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Jagannath temple UPSC NOTE

 Why in news

  • All four gates of the 12th-century Jagannath temple in Puri were reopened for devotees in the presence of Odisha Chief Minister Mohan Charan Majhi and his Council of Ministers. 

  • The previous BJD government had kept three of the four gates shut since the pandemic

  • Devotees had been facing inconvenience as entry was allowed through only one gate. 

  • Opening all the temple gates was a key promise in the BJP’s election manifesto. 

Jagannath temple

  • The temple is believed to be constructed in the 12th century by King Anatavarman Chodaganga Deva of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty.

  • Jagannath Puri temple is also called ‘Yamanika Tirtha’ 

  • This temple was called the “White Pagoda” and is a part of Char Dham pilgrimages (Badrinath, Dwaraka, Puri, Rameswaram).

  • There are four gates to the temple- Eastern ‘Singhdwara’ which is the main gate with two crouching lions, Southern ‘Ashwadwara’, Western 'Vyaghra Dwara and Northern ‘Hastidwara’. 

  • In front of the entrance stands the Aruna stambha or sun pillar, which was originally at the Sun Temple in Konark.

  • The temple is famous for its annual Ratha Yatra, or chariot festival, in which the three principal deities are pulled on huge and elaborately decorated raths, or temple cars

Puri

  • Puri is a coastal city and a municipality in the state of Odisha and is situated on the Bay of Bengal

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