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Top 10 mysterious facts about Puri’s Jagannath temple which will leave you hypnotized

Started by King Chodagangadeva and finished by his grandson Anangabhimadeva in the late twelfth century, Jagannath Temple in Puri comes in the rundown of India's oldest spiritual sites. Located in one of the holiest cities in the country, Puri, the Jagannath Temple is the epitome of the region's rich spiritual heritage. The Jagannath Temple is quite impressive with its 65-feet high sky-kissing spire with a stone-carved giant wheel at the top. The main temple is surrounded by several other shrines and temples, taken care of by around 6000 priests. This 12th Century old temple, one of the Char Dham pilgrimages, is also known for its mysticism. Have a look at the top 10 mysterious facts about Jagannath Temple in Puri that makes it more interesting for curious travelers.

1. Direction of Flag

It is found that the flag hoisted at the top of the temple dome always flows in the opposite direction of the airflow. There is no scientific explanation for this nature-defying fact.

2. A Tradition Older Than Many Civilizations

Did you know that the flag of the temple in Puri is changed every day? Accomplishing this is no mean feat. Every day, a saint scrambles up the dome of the temple, which is approximately a 45-stories building and changes the banner regularly for 1800 years as a piece of a ritual. If this ritual is not followed even for a day, the temple must be closed for the following 18 years.

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3. The Colossal Chakra

The colossal chakra which is more than 20 feet in height at the top of the temple was installed ages ago. It is said to be visible from every side of the city and the Chakra seems to be looking back with the same appearance. This is an architectural riddle that no one has been able to solve to date.

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The Colossal Chakra - Jagannath Temple

4. Installation of the Chakra

The eight-spoke chakra was brought all way up and introduced on the gopuram 2000 years earlier. The designing procedures utilized at that time still stay a puzzle today. The Chakra upright at the highest point of the temple is 20 feet in height and weighs a ton. How this wheel was taken at the top and installed is another mystery that is still unsolved.

5. The Sea

Whenever we visit the seaside, the first thing that our senses catch is the crashing of waves on the shore. In the case of Jagannath Temple, the sea waves seem to go on mute as soon as one steps inside the premises from the Singha Dwara entrance. There is no sound of the waves at all. As soon as one comes out of the temple, the waves can be heard. Again, there is no scientific explanation for this mysterious fact. 

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6. Nothing Flies Above The Temple. Literally Nothing!

As you look up in the sky, you will find birds flying high, or resting on the tree tops. In the case of Puri’s Jagannath Temple, not even a single bird can be seen atop the temple dome. Nothing hovers above, no planes, not even any bird. There is no logical clarification for this yet.