook in Chula.
No old pots are used to cook here, new pots are used every day, so one group makes pots with bare earth, and another group supplies them and takes them to the kitchen. But another strange thing here is that for cooking, the Ganges and Saraswati rivers (it’s a metaphorical, stone-bound water channel that transports water continuously throughout the day like a river) flow through the kitchen which is not visible from the outside, which is really strange!
Servants who serve in the kitchen start training from the age of 12. In this way, they perform the specific service received by lineage throughout their life ie till death. About 100 bhogs are cooked daily. These enjoyments are divided into two parts. One part is called pakka and the second part is called sukkah. Foods that are boiled like atap rice, dal, khichuri, and all kinds of vegetables are called pakka. On the other hand, the sukkah is called gaja, bara, sweets, and different types of pita. The most surprising thing is that all the fruits and vegetables that are served for Jagannathdev are only locally grown vegetables and fruits. Produce from any other region is not offered to Jagannathdev.
Chappannabhoga is offered for Jagannathdev and Goddess Lakshmi. This rule has been in place since the time the Jagannath temple was built. No other temple in the world offers this kind of chappannabhoga. Every day, at least 56 types of bhog are cooked in Jagannathdev’s amazing kitchen. All bhogs are distributed among poor, destitute people and devotees. That is why it is said that as Jagannath Dev himself loves to eat, he loves to feed his devotees. Don’t skimp on the cost either. So, the cost of daily food is more than 2 lakh rupees. Spending on special occasions is unbridled. Chappannabhoga is a scepter ceremony. Here is a list of the wondrous pleasures offered to Nitya Jagannathdeva—
1) Jagannathvallabh, 2) Kanika, 3) Dafeni, 4) Dhanuran, 5) Fena, 6) Khadi Kamra, 7) Barapuri, 8) Baranadi, 9) San Nadi, 10) Chandrakanti, 11) Hanskeli, 12) Kakra, 13) San Jhili, 14) Panwa, 15) Barajhili, 16) Bara, 17) Arifa, 18) Morichladdu, 19) Pag Aria, 20) Kakatua Jhini, 21) Tripuri, 22) Thiria, 23) Oragful, 24) Gaja , 25) Mendashingia, 26) Sarkampa, 27) Chattat Puri, 28) Saruch Kuli, 29) Nimki, 30) Magjanadu, 31) Khaja, 32) Dalimb, 33) Parijatak, 34) Sarmond, 35) Sarvaja, 36) Khoamanda, 37) Mawa, 38) Amrit Rasavali. . Vallabh, 51) Sevati Jheli, 52) Sar, 53) Enduri, 54) Sarpaguri, 55) Nariyakhudi, 56) Khand Manda, 57) Mahadei, 58) Bundyakhiri, 59) Pithapuli, 60) Srihastakora,
61) Jenamani, 62) Gurakhiria, 63) Mohanbhog, 64) Sarkakara, 65) Nunthurma, 66) Kalpuli, 67) Khoirchur 68) Laxmi Vilas, 61) Atkali, 70) Bolibamon (71) Chanchitka, 72) Chulia Chupra, 73) Last, 74) Tutir 75 ) Chewepitha, 76) Burnt pitha, 77) Butter, 78) Atarachamanda, 79) Sarpana, 80) Gaitha pitha, 81) Fena manda, 82) Malpoa, 83) Khaliruti, 84) Radhavallabhi Anna Bhog 85) Saru Anna, 86) Khechranna, 87) Rice, 88) Karma Bai Khichuri, 89) Sonathali Khichuri, 10) Nukhua Khichuri, 11) Bagra Rice, 92) Dadhi Pakhal, 93) Tova Pakhal, 94) Subas Pakhal, 95) Chili Water, 96) Mahur, 97) Basar, 98) Raita, 99) Shakar, 100) Shantala, 101) Kadal Bara, 102) Rahni, 103) Khatei, 104) Kanji, 105) Bhaja, 106) Dai Kadi, 107) Kanika Pushpanna and 108) Paramanna etc.
