The Jagannath Temple of Puri is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath, a form of Vishnu, located on the eastern coast of India, in Odisha. The temple is an important pilgrimage destination and one of the four great 'Char Dham' pilgrimage sites, found at India's four cardinal points. The construction of the Jagannath temple was done by King Indradyumna. The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra, or chariot festival, in which the three principal deities, viz., Jagannath, Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra are pulled on huge and elaborately decorated temple cars. Unlike the stone and metal icons found in most Hindu temples, the image of Jagannath is made of wood and is ceremoniously replaced every twelve or nineteen years by an exact replica. The temple is sacred to all Hindus and especially in those of the Vaishnavite traditions. It is understood that the temple does not have a shadow. No birds sit or hover over the temple. Darshan of the temple flag and the ‘Srichakra’ adorning the top of the temple tower is very auspicious.
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