Jagannatha

Form under which Krishna is worshiped at Puri, Orissa, a famous religious center of India.

His temple at Puri dates from the 12th century. The Rathayatra, or Chariot Festival, is held in his honor each year in June or July. An image of the god is placed on a cart so heavy that it takes thousands of devotees several days to move it to the god's temple outside the city. According to legend, pilgrims sometimes throw themselves under the wagon in hopes of attaining instant salvation, a practice that gave rise to the English word juggernaut.

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      (Sanskrit: “Lord of the World”), form under which the Hindu god Krishna is worshiped at Puri, Orissa, one of the most famous religious centres of India, and at Ballabhpur, a suburb of Shrīrāmpur, West Bengal. The 12th-century temple of Jagannātha in Puri towers above the town. In its sanctuary, roughhewn wooden images represent Jagannātha, his brother Balabhadra ( Balarāma), and his sister Subhadrā. Some scholars suggest Buddhist influence in the threefold nature of the temple image. Modern representations made in Puri of the 10 avatars (incarnations) of Vishnu often show Jagannātha as one of the 10 in place of the more usually accepted Buddha.

      The most important of the numerous yearly festivals is the Chariot Festival (Rathayātrā (Rathayatra)), which takes place on the second day of the bright fortnight of Āṣāḍha (June–July). The image is placed in a wagon so heavy that the efforts of hundreds of devotees are required to move it, and it is dragged through deep sand to the country house of the god. The journey takes several days, and thousands of pilgrims participate. Reports of these processions in the past have been much exaggerated, although accidents are common and occasionally a frenzied pilgrim attempts to throw himself under the wagon. The English word juggernaut, with its connotation of a force crushing whatever is in its path, is derived from this festival.

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  • Jagannatha —   [dʒ ; Sanskrit »Herr der Welt«], Juggernaut [ dʒʌgənɔːt], eine Form des dunkelhäutigen Hindugottes Vishnu Krishna, die v. a. in Bengalen und Orissa verehrt wird. Das Hauptheiligtum des Jagannatha in Puri (Cuttack, Orissa) ist eine der… …   Universal-Lexikon

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