Jagannath Puri

Story of Mula Rama deities

In the book known as Adhyātma-rāmāyaṇa, there are statements in Chapters Twelve to Fifteen about the worship of the Deities Śrī Rāmacandra and Sītā. There it is stated that during Lord Rāmacandra’s time there was a brāhmaṇa who took a vow to fast until he saw Lord Rāmacandra. Sometimes, due to business, Lord Rāmacandra was […]

Can Non-Hindus enter Jagannath Temple ?

  It is still the practice at the Jagannātha temple not to allow those to enter who do not strictly follow the Vedic culture known as Hinduism. Śrīla Haridāsa Ṭhākura, Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī had had previous intimate connections with Muslims. Haridāsa Ṭhākura had been born in a Muslim family, and Śrīla […]

A devotee dreams of Lord Jagannath & Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

  There is a book in the Oriya language called Caitanya-carita-mahākāvya in which there are many narrations about Śikhi Māhiti. One narration concerns his seeing an ecstatic dream. Śikhi Māhiti always engaged in serving the Lord in his mind. One night, while he was rendering such service, he fell asleep, and while he was asleep […]

Jagannatha Ratha reached Gundicha Temple – The Pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu during Jagannatha Rath Yatra – Final Part

After the car stopped sometime for bhoga offering at Balagandi, when it was time to again pull Lord Jagannath’s car, all the workers (gaudas) tried to pull the cart but it wouldn’t budge. When gaudas finally realized that they couldn’t move the chariot, they abandoned the struggle. The king then arrived, accompanied by his officers […]

JAGANNATH MAHAPRASADAM DISTRIBUTION. (The Pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu during Jagannatha Rath Yatra – Part 3)

King Prataparudra sent a large quantity of prasadam to Caitanya Mahaprabhu & His associates taking rest in the garden at Balagandi. This prasadam had been offered at the Balagandi festival. It included milk products, fruits, curd, fruit juice, coconut, mango, jackfruit, various kinds of bananas, almond, raisins & dates, etc. There were hundreds of different types of […]

Jagannatha Vallabha Garden.

  This a very important place of pilgrimage because several wonderful pastimes enacted here: 1. After the Ratha yatra when Their Lordships Sri Sri Jagannatha-Baladeva-Subhadra relaxes in the Gundicha Temple, Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu took rest here for 9 days. 2. Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu used to meet Sri Ramananda Raya who was His very dear and […]

Tota Gopinatha Temple

Sri Tota Gopinatha is exquisitely beautiful Deity of Lord Sri Krishna. Tota Gopinatha is also a most unique Deity because He is the only Krishna Deity in the world “sitting down”. Moreover, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu concluded His manifest pastimes here by entering the Gopinatha Deity. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ended His manifested pastimes in Jagannatha Puri […]

Inside the Jagannatha temple – Part 2

The Kalpavata is an ancient banyan tree believed to be present here since the installation of Jagannatha. In the scriptures, there is a narrative of a heavenly tree known as Kalpavata, believed to fulfill the desires of people seeking mercy. Devotees stand at the foot of the tree for a minute or so to convey […]

Inside the Jagannatha temple – Part 1

The Jagannatha Puri temple is built on a gigantic raised platform in the heart of the city. The temple complex is bounded by a wall about seven meters high; this includes the height of the platform. The surface area of this platform is over 420,000 sq. ft. This enclosure has 4 gates, facing the 4 […]


This ceremony indicates that from that day forward, a winter covering should be given to Lord Jagannatha. The month of Marghasira is the cooler parts of the year. The entire body barring His face is covered with velvet clothes.