Rulers and Religious Traditions: The Jagannatha Cult

Indian state Odisha is famous for Jagannath temple. This temple is situated in Puri.

Every year in Puri, Jagannatha Rath Yatra takes place.

It is the oldest Ratha Yatra taking place in India and the World.

In this Rath Yatra Lord Jagannath, Lord Balbhadra and Devi Subhadra are taken out of Jagannath temple and placed in Rath.

This yatra is attended by millions of pilgrims from all over India and world.

The cult of Jagannath is a great phenomenon in the history and culture of Orissa.

The origin and development of the cult of Jagannath revolves around the great Jagannath Puri temple .

The Jagannatha Puri temple has always been important in the history of Orissa. Let us know in detail about it.

In the 12th century, Puri was ruled by the ruler of the Ganga dynasty, Anantavarman.

He erected a temple for Purushottama Jagannatha at Puri.

Following in 1230, king Anangabhima III dedicated his kingdom to the god Jagannath.

He declared himself as the assistant of the god.

Not only the kings but the tribal people also gave a lot of importance to Lord Jagannath.

Right from the past, the local tribal people here make the wooden image of the deity.

It is believed that deity was a local god but later it was identified with lord Vishnu.

The temple became very important in social and political matters also.

The Mughals, the Marathas and the English, all tried to gain control over temple when they conquered Orissa.

They believed that by doing so, local people will accept their rule.

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Jagannath temple is very important in history of Orissa. This temple is famous for Rath Yatra.

In the 12th century, Puri was ruled by the ruler of the Ganga dynasty, Anantavarman.

He erected a temple for Purushottama Jagannatha at Puri.

Following in 1230, king Anangabhima III dedicated his kingdom to the god.

He also declared himself as the assistant of God.

The temple became famous in social and political matters which increased its authority.

The later conquerors of Orissa like Mughals, Marathas and English East India Company tried to gain control over the temple.

They all thought that we would conquer the temple, people would accept their rule.

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