The land of Puri in Orissa is the abode of the holiest of holy temple of Jagannath. One of the most revered Chardham destinations in India, the temple is flocked by devotees in vast numbers continuously all year round.
The temple is associated with a legend and is home to the Idols of Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra. The famous Rath Yatra procession of Puri starts from here. With the notion that the Lord would want to spend some time at his aunt’s place, the idols are carried in grand wooden chariots with pomp and show and enthusiastic devotees.
The temple is a mix of Hindu, Kalinga and Dravidian styles of architecture and was built by King Anantavarman Chodaganga, a ruler of Eastern Ganga Dynasty. The temple also becomes the venue of several other festivals all throughout the year. The very air of the temple is spiritually cleansing nonetheless how crowded it is.
Here are the Puja Timings of Jagannath Temple:
- Dwarpitha and Mangal Aarati at 5 AM
- Mailam at 6 AM
- Abakash – 6 AM to 6.30 AM
- Mailam- 6.45 AM
- Sahanamela – 7 AM to 8 AM
- Beshalagi – 8 AM
- Rosha Homa Surya Puja and Dwarapal- 8 AM to 8.30 AM
- Gopala Ballava Puja- 9 AM
- Mailam and Bhoga Mandap
- Sakala Dhupa (Morning food offering) 10 AM
- Madhyanha (Afternoon food offering) 11 AM to 1 PM
- Madhyanha Pahudha – 1 PM to 1.30 PM
- Sandhya Aarati
- Sandhya Dhupa – 7PM to 8 PM
- Mailam and Chandana lagi
- Badashringar Vesha
- Badashringara Bhoga
- Khata Seja Lagi and Pahuda 12.00 hours