This is an interesting ritual associated with the Jagannath Temple. isn’t this the reason? Thanks so much for sharing this fascinating post about Puri and the Jagannath Temple. Have you visited this amazing temple in Odisha, an eastern state of India and did you observe these intriguing facts? The pots are placed one, on top of the other on firewood in the hearth. There seemed to be no other explanation for this phenomenal fact. The one with the mysterious cooking pots had me trying to figure out how it is done. I have heard about the Nila Chakra. I love places that have a bit of mystery about them! Built in the 12th century, it took three generations worth of effort to build this mighty historical structure. This story was written comes directly from the Skanda Purana,- one of the most ancient books containing many Hindu Mythological episodes. Especially the Sound Proof Chamber! Looks like a super interesting place! Unexplained Mysteries of Jagannath Temple Puri in Odisha, India. It is just amazing to know about these wonderful places in India to visit and explore. How interesting! As we walked out of the Singhadwara my eyes fell on a tall pillar known as Arun Stambha, the statue of Arun, the mythical charioteer of the Sun God graces the top of the pillar. These were some of the mind blowing Unsolved Mysteries of Jagannath PuriTemple, Puri which have always remained unsolved and have always give… Nice! We will add this in our itinerary when we visit India sometime next year. The food in the topmost pot getting cooked first may have an explanation in my mind (think less oil more oil ). I’ve never been to India, but the buildings and history have always intrigued me. 6. I found this post fascinating. Jagannath Temple in Puri is one of the holy places of Char Dham. I would love to visit one day. A great history indeed. All I knew about it was of course the colourful and vibrant Rath Yatra and the chariots and the colourful streets of Puri! Prasadam mystery. I’m sure I’m not alone in now wanting to research these unexplained oddities. An interesting read I may say, especially the Juggernaut story. It is a place that holds many an untold secret in its bosom, a temple that is revered and looked up to as the divine abode of the Lord. I would love to visit and had no idea it is the site if the world’s largest kitchen. So interesting! The Nila Chakra is a wheel made of 8 alloys that is mounted on the top of the longest Shikhar or Gopuram of the Jagannath Temple Puri. And, therefore ever since, the idol of Jagannath has remained off … I have never visited India but that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t. There are so many interesting places to visit and I love all the sites and history. It was re-opened only after Aurangzeb's death in 1707. For more than a century past, historians, foreign and Indian, have been trying to’ unveil the mystery of the three deities namely, Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhadra worshipped in the Puri temple. The word “Juggernaut” in English was derived from the Hindi word, “Jagannath”.It means a colossal structure which crushes anything coming its way. This Pillar originally stood in the precincts of the Konark Sun Temple. A Sudarshana chakra which is made up of 8 alloys and has a circumference of 36 feet is mounted at the top of the temple. I’d never heard the story of the word juggernaut. I was also surprised by the fact that the temple cast no shadow. I love this kind of thing! It would definitely be an interesting place to visit. Did you hire a guide ? Jagannath Puri being one of the four dhams sees millions of devotees visiting the Jagannath temple throughout the year seeking the blessings of Lord Jagannath. It also serves as a mighty historical structure built about millennia ago, in the year 1078. I will definitely not miss the ancient sound proof chamber when I visit Jagannath Puri. That is indeed a very interesting temple. But to say the truth, I never felt interested in this temple and never thought I would want to visit again. One of the interesting facts about Sri Jagannath Temple that defy explanation is the fact that though the same quantity of food is cooked every day in the kitchen, it is able to feed the devotees irrespective of the variation in the number of visitors that may range from 2,000 to 20,000. Given this intriguing association of the word Juggernaut, Jagannath Temple, Puri, and the Rath Yatra, it is no wonder that the temple and the Rath Yatra is famed throughout the world. You can read about one devotee called Salabega. Secret 2: An Interesting Ritual. One of the most popular mysteries about the temple is that the main structure of the temple doesn’t cast any shadows at any point of the day. The most fascinating fact is, irrespective of the direction you will be facing, the Sudarshana chakra always faces you. We have to understand the very fabric of our culture and tradition, all our traditions are based on some or other scientific theory. I’ll have to get digging. Also all of these facts and mysteries about it are so intriguing- I’m surprised they haven’t had a TV episode trying to get scientists out there to explain or debunk these phenomenons! To the Europeans, the iconography of Jagannatha remained a mystery from the time of Bruton’s visit until the 19th century. I frequently visit your blog to learn more and just marvel at your beautiful photos. Superb article which has further whet my appetite to see this place. Part of the Char-Dham pilgrimage, Odisha sees millions of visitors flying down to seek blessings of Lord Jagannatha (Lord of the world or Krishna). The action of the winds that blow near the coast where the temple is situated remains as one of the scientific mysteries of Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri. The shadow of Jagannath Temple or rather the absence of it continues to be one of the unsolved mysteries of the Lord Jagannath Temple. Copyright © document.write(new Date().getFullYear()). Can’t believe that there is such place like this in India. Thanks for sharing this article. Flags going haywire