August 7, 2009

Puri Jagannath Temple in Chennai

Site Name: Jagannath Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Kannathur, Near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A unique temple of Odisha type in Chennai
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India

Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road 
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

Not only Puri, even Chennai has a Puri Jagannath temple. For those, who are not aware of the 12th century Jagannath temple in Puri ciy in Odisha state, it is one of the most important temples in India. If you are a Chennaite, who wants to visit the fabulous temple in Puri and if you couldn't go there, don't worry. You can visit the replica of Puri Jagannath temple in Chennai.

Jagannath temple was constructed in the year 2001 CE in the village named Kannathur (a suburb of Chennai) in ECR. To reach the temple, you have to take the opposite lane to Mayajaal, which is a a popular hangout place in Chennai. Jagannath temple is located in a calm, greeny, and shady area. The temple is built in the typical Kalinga temple architecture style.

The main deities of the temple are Lord Jagannath (Krishna), his brother Balram, and his sister Subhadra. The temple also houses the shrines for Lord Narasimha, Shiva, Ganesha, Gajalakshmi, Vimala and Navagraha. The most famous function of Puri temple is Rath (Chariot) Yatra, which is world famous. This Chennai temple also celebrates Rath yatra on the same day, when Puri's Rath yatra happens.

The temple also houses Pata Chitra paintings. Pata Chitra paintings are a kind of Oriya art, which can be found in the temples of Orissa.

Do go and visit this temple. If you plan properly, you can visit all the following places in ECR on the same day.

1) Sai Baba Temple
2) ISKCON Temple
3) Pratyingara Devi Temple
4) Dakshin Chitra
5) Puri Jagannath Temple

Visit these places, and write to me.

Happy travelling.

1 comment:

  1. it appears from ur post that puri jagnath has occupied a place in chennai . after reading ur post, i am really longing to visit this temple