The temple of Jagannatha is at Puri. Puri is coastal town of eastern India. The Bay of Bengal is situated on the eastern side of Puri. Puri is one of ancient towns of Orissa. Puri temple is built on a gigantic raised platform known as Blue Mountain. Entire temple complex is surrounded by a seven-meter high strong boundary. This continuous boundary is connected with four gates on four directions. A tall platform is closely enclosed by these long boundaries.
Entire boundaries are pierced by four gates facing four different directions. East facing gate is called at Lions Gate. There are two stone images of two lions there. The north gate is known as Elephant Gate. The south gate is known as Horse Gate. The Westgate is known as Tiger Gate. The North Gate is important gate. From this route Lord enters in the form of log during intervals of the new incarnation. Logs of wood reach inside the temple and from there images of the Lord are fabricated when the Navakelvara ceremony takes place. Incidentally, this year is the nevakelabara ceremony (new incarnation) of Lord of Trinity.
Maingate is Lionsgate. It is east-facing. A newer pyramidal structure above it increases loveliness of this entrance. Before entering into Lions Gate, we see a massive, rigid, and monumental and total uniform pillar of ten meters high there. In Jagannath Temple mythology, this pillar was brought from nearby Sun Temple of Konarka. Sun Temple of Konarka was at the outskirts of Puri and now it was in the state of abandonment. Madala Panji is a divine book where all mythological elements related to Lord Jagannath Temple are attributed, tells Aruna is the charioteer of the Sun-God residing at Konarka Temple. Konarka Temple was Sun Temple. Currently was in the state of abandonment.
Famous Konarka temple was built with the principle of eliciting chariot, and the long pillar was like charioteer perceived to be occupied by Arunna. Arunna was charioteer of Sun-God. After abandonment of the Sun Temple at Konarka it was believed that the same pillar was installed in the front of Lions Gate. In the last few years, a circled iron boundaries around Lionsgate can be seen in order to prevent trespassers to destroy that pillar.
Devotees touched that pillar and gained immense satisfaction of reaching out and receiving blessings of Sun-god. Immediately, after Lionsgate one could see a small roofed passage and at the right side one would find Patitapaban, at the entrance. He was Lord Jagannath and people would see him from outside while not entering into the temple. Then, begin the twenty steps which lead devotees nearer to Lord of trinities. There is no clear cut reason for why such existences of twenty two steps are there before reaching nearer to Lord. Devotees touch every step and then touch it on their forehead in order to receive divine blessings from there. Many parents rolled their small children on the steps in order to receive divine blessings from them.
Lionsgate is the eastern gate and it is followed by 22 steps and then one would reach to new temple from there. On the left hand side of this gate we would find a vast kitchen area and it is perceived as the biggest hotel in the world. The amounts of foods are produced perceived to be one of the biggest in the world. Day in and out. Lakhs of devotees reached there in order to taste food from the kitchen of the Lord and after serving these foods they feel enchanted and highlighted in their mind. Even lakhs of persons would be served food within a notice period of two to three hours.
On the right side food selling market of foods of Lord Jagannatha and it is popularly known as Ananda Bazar in local language. Ananda Bazar is known in English as happy market. It is perceived that people find it happy and enjoyment and feel reaching nearer to Lord after reaching out to this place. Ananda Bazar is literally known as pleasure market.
Then comes the second level on the inside boundary at the end of steps, it is one of the second rounded compound wall and there Lord Ganesha temple is situated. There are most beautiful cravings and monuments inscribed there. After removing the first plaster at some point of time during cravat ions of the Archaeological Survey of India, we found greater form of designs works happening there all over.
Inner compound walls are surmounted with a large amount of beautiful cravings and monuments which increase the beauty of the temple to great proportions.
Immediately, after it we reached the first section of Lord Jagannath Temple in the form of the refectory. Locally, it is called as Bhoga Mandapa which is a form of religious dining hall. On its west side there are other sections located known as Nata Mandir (Dance Temple), the Mukhasala (entrance) and the Bada Deula (main temple). All these three are located at the top of Blue Mountain.
On the refectory side of temple, there are numerous inscriptions attached there, which describes plenty for mythological and historical stories of ancient times. It goes on to prove the amount of history and mythology attached with this temple.
Around the main temple there are almost 30 temples which speak a lot about the type of traditions and attachments with Lord Jagannath. All these 30 temples circle around the main temple. Most of these temples are of similar radius length from the main temple. Pilgrim would have to walk around the main temple in order to attain nearness to Lord. It is widely believed to visit at least three temples that are around the main temple. Most pilgrims like to visit such three temples before visiting the main temple of Lord Jagannath. The names of these three temples are of Lord Ganesha Temple located at the foot of the Kalpavata. Kalpavata is a very old banyan tree situated near the main temple. Goddess Vimala temple and Goddess Laxmi temple.
Kalpabata (banyan tree) which is nearer to the Lord Ganesha temple is believed to be there since installation of Lord Jagannatha. Current temple of the Lord is believed to be built-in the tenth century. Prior to this, in the times of before Christ, existence of Lord Jagannath there and temple was there. In Hindu mythology, kalpabata or old banyan tree is believed to be the only source of happiness for persons seeking mercy. It is a celestial tree. It is believed by followers that it fulfils ungratified desire of human beings. It is believed that pilgrims would stand for one or two minutes in front of the foot of a tree and wishes their hopes in order to be fulfilled on some day or the other.