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Jaganathpur Temple

This 17th Century old temple of Lord Jagannath is located 10 km south west of Ranchi at Jagannathpur near Firayalal chowk (Albert Ekka chowk). It was built in 1691 by the king of Barkagarh Jagannathpur, Thakur Ani Nath Shahdeo on top of a hillock. The temple complex which stands like a fort with its chambers, gardens and shrines, with idols and flags is very attractive. The architecture of the temple is similar to the famous Puri Jagannath Temple. Rath yatra or Car festival similar to that of Puri is held every year in the the month of Ashadam ( June/July) which attracts a large number of devotees both tribals and non-tribals.

This temple complex comprises of three shrines dedicated to Krishna, Balabhadra and Subhadra. Built with brick walls, the exteriors are white washed while the interiors are exposed. One can reach the temple either by climbing the rocky mud road on one part of the hill which leads to the temple courtyard, or the two staircases in cement which leads up to the main gate. The other attraction of this temple is the figure of Hanuman on one of the niches inside, and Garuda the vahana, outside the temple. 

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