Showing posts with label Jagannath Temple. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jagannath Temple. Show all posts

Hinduism - When Is Purushottama Observed? Who IS Revered As Purushottama?

 


When the intercalary month falls within the lunar month of Ashadh, it is observed as a religious observance.

The intercalary month is a lunar month that is placed into the calendar every thirty months or so to keep the solar and lunar calendars in sync.

It starts after any "normal" lunar month in which the sun has not yet shifted into the next zodiac sign, and adopts the name of the previous month.

The intercalary month is regarded unlucky since it has an atypical phenomenon, and the most popular vernacular word for it is malamasa, which means "impure month." When the additional month happens in the lunar month of Ashadh, however, worshippers of the deity Vishnu (bhakta) see it as an extremely sacred period devoted to Vishnu in his avatar as Purushottama ("best of men"), and treat it as such.

This month, Vaishnavas study holy scriptures, sing Vishnu's glorious names, and engage in various forms of devotion.

The month of Ashadh, as well as its intercalary month, are particularly significant for the Jagannath temple in Puri, whose presiding god, Jagannath, is regarded a form of Krishna, and hence a manifestation of Vishnu.

Every year, the Rath Yatra event is held in Puri during the month of Ashadh, and in years when the intercalary month occurs in Ashadh, fresh representations of Jagannath and his siblings are produced.


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Hinduism - How Is The Anglicized Term Juggernaut Derived From Jagannath?

 


Juggernaut is an Anglicized version of Jagannath, the presiding deity of the same-named temple in the eastern Indian city of Puri.

The name "juggernaut," which in ordinary English use refers to something that requires blind devotion or heinous sacrifice, derives from a popular legend surrounding Jagannath, or Juggernaut, and his two siblings as they parade through Puri each summer during the Rath Yatra.

The automobiles that transport them in the procession are massive—is Jagannath's 45 feet high, 30 feet wide, and moves on sixteen seven-foot-high wheels—and are dragged by ropes pushed by hundreds of people.

The frantic worshippers (bhakta) of Jagannath committed suicide by flinging themselves under the car's wheels in order to die in front of the deity, according to one of the basic fictions of British colonial history.

Despite their legendary position, suicides of this kind were exceedingly rare: the majority of persons who perished beneath the wheels of the Juggernaut procession were pulling the ropes when they lost their footing, fell into the vehicles' path, and were unable to flee due to the crush of the spectators.


 

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