• WordNet 3.6
    • n Jagannath an avatar of Vishnu
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jagannath (Hinduism) A particular form of Vishnu, or of Krishna, whose chief idol and worship are at Puri, in Orissa. The idol is considered to contain the bones of Krishna and to possess a soul. The principal festivals are the Snanayatra, when the idol is bathed, and the Rathayatra, when the image is drawn upon a car adorned with obscene paintings. Formerly it was erroneously supposed that devotees allowed themselves to be crushed beneath the wheels of this car. It is now known that any death within the temple of Jagannath is considered to render the place unclean, and any spilling of blood in the presence of the idol is a pollution.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hind. Jagan-nāth, lord of the world, Skr. jagannātha,


In literature:

Jagannath (corruptly Juggernaut, &c.), or Puri, on the coast of Orissa, probably is the most venerated shrine in India.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
Though caste has grown up again, yet the old regulation is still in force inside the temple of Jagannath at Puri.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
They have the right of dragging the car of Jagannath.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
One day they met at a river a rich merchant and his wife, who were on a pilgrimage to Jagannath.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
Then she's going to Jagannath to visit Nikky Gratham.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper
The caste worship the goddess Parmeshwari, the wife of Vishnu, and Jagannath, the Uriya incarnation of Vishnu.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
The whole literature is, in fact, overshadowed by the great temple of Jagannath (a name of Krishna) at Puri in Orissa.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various
Name of the mound on which the temple of Jagannath at Puri is situated.
"Chaitanya's Life And Teachings" by Krishna das Kaviraja
In 1872 he brought out two attractive volumes on the province of Orissa and its far-famed temple of Jagannath.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 8" by Various
Ranjit Singh bequeathed the Koh-i-nor to Jagannath.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 5" by Various

In news:

Karin Tidbeck's Jagannath : Weird in All the Right Ways.
Yesterday, Karin Tidbeck's short story collection Jagannath officially released.