Delhi Jagannath Temple
The Jagannath Temple is situated in the Hauz Khas area, New Delhi, India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a hindu God. The temple was built by the Oriya community and is a replica of the word famous Jagannath Temple in Puri. The name “Jagannath” has been derived from the word “Jagat” which means an elevated platform and the word “Natha” which means the Lord.
The temple is a very scared place of worship for Hindu devotees especially the worshipers of the Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. The temple is very important for the people who follow the Viashnaava traditions and the saint Ramananda. The temple also finds profound significance in the people who follow Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his religion of Gaudiya Vaishnavism.
It has been researched in recent history that the Jagannath temple was constructed by the Kalinga rulers in Puri. The Jagannath temple in Delhi is replica of the temple in Orissa, which is built by the members of the Oriya community. The Skanda-Purana and the Brahma Purana gives an account of the legends of the Sri Jagannath temple. It is stated the initially Lord Jagannath was worshiped under the name of Lord Neela Madhaba by Viswavasu, a tribal chief king. Kind Indradyumna after hearing about the power of the deity sent Vidyapati, a brahmin priest to locate and find out the idol hidden in the dense forest and worshipped secretly.
After years of search, Vidyapati was not able to find the location of the deity but somehow managed to marry the daughter of Viswavasu. On repeated requests of his son-in-law, the tribal chief took his son-in-law, blindfolded, to the cave were he worshipped the deity. But, with his extreme intelligence Vidyapati had thrown mustard seeds on the way to the cave. The mustard seeds them guided Vidyapati and King Indradyumna to the cave. But, to the King’s disappointment the idol had vanished in the sand.
To please the lord, the king then observed fat unto death on the Mount Neela. The king then undertook and horse-sacrifice and conducted the magnificent temple of Lord Vishnu. Then during his sleep, the king had a vision of the Lord Jagannath who asked him to carve idls of the freagrant tree at sea-shore. Thus, the images of Lord Jagannath, Chakra Sudarshan and Subhadra and Balabhadra were installed in the temple.
How to Reach
New Delhi is well-connected to all the cities via the largest aerodrome in India, the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The temple is located in the vicinity of the airport.
Being the capital of India, New Delhi is connected to the rest of the nation via well connected railway routes. The temple is within half-hour driving distance from both the NDLS and the Nizammuddin railway stations. The temple is also connected via the metro rail network functional in the city.
New Delhi has a very well connected road map with the rest of the nation.
Weather and Time to Visit
The best time to visit the temple is between the months of March to May and from August to November. Since New Delhi witness’s extreme winter and summers it is best time to visit the temple during the spring and the autumn seasons.
Being the national capital, New Delhi offers very good facilities for accommodation. From low budget lodges to high budget five stars the city has it all. The city also boasts of many good ashrams where the devotees can stay with other people who come to offer prayers.
Tips For Devotees
The temple gates are closed between the 11 am to 5 pm and the devotees who want to worship the deity should keep the timings in mind when they plan their travel.