Miracles of Jagannath Dham
1. An interesting observation made by many is that the flag atop the Sikhara of the Jagannath temple always flaps in opposite direction of air.
2. Another amazing fact is that if anyone looks at the Sudarshan Chakra atop the Jagannath Temple, they will always find it facing them.
3. According to the laws of nature, during day-time, air comes from sea to land and during evening, the vice-versa occurs. But in Puri it’s totally opposite which is a phenomenon that intrigues many to this day.
4. Even birds don’t fly above the temple, maybe out of respect and reverence for Lord Jagannath. The same rule holds true for aeroplanes which are also not allowed to fly above the temple.
5. The shadow of the main dome of the Jagannath Temple is invisible at any time of the day. This is true for even sunny days and leaves many baffled.
6. The quantity of cooked food inside the Temple remains same for the entire year. But that same quantity of prasadam can feed few thousand people and 20 lac people also. Still it won’t get wasted or never lag.
7. The Temple kitchen, 7 pots are kept on each other and cooked on firewood. In this process the contents in the top pot get cooked first and then the bottom one.
8. After entering from Singhadwara’s first step (from inside of the Temple), you can’t hear any sound produced by the ocean. But, when you cross the same step (from outside of the Temple) you can hear it. This can be noticed clearly during evening.
Lord Jagannath Sleep Secret
Once it so happened that when Lord Jagannath’s chief attendant went to his room for his morning chores he saw that the Lord’s clothes were tattered. He was shell shocked and called for the one who dressed Him the previous day. The poor soul was blamed for theft and was fired. This man was extremely heartbroken and wanted to get to the root of the issue. He was pretty sure that someone was playing foul and was responsible for the sorry state of affairs.
He decided to wait inside the temple at night and catch the thief. He waited for long but saw no one around who he could get suspicious of. Suddenly, as he was about to drop drowsy, he saw a man in Lord Jagannath’s clothes walking fast out of the temple. He decided to follow this mysterious man and catch him red-handed.
He saw the man walking towards a brinjal plantation and from a distance, watch a woman with a white saree sing. The mysterious man was approached by the attendant of Lord Jagannath and lo! the attendant fell dizzy at the sight of Prabhu Himself.
Apparently, Lord Jagannath walked every night to this particular brinjal plantation to hear the woman sing Dashavatar (from Geet Govind written by Jaydev). He could not sleep without hearing her song. prabhuji loves listening to Dashavatar.
After getting Prabhu’s darshan;, the attendant informed everyone about the happenings of the previous night but no one believed Him. The next day they asked the woman to stop singing or leave the place and never come back again. She stopped singing and Prabhuji couldn’t sleep.
He then gave His darshan to the chief priest in his dream and told him about His problem of sleeplessness. The next morning, the chief priest immediately summoned the woman and rewarded her richly and arranged for Dashavatar stotra to be a major part of Jagannath pooja rituals.
The Lord till date is sent to bed wearing a cloth that has the Dashavataram stora written on it.