BanglaHunt Desk: One of the chief deities of Hindu deities is Jagannath Dev. His worship is practiced in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam, Manipur and Tripura and even in Bangladesh. Jagannath Dev is worshiped together with Dada Balaram and sister Subhadra. He is considered to be the incarnation of Vishnu.
The word Jagannath, which is a combination of the words “Jagat” and “Nath”, means “one who is the shelter or lord of the moving world”. The idol of Jagannath is usually made of wood. No legs can be seen in this statue with two large and round eyes and incomplete hands.
According to the Puranas, Lord Krishna appeared before King Indradyumna and ordered his idol to be made of a piece of wood floating on the beach of Puri. Then the king started looking for a skilled carpenter to make sculptures with that piece of wood. Then a mysterious old Brahmin carpenter came in front of him and asked for a few days to make the idol and said that no one should stop him from making the idol. After hearing this, the king and queen stood outside the door and listened to the sound of the idol being made. After a while, as soon as the sound stopped, he went inside and saw that the work of God's creation was half over and that the artist was not there.
The woodcutter was actually Devashilpi Bishwakarma. The king was saddened that the idol's hand had not been repaired. Then Devarshi Narad appeared before him, consoling the king and saying that this half-finished idol is a recognized form of the Supreme Lord. This is how the worship of Jagannath Deva begins. On the day of the Rath Yatra, Jagannath Dev, Dalram and Subhadra are worshiped together.
The Jagannath Temple in Puri is one of the most famous and auspicious places in India. However, there is a special ritual of Jagannath temple in this Puri, no one other than Hindus can enter here. The sanctum sanctorum of this temple has a high peak at the top. At the main gate of the temple are the guardian gods of the gate, Joy and Vijay. The Aruna pillar in front of the main entrance was brought from the Sun Temple of King Konark of Khurdar. During the Rath Yatra, a large number of Rath Jatra ceremonies are held here. Countless devotees from different parts of the world came and attended here.