The Jagannath shrine of lord Jagannath is one of the four holy dhams attracting pilgrims who visit to spend 3days and 3 nights here which is considered particularly auspicious. The present structure was founded in the 12th century by the Ganga King Chodagangadev and completed by another Kin g of the same dynasty. The temple stands on an 8m elevated mound known as Nila Parvata and has four gateways.
The elegant stone column (8m) at the gate topped with the figure of Aruna, Charioteer of Surya, was brought here from the sun temple of konark in the 18th century, There is a strong wall around the inner temple known as the Meghanad Prachir which has four gates. Guarded by two massive stone lions, The entrance is known as Simha Dwar (the lion gate) and is used during the Rath horseback, tigers entrances in South, West and North respectively.
The original temple built in Kalinga style, consisted of a deul or the sanctuary (also called bimana) in which deities of Lord Jagannath , his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra were installed and the Jagamohana or the porch (also called mukhashala). The other two, the natamandir 9dance hall) and bhoga mandir (hall of offering ) were added in the 15th and the 16th century.These four have another walll surrounding them, known as the Kurma Prachir (Tortoise Wall) pierced by six gates.
Within is another concentric wall inside which stands the tallest surviving shrine in Orissa,65 m high, topped by a long scarlet pennant and the eight spooked wheel (chakra) of Vishnu. On the higher ground in the enclosure are many deities and placesw connected with the lord, total of about 30 small shrines. Pilgrims are supposed to visit at least three of these smaller shrines before entering the main temple.
To the left of the main entrance is the temple kitchen where 56 varieties of food is prepared daily to offer to deities 5 times in a day as bhogas and then distributed as Bazaar to thousands. At festival times as many as 2,50,000 can be served daily. The pilgrims go for a holy dip in the four sacred tanks of which Narendra Tank is particularly revered since the deities are symbolically bathed there during Snana Yatra.
Day 01:- Bhubaneswar Sightseeing-Lingaraj Temple- Khandagiri & Udaigiri Caves
Depart from Delhi to Bhubaneswar by Morning flight on 24th September 2015. On arrival pick up from Biju Pattanaik Bhubaneswar Airport, Check in at Hotel after fresh up start Bhubaneswar city sightseeing visit to city temples Lingaraj Temple(non Hindus are not allowed) , Rajarani Temple,Parsurameswar Temple, Mukteswar Temple,Evening go to Khandagiri & Udaigiri caves meant for Jaina monastry dated 1st Century BC, Iskon Temple, Ram Mandir, Ekamra haat(To take home orissan Handicraft and handloom products).Overnight stay at Hotel at Bhubaneswar.
Day 02:-Dhauli-Pipli-Konark Sun Temple-Chandrabhaga Beach-Jagan Nath Puri Darshan
After breakfast drive to Puri. on the way go to Dhauli ( Peace Pagoda ) , Pipli ( applique village).& drive to Konark to visit the Sun Temple which is a World Heritage monument. Enroute visit to Ramchandi Temple & Chandrabhaga beach arive at Puri.Check in at Hotel.Evening visit to Jagannath temple Darshan,Arti & puja (non Hindus are not allowed). Overnight stay at Puri.
Day 03:-Puri- Chilika Lake at Satpada-Bhubaneswar
Early morning go to Jagannath temple for Darshan then drive to Chilika Lake at Satpada (largest brackish water lake in Asia). Take the boat cruise to get a glimpse of beautiful Irrawaddy dolphin’s .Boating payment will paid directly) . Evening back to Bhubaneswar By time drop at Airport for your onwards journey…
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