It’s been quite some time, and yet it seems just yesterday, it is not hard to close my eyes and visualize the gigantic epitome of devotion. The Jagannath Temple situated in Ranchi houses Lord Jagannath, Goddess Subhadra, Lord Balram and thousands of devotees along with them. The structure of the temple with its architecture and its location itself lulls thousands of stories in silence. Situated on the hill top, the white infrastructure reflects peace and serenity. I have been told that the temple is similar to the Jagannath Temple in Puri Orissa.
Some even claim it to be its miniature. I have not yet been blessed with the privilege to adore the beauty of Jagannath Temple situated in Puri and, therefore, cannot comment on the comparison between the two. Although I would say that viewing one Jagannath Temple alone has sated me and at the same time ignited the desire to get acquainted with the other.
The younger party, who could feel the excitement in our muscles decided to take the stairs while the elderly took to the vehicle route. I would agree that climbing those stairs was one on the most tedious task of my life but it was worth it. Thanks to the temple management, provisions of the fresh water soothed the journey while the shade of huge trees was revitalizing.
Jagannath Temple is said to be built by king of Barkagarh Jagannathpur Thakur Ani Nath Shahdeo, during 1691. It collapsed in 1990. But with the active participation of the State Government of Bihar and some patrons the temple was reconstructed and restored to its former glory. The temple hence won the test of time and since then is flocked by innumerable devotees.