Odisha: Rath Yatra drew 58 lakh devotees

The Odisha government said on Wednesday that 58 lakh devotees thronged the Hindu holy town of Puri during the Rath Yatra at the Jagannath temple.

Jagannath Temple 'Mahaprasad': 700 cooks, 50,000 mouths, Rs 10 lakh business
Jagannath Temple 'Mahaprasad': 700 cooks, 50,000 mouths, Rs 10 lakh business

Prepared by 600-700 cooks and partaken by up to 50,000 pilgrims daily generating a business of Rs 8-12 lakhs, the mouth-watering ‘Mahaprasad’ (food first offered to the deity) of the Jagannath Temple has retained its appeal among tens of millions of devotees for ages.

SJTA suspends priest after devotee mounts Lord Jagannath's chariot

 The Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has placed a priest under suspension and served a show cause notice to another for allegedly helping a women devotee mount the chariot of Lord Jagannath before the ceremonial 'Pahandi' (procession) to Sri Gundicha Temple on Tuesday.

Congress calls Odisha bandh on June 26

Accusing BJD government of failing to act against those responsible for mismanagement in Lord Jagannath's Brahma Paribartan, the Congress on Wednesday called for Odisha bandh on June 26.

Deities at Jagannath temple in Puri replaced after 19 years

The arduous and secret 'Brahma Paribartan' (change of life substance) of Lord Jagannath's Nabakalebara ritual ended this evening after being delayed by about half a day.

Wood of Lord Jagannath's idol identified in Odisha

The "daru" (neem tree) for making Lord Jagannath idol has been identified at a Odisha district, a Jagannath temple administration official said on Wednesday.

No Nabajoubana Darshan this time in Jagannath Temple

 In a bid to avoid rush inside Sri Mandir, the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has decided not to allow devotees to have glimpse of the deities on 'Naba Jaubana Darshan' (Juvenile Youth of the Lords) on June 17.

INTACH documenting traditional Jagannath pilgrimage route

The INTACH has started listing and documenting a 484-km-long traditional route that was once used by thousands of pilgrims to visit the Jagannath temple in Odisha, a member of the organisation said here on Thursday.

Ensure devotees' safety during Puri temple mega ritual

Orissa High Court has asked the state government to make proper and foolproof arrangements for every devotee to pay obeisance to the deities at Jagannath Temple in Puri during Nabakalebar festival next year.

Royal scions continue duty on Rath Yatra in Ganjam

They have lost their estates, some of them palaces too, but at least once a year on the day of Rath Yatra they perform a royal duty.

Thousands witness Lord Jagannath`s Rath Yatra in Cuttack

Braving sultry climate, thousands of devotees on Sunday observed Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath at several places of the Millennium city in Cuttack.

Leaders celebrate Rath Yatra offering prayers to Lord Jagannath

The chariot festival was celebrated by political leaders in various parts of the country during the pious occasion offering their prayers to the deities.

Rajnath Singh visits Jagannath Temple

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday visited the Jagannath Temple and offered prayers.

Orissa HC seeks probe panel report on Puri temple stampede

Orissa HC asked the state government to submit the report of the Justice P K Mohanty Commission of Enquiry, which was set up to probe the November 2006 stampede in the Jagannath temple at Puri.

Odisha mum on Puri seer`s proposal of banning chariot-climbing

Odisha government remained silent on its decision to ban devotees` climbing on the chariot and touching Lord Jagannath`s idol during the Rath Yatra.

Puri Rath yatra: Temple to ban chariot-climbing, touching idol

Ahead of the ensuing annual Rath Yatra festival, the Jagannath Temple managing committee on Monday asked the Odisha government to stop the practice of devotees climbing atop chariots and touching the Lord.

Miscreants loot ornaments from temple in Odisha

Unidentified armed miscreants looted silver and gold ornaments from the store room of the famous Jagannath temple at Gosaninuagon in Berhampur.

Pilgrim robbed inside Jagannath Temple

A pilgrim from Maharashtra was allegedly robbed of Rs 50,000 while performing puja inside the temple, police said.

President visits "Go Green" sand sculpture at Puri beach

President Pranab Mukherjee praised a massive sand sculpture of Lord Ganesh made by eminent sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on the Puri beach.

President pays obeisance at Jagannath Temple in Puri

President Pranab Mukherjee paid obeisance at the famous Jagannath Temple here early Saturday morning.