against the wind? These are such interesting mysteries. I haven’t heard of the mystery of the shore, so being a history buff, I’ll have to read up on it. Must Read Story: Mystery of Shreekhetra Dham. Do you know how the story was exaggerated exactly? I guess there would be some physical reason about the shadows. I’ve several friends from India but have yet to visit the country myself. What is remarkable is that never is there a shortage or surplus of food. Oh wow what an amazing looking place to explore, India has some of the most beautiful sights to see, I would love to make it myself one day. This looks like a fascinating place to visit. The fact that there are so many mysteries around the temple make it more interesting… I’d like to visit it soon!! Something I never noticed and I’m curious to find out about the breeze from the sea how it blows to compare to the shores of the Jagannath Temple Puri anytime I visit. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it as I love stuff like this. I have never been over to India but these pictures make it look just amazing. I love that the area becomes a no fly zone that birds even abide by! The temple facts are interesting, too. How crazy- I never would have thought the word “juggernaut” was Indian in its storied origins. Had no idea! I love to learn more about other countries. Especially about the wind! This temple has so mysterious that I want to visit it now . The food in the pots are cooked uniformly and what is amazing is the fact that the food in the topmost pot is cooked first while the ones below get cooked in the order of their position with the bottom-most pot getting cooked last! I have never heard of Jagannath Temple before. The temple annals, the Madala Panji records that the Jagannath temple at Puri has been invaded and plundered eighteen times. Thanks for sharing! It seems like birds cast a spell to avoid to fly around that area. So interesting these natural phenomenons! Thanks a lot for sharing it! And by sitting on the floor our brain automatically receives a signal to prepare our stomach for digestion. All rights reservedAbout Us | Sitemap | Authors | Contact Us | Advertise with Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use and Grievance Redressal Policy | Feedback A Times of India initiative | Weather powered by Skymet Weather. The Puri temple sounds pretty spooky to me. The mahaprasad is prepared in earthen pots kept over open wood-fire flames. Thanks for visiting our site Voyager – imvoyager.com and taking the time to read our post! But the success they have achieved is almost negligible. The term avatar, from Sanskrit, means “descended” and it is the consistency that a Deva (god) or Devi (goddess) assumes when incarnating in a physical body to perform certain tasks. I too have heard the wierd wind direction stories. Did you know these amazing facts about Jagannath Puri Temple, Odisha? Would love to visit this temple sometime. It was explained to me later that the Gopuram at the Jagannath Temple Puri was an exception and no birds ever flew around it. Here we look at these fascinating facts that my dear readers are sure to inspire incredulity and awe. The temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, considered the god and supreme monarch of the state of Orissa, as well as an avatar of the god Visnu. Lord Krishna’s Heart I have to go there now to see for myself! It is a very interesting temple, no doubt. The historic Jagannath temple (Shrimandira) at Puri was built in the year 1078. 10. I would love to visit more of India. Another one that amazed me is the Natural No-fly zone at Jagannath Temple Puri. It was surprising as usually, birds flock around tall structures. Idols are made of wood and there is never any news of worm or insect infection. You have beautifully explained the mysteries. Wow! Now I know about this place would really like to visit it someday! Thanks for sharing, I learned quite a bit! India and its temples are full of fascinating stories. It goes to show that not everything can be explained in this world. I love to learn all about the mysteries surrounding places like this. I always think birds flying over shrine or temple because people feed them and they get used to it! I would like to hear what the scientific community says about all these anomalies. Don’t ever lose your love for this place. Another divine manifestation? That was indeed very very mysterious. I love to read articles like this I learned something new today. The Jagannath Temple myths and facts have over time become interwoven and it is hard to differentiate one from the other, however, there is no denying the mysterious allure of the temple. It is incredible the level of detail required to build these temples. Some of these unsolved mysteries are as follows: The Patitapabana Bana (Flag put on the Shikara or the peak of the main temple) The flag which the servitors put up on the […] Mystery around the the Sudarshana Chakra Sudarshana Chakra is the weapon of Lord Vishnu. The mystery of the cooking pots left me amazed. Let me tell you that in addition to these there are many more interesting mysterious stories about Lord Jagannath Temple. My thoughts moved to another enigmatic temple not far away from here, the Konark Sun Temple. I have seen over and over again people trying to erase history and it does no good. I didn’t know so many facts about this temple till I read your article. (Oriya – Odia) he was King of Odisha (the then Kalinga or Utkala). However, there are some really incredible facts about Puri Jagannath temple that remain unexplained. That’s crazy, they usually fly everywhere. Another mystery is the way the food is cooked in the kitchen. Mysteries of Jagannath Temple that defy scientific logic, Coal mine tourism in Maharashtra is now attracting more tourists than before, This ‘ghost town’ in China shows nature in its best eerie form, Some forest regions in North Bengal to remain open for tourists this monsoon, Neelakurinji flower bloom to soon happen in Munnar, You can now stay in F. 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