Please could tell us about Lord Jagannath
The Indian state of Odisha has an ancient culture manifest in different aspects of its rich and diverse living heritage. Odia culture is deeply influenced by Jagannath consciousness that has evolved from the worship of the Hindu deity Lord Jagannath. Jagannath culture is synonymous with Odia culture.
The word Jagannath derives from the words `Jagat’ meaning universe and `nath’ meaning lord. Lord Jagannath is respected as the Lord of the Universe and is also regarded as the representation of Lord Vishnu who has many avatars. Lord Jagannath is regarded as a form of Lord Vishnu’s avatar as God Krishna.
God Vishnu’s representation as Lord Jagannath is unique to the state of Odisha. His form is also unique as it is cylindrical rather than figural with very large eyes, and crafted of wood rather than metal or stone as most temple icons are.
Image: Baralagi Pata for Wednesday. Textile with green field and Kumbakalasi border that is a design of a temple with kalasi (an earthen pot). Image: View of Ratha Yatra, three chariots are in front of Lord Jagannath.
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