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Jagannath Temple Architecture

The majestic Jagannath Temple flaunts the sculptural richness and fluidity of the Oriya style of temple architecture. With an imposing height of 214 feet, it is one of the most magnificent monuments of India and the temple complex spreads over an area of 400,000 square feet which is fortified by huge stone walls. Within the colossal temple complex house at least 120 temples dedicated to various deities.

This shape and structure of the main shrine is curvilinear in shape and its ornated with Sri Chakra (eight spooked wheel) of Lord Vishnu. Also referred to as ‘Nilchakra’, this scared wheel is made of ashtadhatu. There are four main structural sections :

Garbh Griha (Sanctum sanctorum)

It is the place where all the three deities Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra are places on Ratnavedi (Throne of Peals).

Mukhashala (Frontal porch)

The front portion of the temple that welcomes the devotees into its sanctum sanctorum.

Nata Mandir

Also referred to as Jagamohan is the dancing hall that can be used as an audience hall as well.

Bhoga Mandapa

It is the place where the offerings to the deities are given and mahaprasad from the high priests is received.

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Published Date: August 9, 2016
Last Updated On: September 15, 2016
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