Statues of Lord Jagannath at Bhubaneswar. The icon of Jagannath is a carved and decorated wooden aruna prashna kannada pdf with large round eyes and a symmetric face, and the icon has a conspicuous absence of hands or legs. The origin and evolution of Jagannath worship is unclear. Some scholars interpret hymn 10.
Jagannath is considered a non-sectarian deity. It has been one of the major pilgrimage destination for Hindus since about 800 CE. June or July every year in eastern states of India is dedicated to Jagannath. They stay there for a few days, and are thereafter returned to the main temple.
Coinciding with the Ratha Yatra festival at Puri, similar processions are organized at Jagannath temples throughout the world. Jagannatha, according to them is a generic term, not unique, as much as Lokanatha or Avalokiteswara. Jagannatha could be applied to any Deity which is considered supreme. Both names derive from “Jagannath”. This hypothesis states that the Vedic people as they settled into tribal regions adopted the tribal words and called the deity Jagannath. The image consists of a square flat head, a pillar that represents his face merging with the chest. Within this face are two big symmetric circular eyes with no eyelids, one eye symbolizing the sun and the other the moon, features traceable in 17th-century paintings.