The shrine of Jagannath is composed of wood and is replaced ceremoniously with great grandeur after every 12 or 19 years by an exact replica. The Jagannath Temple of Puri is an extremely sacred one to all Hindus and particularly to those belonging to the Vaishnava traditions. Great saints like Ramanuja and Ramananda were associated with this temple very closely. Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Badathakura Balabhadra together are the trinity of deities that are predominantly worshipped. The deities adorn various jewels and garbs with respect to different seasons. Indeed, the Jagannath temple is the pride and honour of the place of Puri and the state of Odisha.
The structure of the temple is like the shape of a pyramid. There are four entrance gates to the temple named Ashwadwara, Singhadwara, Vyaghradwara and Hathidwara. The Lord is offered food (“bhoga”) six times every day. The Jagannath temple of Puri is not only famous in India but its popularity has crossed boundaries making it a world famous temple. This sacred and majestic Jagannath Temple form a part of the “Char Dham” pilgrimage. Puri can be reached from all parts of India and is easily accessible via all three modes of transport viz. rail, air and road.