These pleasures are in turn offered for the daily worship of Lord Jagannath.
It should be noted here that things that are prohibited in the diet of Jagannath Dev are: 1) Boiled rice, 2) Round potatoes, 3) Onions, 4) Garlic, 5) White salt, 6) Ground plantain flour, 7) Millets, 8) Sugar, 9) Stalk, 10) Gourd, 11) Coppice, etc.
There is a story in the Puranas about fifty-six pleasures. That is; Shri Krishna was then Balgopal. He is the light of Vrindavan. At that time Indra Puja was prevalent among the people of Mathura. To teach the arrogant Indra, Lord Krishna told the people of Bandavan to worship Mount Govardhan instead of worshiping Indra. Indra was enraged at this.
As a result, heavy thunder and lightning rains started in Vrindavan. Village after village was swept away by the flood. Then Balgopal kept Govardhan mountain on his finger for 7 days. The people of Vrindavan took shelter at the foot of the Govardhan mountain at that time. This is how Balgopal Rupi Sri Krishna saved the lives of all the people of Vrindavan. After 7 days of realizing his crime, Indra came to Lord Krishna to apologize. Krishna asked him to stop the natural calamities first.
After this incident, all the people of Vrindavan organized a feast in gratitude to Lord Krishna, and their Lord Krishna was offered fifty-six padas. That is where the word ‘Chhappan Bhog’ comes from. However, there are different opinions on this matter.
In the year in which Asadha month is 32 days, Jagannath Dev’s kalebvar is changed. Balarama, Subhadra, Sudarshana, and Nilamadhav were re-formed along with Jagannath Dev. Neem trees with special symptoms were sought long ago to recreate deities. If suitable signs are found in the trees, then they are cut down and brought to the temple. The neem tree should have Lord Narayana’s conch, chakra, mace, and lotus symbols. Moreover, some Krishna Varna Daru is prescribed for Jagannathdeva, White Varna for Balarama, and Rakta Varna Daru for Subhadra.
The taste of liquor should not be bitter, it should be sour-sweet. If the plants have signs of bird nests or polyps, they should be removed first. The location should be at the junction of three rivers or three roads. No insect bite marks. Also, trees should be simply attractive and limited to three or five branches.
New idols are installed in place of old idols on specific days of idol installation and old idols are buried with care and devotion in a specific place in the temple. But before establishing the new Vigraha, the lifeblood of the old Vigraha is taken out and transferred to the new Vigraha. Jagannath Dev is reborn every twelve years. This process of making a new Vigraha is called reincarnation or Navkalevar of Jagannathdeva. Experts say that Jagannathdev himself informed the head priest where to get the neem tree for renovating the main temple. This type of rule is not seen in any other temple. This is the specialty of the Jagannath Dham Puri temple.
One of the great secrets of this temple is its towering wall, the Jagannath Temple of Puri is surrounded by a massive wall twenty-two feet high and six feet five inches wide. Perhaps no other temple in the world has such a wide wall. The name of this high wall is Meghnad. Jagannath Dham Puri Mandir’s technicians traveled all over India to collect advanced and fancy stones. These stones are soundproof, once the sea was very close to the Jagannath Dham Puri Temple.
This arrangement is to prevent the roar of the sea and any outside noise from reaching the ears of Jagannathdev, who is seated in the temple, and disrupting the worship of God. After entering the temple through any door, no outside noise is heard anymore. This is the specialty of this wall.
A story about this Meghnad wall is heard in the mouth of pandas. Once Jagannath Dev got into a fight with Lakshmi Devi for some reason. At that time, Lakshmidevi’s voice was slightly high-pitched. Jagannathdev heard his wife’s high-pitched voice and said in anger, just as the father’s (Samudradev’s) roar, so has the daughter’s. Vyasa, like sprinkling salt on a cut wound, Lakshmidevi also spluttered and said; Making arrangements so that Father’s roar does not enter Jagannath Dham Puri Temple. From today the roar of the Father will no longer enter this temple. Since then, no outside noise can be heard inside the Jagannath Dham Puri Temple.
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