Monday, 9 October 2017

Popular Jagannath Temple, Ranchi

Ranchi Jagannath Temple MouthShut.com
Ranchi Jagannath Temple  TripAdvisor

Lord Jagannath (Vishnu) is quite popular across India, in particular, in the north and north eastern states Basically, the common deities adorned in the sanctum - grbagraha are Jagannath, his brother  Balabhadra and sister Subhadra.  Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (14th and 15th century) and Jayadeva (12th century) were well-known devotees of Sri Krishna. Sanskrit religious texts like Bhagavata Purana, Brahma Purana, Gita Govind and others extol the virtues and divinity of Sri Krishna - Jagannath (Lord of the universe). Places like Baripada,Gunupur  Nayagarh, Bhubaneswar and others  in Odisha  have temples dedicated to Jagannatha. Cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, etc., have Jagannath temples that are of recent origin. Invariably, in all these temples, the tradition being followed at Puri Jagannath temple is observed. The Jagannath temple at Ranchi, Bihar is an interesting one.
Location map. WorldAtlas.com

Jagannath Temple in Ranchi  architecturally similar to the famous Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha.  Built atop a hill by king of Barkagarh Jagannathpur Thakur Anish Nath Shahdeo, during 1691, this temple is a popular place of worship dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located about 10 km from Ranchi. The fascinating annual  Rath Yatra of  Puri, is also held at this temple in the month of Aashaadha, attracting thousands of tribal and non-tribal devotees from this region. 
 
Ranchi, way to Jagannath temple. JungleKey.in

 To get to the  top devotees can climb the steps  all the way from the bottom of the hill or take the 
car by  road. Climbing countless steps to reach the temple is a bit arduous one and devotees normally do it without any hesitation with intermittent rest and relaxation. The road on the hill is doted with lots of trees for the comforts of the devotees. From the top of the hill, one can enjoy a breath-taking view of the surrounding areas. 

The temple collapsed on 6th August 1990 mainly because of  ageing. The reconstruction began  on 8th February 1992. The temple is restored back to old glory and charm. Thanks to the keen interest taken by the Bihar government and donation from ardent devotees.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagannath_Temple,_Ranchi