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Jagannath Temple for the Spiritually Inclined

The wonderful and one-of-its-kind temple in the world, Jagannath Temple is situated in Puri, Orissa and is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Vishnu. “Jag” literally mean universe and “nath” means literally master. So, Jagannath means "the master of the universe". Master of the universe indeed is the Lord Jagannath. 

The beautiful Jagannath Temple is a famous pilgrimage centre, particularly for the spiritually inclined worshippers of Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu who visit the temple in huge numbers round-the- year, especially at the time of the annual religious event of much significance--the Rath Yatra. 

At that time, the images of Lord Jagannath, Balbhadra and Subhadra are placed in huge chariots and pulled by the ardent devotees, some of whom deliberately fall in front of the massive wheels of the chariots so that they could be crushed to death and attain nirvana. 

With its sculptural richness and architectural finesse, the Jagannath Temple represents the best of the Orissan style of architecture and is an architectural wonder. The massive Jagannath Temple Complex sprawls over an area of 400000 sq kms and has 120 temples and shrines. The entry to the temple complex is restricted to the Hindus and the non-Hindus, and the foreigners are denied entry. 

The Jagannath Puri Temple maintains the biggest kitchen in the world which can feed up to 10000 people at a time. The highly delicious food prepared there is first offered to the Lord and then this food, which, post bhog (religious offering), automatically becomes Prasad, is distributed amongst the pilgrims and others. 

The food at the Jagnnath Temple Kitchen is prepared with much care, and according to the rules as laid down by religious scriptures. Legend suggests that the Goddess Mahalaxmi herself supervises the preparation of the food at the temple.