Jagannath Temple AhmedabadShree Jagannath Mandir attracts many tourists from all over the world. Due to its archeological beauty and the unique history related to the formation of the temple, has developed strong belief in the devotees and they always try to visit the temple repeatedly to receive blessings from Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Lord Baldevji and sister Goddess Subhadraji.
History of Jagannath TempleEnriched with the heritage of 450 years, Shree Jagannathji Mandir is located beside the Lake Sabarmati. The foundation for the temple was laid by Sadhu Shree Sarangdasji who happened to be a devotee of Lord Jagannath. Lord Jagannath appeared in his dream and instructed him to install the idols of the Holy Trinity Lord Jagannath with his elder brother Lord Baldevji and sister Goddess Subhadraji. The temple was later developed by his successors, Shree Narsinghdasji who was honoured with the title “Mahamandaleshwar’’ by the Sadhu Samaj in 1957 at Sinhasth Kumbha Mela. A marble statue of Mahamandaleshwar Mahant Shree Narsinghdasji is placed in Shree Jagannathji Mandir near the Garuda, facing the Holy Trinity.
The fifth Mahant Shree Sevadasji was succeeded by Shree Ramharshdasji who gained the recognition as “Gausevi Sant” and ‘’Dinbandhu’’. The present Gadipati is Mahamandaleshwar Mahant Shree Rameshwar Dasji.
Shree Jagannathji Mandir was renovated during 1996-2000 and the idols of the Holy Trinity were ritually laid on a special raised pedestal called “Ratna-Vedi“, with the idol of Garuda situated infront of the sacred alter.
Within the premises of Shree Jagannathji Mandir their lies “Gadi” that has uninterrupted “Dhooni”. Devotees collect Bhasma in the form of blessings of MahantShree from this ‘Gadi’. The premises of Shree Jagannathji Mandir also has auditorium, Gaushala, Rathkhana, Santnivas, Apang Ashram, and Samadhi.
Services at Jagannath TempleThe various services offered from the managment of Shree Jagannathji Mandir are:
The Sadavrat is a daily meal program that was started by Mahanadaleshar Mahant Shri Narsinhdasji. Daily meals are been provided to needy, poor and Sadhus or saints irrespective of caste, creed and religious discrimination.
According to Hindu Mythology 33 crore Devtas stay in sacred cow and is also believed that Lord Krishna resides with cows and cow-herds (Gopis) happily forgetting other part of the world. Shree Jagannathji Mandir has a big cow shed that provides an opportunity to pilgrims to serve either by monetary or physical contributions and gain the blessings of Lord Krishna.
Panchkarma Hospital is an Ayurvedic dispensery which is owned and run by Shree Jagannathji Mandir Trust where about 2500 patients on an average are getting treatment per month.
‘Kamdhenu’ is an Ayurvedic Medicines Store located at Shree Jagannathji Mandir campus. Based on Panchagavya Chikitsa principle the Kamdhenu store prepares medicines.
Dharamshalas are located at the nearby areas of Shree Jagannathji Mandir premises and also at Shree Nakalang Mahadev Mandir. These Dharamshalas provides accommodation and meal to Sadhus, Darshanarthees and Teerth yatrees.
Shree Jagannathji Mandir Trust supports Primary school, Panchakarma Hospital and Cancer Hospital at Ahmedabad.
Festivals Celebrated at Jagannath TempleAlmost every festival is been celebrated at Shree Jagannathji Mandir. The premise is decorated at special occasions that add more to the beauty. Specials arrangements are also been made for heavy flow of pilgrims during the festival season.
Jala Yatra is a festival when a procession visit River Sabarmati for Ganga Pooja and later collect the water from the river to perform Abhishek to Lord Jagannath. After performing the Shodashopchar Poojan Vidhi by chanting the vedic mantras, the Lord is sent to His Maternal Uncle’s home.
Rath Yatra was introduced by Mahant Shree Narsinghdasji Maharaj in the year 1878 which is performed on Ashadha Shukla Dwitiya. The Rath Yatra is to take the Lord Jagannath outside of the premises to meet his devotees especially disabled people who could not visit the temple. This Rathyatra is now celebrated as “Lokotsav” of Gujarat.
During Guru Poornima festival thousands of devotees visit Shree Jagannathji Mandir seeking guidance and blessing from their Guru.
Hindol Darshan is performed to pacity Goddess Rukhmini who is annoyed with the Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra along with his sister Subhadra. This start from Shravan Shukla Tritiya and continues till the full moon day.
Janmashtami i.e. the birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated by Shodashopchar Poojan Vidhi with bhajan and Prasad distribution. It is one of the biggest festivals celebrated at Shree Jagannath Mandir when thousands of devotees visit for darshan.
Rudra Abhishek is performed throughout the month of Shravan at Shree Jagannath Mandir. On the day of Shravan Poornima 1,25,000 clay Shiva Lingas are made and worshipped. SHIVA LINGS are worshipped. This is known as the "Parthiv Pooja".
Apart from the festivals listed Shree Jagannath Mandir celebrate many other festivals like Dushehra, Diwali, Utrayan, Vasant Panchmi, Shivratri, Holi, Ramnavami, Akshay Tritiya, etc.
About the Temple NearbyIt is situated at a distance of by
14 kms. from Shree Jagannathji Mandir in Paldi – Kankaj village, Dascroi
Taluka, Ahmedabad Distirct. This place is also the entrance gate of
Virat Nagari where Pandavas are believed to spend the last year of their
Agnatvas and at that time Nakul the second youngest among the Pandavas
ritually laid ‘Shivlinga’ for daily prayers which later gained fame as
Naklang Mahadev temple.
Naklang Mahadev temple received recognition during the period of Mahamandaleshwar Mahant Shree Narsinghdasji. The temple was later renovated and by Mahamandaleshwar Mahant Shree Rameshwar Dasji , the present Mahant and titled as Ranchodji Temple.
Important Information about Jagannath Temple:
Shree Jagannathji Mandir
At Jamalpur Darwaja,
Phone: 79 25323221/25324421