Lord Jagannath - Digital Sculpture by Surajit Sen

Lord Jagannath - Digital Sculpture
“Lord Jagannath" dedicating for “Rathyatra Festival”
Jagannath is a Sanskrit word, compounded of jagat meaning “universe” and nātha meaning “Master” or “Lord”. Thus, Jagannath means “lord of the universe”.

Lord Jagannath is a revered deity in Hinduism, worshipped primarily in the eastern part of India, particularly in the state of Odisha.

The history of Jagannath Dev can be traced back to the 12th century when King Chodaganga Deva of the Ganga Dynasty built the magnificent Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha.
According to legend, Lord Jagannath is a manifestation of Lord Vishnu and is considered the Lord of the Universe. The name “Jagannath” means “Lord of the World.”

The deity is depicted as a wooden idol with large, round eyes and a benevolent smile.

​Lord Jagannath’s significance extends beyond religious boundaries, symbolizing the unity and cultural heritage of the region. His teachings emphasize the importance of devotion, love, and service to humanity.

The Jagannath Temple in Puri is one of the four sacred dhams (pilgrimage sites) in Hinduism, and the annual Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival) is a significant event where the deities of Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra are taken out in grand processions on ornate chariots.