Scientific Mysteries About Puri
The Jagannath Temple of Puri holds great importance among the Hindus. It is one of the Char (four) Dhams which are sacred to the followers of Hinduism. The trio of Jagannath, Balaram and Suvadra is worshiped in this holy temple. As history has it, the temple was built in the 12th century during the rule of the Eastern Ganga dynasty’s King AnantavarmanChodaganga Deva, a dynasty which is also famously known for building the Sun temple of Konark along with several major Shaivism temples.
Mysteries surrounding the Jagannath Temple of Puri, Odisha have been lurking around since ages. The pilgrims have often expressed their experience and how they have been mesmerized by these unexplained phenomena.
Over the time, many such mysteries have been experienced by a lot of visitors.Some of these facts which have been most talked about and are yet to be logically explained by science.
1. The RathaYatra Mystery- The RathaYatra at Puri was initially performed with two sets of chariots (3 plus 3). As there was a river flowing in between Shrimandira and Gundicha (Mausimaa) temple, the first set of chariots were used to transport the Deities till the river, and then the Deities had to cross the river in three wooden boats and then board the other set of chariots to travel till the Gundicha Temple.
2. The Idol Changing- For every 12 years the old idols are buried below the new idols manually, mystery is that they disintegrate on their own and the idols are masked until the task gets completed.
3. Present Day Structure Of The Temple- Present day structure of Sri Janagnnath Temple Puri is very different from the the initial design of the temple. The main temple was first constructed by the Chola kings and the MeghanadaPacheri, Mukhasala, Nata Mandapa and other assets of the Temple were later constructed by other rulers ruling the area in later times.
4. Nothing flies above the temple. Absolutely nothing!- It is a surprise that nothing flies above the temple. No planes, not even birds. There is no scientific explanation for this yet.
5. An engineering marvel- The construction of temple is such that the shadow of the main dome of the temple cannot be observed at any given time.The shadow of the main dome is invisible at any time of the day.Maybe an architectural feat or the Lord’s desire.
6. The Sea- Normally during day-time, air comes from sea to land & during evening, the vice-versa occurs. But in Puri it’s totally opposite.
7. The Colossal Chakra- The Sudarshan Chakra standing at the top of temple is 20 feet in height and weights a ton. It is said to be visible from every corner of the city and it is installed in such a way that it makes you feel that it is facing toward you irrespective of the place you are in.The chakra was brought all way up and installed on the Gopapuram 2000 years ago. Nobody knows the technique of how the Chakra was installed.The engineering techniques used at that time still remain as a mystery today.
8. The Simhadwaram Mystery- After entering the temple from Singhadwara’s entrance, after the first step you cannot hear any sound produced by the ocean. But, when you exit it can be clearly heard. This can be noticed clearly during evening. There is no scientific explanation for this. Legend has it that Subhadra Mayi, the sister of the two Lords wished peace and serenity within the temple abode and hence it was made to come about that way.
10. The Prasadam Mystery- The prasadam is cooked in pots using firewood. Exactly 7 pots are put one on top of another. Surprisingly, the top most pot is cooked first followed by the bottom pots in order. Ganga river flows inside the Temple kitchen but you cannot see it from outside.Also the food cooked inside the temple everyday will not go waste.
11. Flag Waves In Opposite Direction- The flag atop the temple has been observed to flap in the opposite direction of the breeze.A priest climbs the dome of the temple which stands as tall as a 45 story building and changes the flag everyday since 1800 years as a part of a ritual. If it is not changed any day, then it is said that the temple must be shut for the next 18 years.
12. The Nabakalebara Ritual- For every 12 years the old idols are buried below the new idols manually, mystery is that they disintegrate on their own and the idols are masked until the task gets completed.The last Nabakalebara was held in 2015.
Trade analysts may regard Puri Tour to be the USP of religious/pilgrimage tourism in Odisha. Pandas, Brahmins who conduct prayers and services for Shri Jagannath, may earn their extra buck by being proactive salesmen and promoting varied holy products and costly compulsory rituals to most visitors and devotees in the premises of the PuriJagannath Temple. Also, the national television may cover a LIVE coverage of the famous annual chariot festival (Purirathyatra) when Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra mount the rath and step out of the Jagannath Temple Puri to visit their Maushi (maternal aunt). However, the real essence of this age-old religious land lies in PuriJagannath and his Mystics. The atheist in you could decide to reject the mystical facts as speculation, mere coincidence or folklore but the believer in you shall most definitely be amazed by the revelations above.