The name Jagannath comes from the word Jagat-Nath which means ‘Lord of the Universe’. Jagannath Temple in Puri is a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Jagannath and located on the eastern coast of India, at Puri in the state of Odisha. It is one of the most renowned as well as the biggest temples of Orissa. Jagannath Temple is established in the 12th century, the temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath – Lord of the Universe. The credit for laying the foundation of the Jagannath temple of Puri goes to Raja Ananta Varman Chodaganga Dev.
It is said that King Indradyumna, the ruler of the territory, saw Lord Jagannath in his dreams and following the Lord’s wishes, as told to him in his dreams, he got the Jagannath Puri Temple constructed. Situated in the heart of the holy city, the temple is visited by devotees from farthest corners of India as well as the world.
The temple is located at a distance of 60 km from Bhubaneswar, on the coast of Bay of Bengal, and is greatly revered by the devotees following the Vaishnava traditions. Jagannath Temple is one of the Char Dhams , Jagannath Temple is in the city of Puri, in Orissa, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the caretaker of human kind. The brilliant temple and its architecture is as famous as the iconic Chariot Festival of the city. Jagannath Rath Yatra, observed in the month of Ashadha, which is June-July, is a festival that celebrates the annual visit of Jagannath to his birthplace. It is basically a chariot festival, where idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra, the main deities of Srimandir, are taken to the Gundicha temple in bejeweled chariots and are brought back to the mandir in the same way.