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    Story Part 3: History Behind the Annually Conducted Jagannath Rath Yatra


    One day, she couldn't hear anything. She was afraid that the sculptor might have fallen ill or might have had a seizure. She rushed to the king and told him about her fear. They both rushed to the room and opened the doors. To their surprise, the sculptor wasn't there and the three incomplete idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Lady Shubhadra stood there with their big round eyes and naughty smile. 

    King Indradyumna enshrined the incomplete idols into the temple of Puri. The mark of Shri Vishnu, the transformed heart of Lord Krishna was carved out of the log and put inside the idols. This heart is called "Daru Brahma" means the "The Wooden Soul". The idols of Lord Jagannath and Lord Balabhradra had no palms and fingers. Lady Shubha's idol had no hands at all.

    Even after enshrining the idols inside the temple, King Indradyumna tried to find sculptors who could fix the hands of the idols. However, no sculptor was able to fix that. King Indradyumna was sad seeing this. One night, Lord Jagannath came to Indradyumna's dream and told the king about what he wanted. Lord Jagannath said that he looks after the whole world, and so he wants his ardent devotees to look after his idol. 

    He wants his devotees to be self-dependable instead of leaving the path of Karma.  He wants his devotees to be able to look after themselves and look after his idols. This legend has a great impact on the history of Odisha. History says, numerous Muslim invaders tried to destroy the temple of Lord Jagannath, many barbaric invaders tried to desecrate the idols of Jagannath, Balabhara, and Shubhadra but nobody was successful to even touch the idols. The Odias had given their blood and life to protect their Lord.

    (To be Continued...)

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