Jagannath Temple

The Jagannath Temple is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Jagannath, a form of Sri Krishna in Puri in the state of Odisha on the eastern coast of India.The Puri temple is very famous for its Ratha Yatra, or chariot festival, in which the three principal deities 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 19 years by an exact replica. It is one of the famous Char Dham pilgrimage sites.
Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are the three deities worshipped at the temple. The inner sanctum of the temple contains statues or idols of these three Gods carved from sacred neem logs known as daru sitting on the jeweled platform or ratna bedi, along with statues of Sudarshana Chakra, Madanmohan, Sridevi and Vishwadhara.The deities are adorned with different clothing and jewels according to the season. Worship of these deities pre-dates the building of the temple and may have originated from ancient times. It is the most famous and best tourist attraction.