Temples of India – A perspective – Jagannath Temple

Even the lord sometimes needs to sell land to raise finances. Lord Jagannath Puri temple is selling some part of its land holding to raise cash.

More importantly, on the occasion of Jagannath Rath Yatra, an annual celebration of Lord Krishna’s return to Vrindavan, here’s some history of the temple. Here’s some bit of history of the festival.

What struck me was the most important ritual of the festival;

” During the festival, the Gajapati King wears the outfit of a sweeper and sweeps all around the deities and chariots in the Chera Pahara (sweeping with water) ritual. The Gajapati King cleanses the road before the chariots with a gold-handled broom and sprinkles sandalwood water and powder with utmost devotion. As per the custom, although the Gajapati King has been considered the most exalted person in the Kalingan kingdom, he still renders the menial service to Jagannath. This ritual signified that under the lordship of Jagannath, there is no distinction between the powerful sovereign Gajapati King and the most humble devotee.

The above re – inforces the fact that everyone is equal before the Lord.

Hmm. Sometimes I wonder, whats the deal with this caste system? If we can have such rituals then certainly the caste system didnt originate from the scriptures. Need to dig deeper on this.


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