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“One of 4 Dham”
Review of Jagannath Temple

Jagannath Temple
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Private Excursion to Puri from Bhubaneswar
Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Puri
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed April 4, 2018

Visited one of the most sacred place of Hindu religion and one of four Dham of India. Yes it is The Jagannath Mandira of Puri, dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a form of lord Vishnu. This was our 2nd visit of this holy place. We reached Puri in evening and decided to visit temple in evening. So it was less crowded. Camera and photography is not allowed inside temple. There are so many private locker shop at a nominal rates surrounding the main entrance of temple to save your shoes and camera, mobile etc. Do not forget to visit Vimala Devi Temple behind main temple, one of 4 Aadi Shakti and one of 51 Shakti Peeth. The temple is a marvellous architectural master piece also. Do visit even you are in Bhubaneshwar and having a spare day.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

We reached the temple by 5.30 am . We were unlucky , just missed the changing of flag which is done at 5.00 am. Wonderful experience.Our driver arranged a Pandit for explaining every thing to us. The Sudarshan Chakra standing at the top of temple is 20 feet in height and weights a ton. It is installed in such a way that it makes you feel that it is facing toward you irrespective of the place you are in.The temple is constructed in such a way that the shadow of the main dome of the temple cannot be observed at any given time.There are 4 mdoors to the temple. the main door is the Simhadwaram - the voice inside the temple can't be heard outside & voice out side can't be heard inside. We had darshan & Prasada . The Flag located at the top of chakra was moving in opposite direction of wind. Came out of Jagannadha temple with so many queries. Want to visit again

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank drletha
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Corruption in the name of God! The place leaves you disgusted after the experience. It's about you being fleeced shamelessly,
openly and with subtle support of the authorities by the thickly populated uncontrolled scrupulous sly 'Pandas' ( the Holy Men) ; they'll curse you and your family if you dare to object or deny them in their forte!! I've done religious sites all over the globe; none so nauseating. It's a general tendency in my religion's sacred sites all over, but here they supercede in the craft. Muslim sites are also sometimes likewise, but Christian site are always exceptions! Why can't we learn from them? [ Anyways, 'non-hindus' are not permitted to enter!! Archaic, as the place, is. Shameful]
Yes, the temple's architecture, history are noteworthy. It's one of the four 'dhams' (highest sacred sites) of Hindu religion. It's stinking rich in Wealth collection from devotees. But it's also very crowded, confusing, loud, dark, dingy, and dirty ( there are efforts to address all these; but we are far, off the mark)
Visiting it to experience an old ritualistic Hindu site with all it's warts is ok; but to seek divine blessings in a serene , tranquil setting is the one thing you won't get at all.

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank DrAbhijitSarkar
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

This temple has many entrances but i enter from the singhadwar. This temple is thevmain centre of attraction for the tourists as well as the devotees. Go and pay your offering to the trust and get prasad. You can also buy prasad from the priests in the temple. There are lot of food shops especially sweets like khaja which is the most famous. You hav other shops selling clothes and mostly things used in hindu worship. But non hindus are strictly not allowed entry into the temple.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank DeeptaksharD
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

This place is considered as one of the 4 main Pilgrimage . But I am sorry to say , its better to watch Deity on TV and pray then to come in actual and have Darshan .
How Religion is used as a business can be seen here . Both Me and my wife were totally upset with in 5 minutes of entering the temple .
There are touts or so called Pandits who will take us out of the line and get a better darshan , just need to pay them extra .

There are three lines VIP darshan , they give you a band from feet of lord jagannatha , pat on your head

Other one is a regular line and last is the line for common people . Whereever you go , what they want is money . No one is bothered to how the person feels , the idea is to get money out of the pocket .

The place is not properly kept at all , cleaning is required all over . There is NO SHORTAGE of funds only there is shortage of mentallity and mind set , that we need to do something for the society .

I am really pained to see the state of affairs.. Wish things get better , that only I can wish ...

Nothing more to say

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank btplonline
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