The Jagannath temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath and is an important pilgrimage destination. The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra, in which the three main temple deities are dragged on huge and elaborately decorated temple chariots. Where all the deities in other temples are made of stone or metal, the Jagannath is wooden. Every twelve or nineteen years these wooden figures are royally replaced by using sacred trees, that have to be carved as an exact replica.
The temple also offers Mahaprasad to the Lord, which consists of 56 food items. The Jagannath Puri Temple Prasadam is of two types- ‘Sankudi’- includes items like rice, ghee rice, mixed rice, cumin seed and asaphoetida-ginger rice, and dishes like sweet dal, plain dal mixed with vegetables, whereas ‘Sukhila’ – consists of dry sweetmeats.
Jagannath Dham Puri Prasadam also includes ‘Nirmalya’. Religiously Nirmalya is equally important as Mahaprasad. There is a belief among Hindus that if Nirmalya is given to a person on his deathbed, he is certain to find a place for himself in the heaven after his death following compensation of all his sins. Devotees can also Book Online Jagannath Dham Puri Temple Prasad.
Daily offerings to the Lord include:
- Gopala Vallabha Bhoga: The first offering to the Lord in the morning that forms his breakfast.
- Sakala Dhupa: The Sakala Dhupa forms his next offering at about 10 O’ clock in the morning. This generally consists of 13 items including the Enduri cake and Mantha puli.
- Bhoga mandapa bhoga: The next repast and the offering consists of Pakhala with dahi and Kanji payas.
- The Madhyanha dhupa forms the next offering at the noon.
- Sandhya Dhupa: This offering to the Lord is made in the evening at around 8 o’clock.
- Bada Simhara Bhoga: The last offering to the Lord.