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“Far from the madding crowd”

Jagannath Temple, Kanathur
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Bhubaneswar, India
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“Far from the madding crowd”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, the temple complex dedicated to Lord Jagannath and his siblings Balabhadra and Subhadra, is an island of tranquility, and sheer bliss.

Once upon a time there used to be only one Jagannath temple, located at the original kshetra, Puri in Odisha. Over centuries many princely states built temples for the revered deity at their capitals. Now that the royals are gone, the responsibility of building Jagannath temples at different locations have been assumed voluntarily by the common devotees. The Kanathur temple is one such attempt.

The big compound is very well maintained with a mandap at the entrance, the sanctum sanctorum built in style of Puri original at the centre and lush green lawns and garden plants all around. The Garuda Pillar facing the deities is imposing and beautifully carved.

There is a small structure dedicated to Kanchi Ganesh on the left of the complex, a statue of Buddha, also on left, and a nice lotus design water tank at the back. Jagannath culture also assimilated the Buddhist philosophy, and it is said that the deity at Puri has the tooth of Buddha hidden in his naval.

The priests are from Odisha and I found them to be very sincere in their worship. The temple can organize various types of pujas or rituals for you at different fees, which are displayed on a board.

Not far from the temple complex is a quiet beach, which I found as peaceful as the temple with no visitors. It looked like a fishing beach with many small boats dotting the place.

The place where you have to take a left turn from the ECRoad if you are coming from Chennai is easy to miss if you do not look for the traffic police signs and bikes there. The turning is near a fish market. Take flowers from here, beacuse they may not be available near the temple. The 150 metres road leading upto the next turn for the temple is crowded, rough and somewhat dirty. Ignore it and press ahead, because what awaits you will leave you cleansed internally.

Visited February 2014
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“South India’s own Puri”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

This newly constructed temple, conceivably the cleanest temple of Chennai, is located at about 400 metres from Kanathur (ECR road) and is the new home of Puri Jagannath (of course along with Balabhadra and Subhadra). I had been to puri last year and had to wait for long hours in queue to meet my little friends. This temple is less explored and so getting Jagannath's appointment was much easier.

The temple also houses Kasi Vishwanath (Lord Shiva), Kanchi Ganesha, Mother Basil (Tulsi or Tulasi) and navagrahas (surprisingly in human form). The atmosphere is serene and it would be nice to spend some time out in the green lawn and enjoy the sea breeze. My advice to travelers is to avoid the beach closer to the shrine (about 200 meters), for it is one of the filthiest I've witnessed and more over you stand a good chance of getting bitten by crabs.

Visited October 2013
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“Good Replica of Original Temple”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Its bit far off from the city on the famous ECR road on the sea shore of Bay of Bengal. The Jagannath followers have tried to make it an exact replica of Original temple in Odisha.

Visited February 2013
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“A very small and very clean temple”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Not a usual south indian temple. Feels peaceful to be in this place. Don't specifically plan and come for this temple. If you are on a ride in ECR, you can visit here for a short period of time. You can spend a max of 20mins for this temple. Clean toilets too are there. A very clean and well maintained temple.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Raj K
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“truly divine”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

This temple is definitely on the must-visit list.The truly awesome and divine environment , the lush green lawns , the sea breeze enables us to connect to GOD.Totally recommended to those on the spiritual search mode. Don't forget to visit Poseidon(beach :p) which is just 200 metres away!!! :)

Visited June 2013
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