Jagannath Temple, Puri (Odisha) is one of the most sacred temples in India. The greatest attraction of Puri is the world famous temple of Jagannath. It is known by many, names viz. the Puri temple, the Srimandira, the Bada Deula or simply, the Jagannath temple. The main deities worshipped in the temple are Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra. The temple is visited by numerous devotees from all over the world who wishes to pay their homage to Lord Jagannath. It goes without saying that Jagannath Puri temple is very attractive that is not only known for the Lord Jagannath's sculpture, but also for its unique architecture and beauty. Today, Puri has become hot favorite tourist place because of the beach and the famous temple. The largest crowd in Puri is seen during the Car Festival of Jagannath which takes place every year in the months of June-July.
Talking about the history of Jagannath temple Puri, this renowned temple in Odisha was built by Ananta Varman Chodaganga during 12th century (AD) However, later the construction got completed by AnangaBhima Dev.
Spread in the area of 400000 square feet with 20 feet high wall and a tower to a height of 192 feet, the globally renowned Odisha temple is stand on an elevated stone platform which measures 10 acres of area. The four huge halls namely, Bhogmandapa (offerings hall), Nata-mandir (dance and music hall), Jagamohana and Deula are enough to speak about the wonderful architecture of that era. Apart from this, Jagannath temple also comprises four main gates in all four directions. Interestingly, these all four gates are called by different names like Lions gate, tiger gate, horse gate and elephant gate as well.
This globally renowned Odisha temple has also known for having world's largest kitchen where thousands of devotees are feed every day. During festivals like Rath Yatra, food for more than 100000 devotees is prepared in this kitchen.