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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Jagannathpur Temple – Famous Pilgrimage Centre of Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

Jagannathpur Temple is a famous landmark of Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand. This 17th century temple, similar to Orissa’s Jagannath Puri Temple in architecture is considered a famous pilgrimage centre across India and most importantly in Ranchi.

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Situated about 15 kms away from the heart of the city, this temple is situated on top of a small hillock. One can approach this temple from two sides. One side has a long range of steps, while the other route made up of small and steep winding roads, allows vehicles to go all the way up to the temple entrance.

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This temple, built under the rule of Thakur Ani Nath Shahdeo, the king of Barkagarh Jagannathpur, hosts Krishna, Balabhadra and Subhadra as its main shrines.

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I found the temple and its surroundings extremely calm and peaceful during my visit. However, I am told that every year during the festival of Rath Yatra, people throng to this temple to seek the lord’s blessings.

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