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.

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.

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.

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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