Jagannathpur Temple is located in Ranchi which is the capital city of Jharkhand. Jagannathpur Temple serves as the most important and attractive tourist destinations at Ranchi, apart from being its famous pilgrimage center. The Jagannathpur Temple in Ranchi is located at a distance of 10 kilometers from the Albert Ekka or the Firayalal Chawk through the HEC colony.
Significance of the Temple
The Jagannathpur Temple was constructed by the king of Barkagarh Jagannathpur, Thakur Ani Nath Shahdeo. The Jagannathpur Temple was completed on 25th December in the year 1691.
This temple of Ranchi is placed over the top most point on a small hillock. This temple resembles the Jagannath Temple of Puri in the state of Orissa quite a lot with similar architectural style. It however seems to be smaller in size than the Jagannath Temple in Orissa.
At the Jagannathpur Temple, an annual fair is also held every year during the festival of Ratha Yatra. This fair is also quite similar to that of the Ratha Yatra at the Puri's Jagannath Temple. This is a major attraction in Ranchi as thousands of pilgrims flock to the Jagannathpur Temple including the tribal as well as the non tribal devotees. However the Jagannathpur Temple had collapsed on 6th August in 1990. Since the 8th of February, in the year 1992 restoration and reconstruction work have been started.
Another interesting site here at the temple site is the War Cemetery, the smallest 'concentration' cemetery in India with a total of 708 burials. Located on the Ranchi - Hazaribagh road, itrepresents the army of undivided India.
Other places to Visit
The temple is about 80 k.m. from Ranchi on Ramgarh Chitrapur Road, Rajrappa which is situated at the confluence of rivers Damodar and Bhairavi is popularly know as Bhera. The Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Chinna Mastika and is located on top of the hill from where Rajrappa Waterfall comes down from a height of 20 feet. Boating facilities are also available here.
Narshigh Temple in Jharkhand is other tourist attractions at Hazaribagh which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and others are the Harihar Dham, Silwar Temple Kanhari Hill, Salparni, Barso Pani, Barkattha Suraj Kund which is 72 km from Hazaribagh, etc.
The Parasnath hill which is 4431 ft height is the highest mountain which is south of the Himalayas in Jharkhand, and it lies on the eastern margin of the Hazaribagh plateau. A site of religious significance which includes 20 out of 24 Jain tirthankaras or saints which involves Parsvanatha are believed to have attained salvation in the Sammeta Shikhar here. Several beautiful Swetambara and Digambara Jain temples can be found on the hills here.
Accommodation Facilities at the Temple
Through Airways the city of Ranchi is well linked to important airports in India, including Patna, Delhi and Kolkata.
The Ranchi airport of Jharkhand is located at Hinoo, nearly 7 km away from the city center.
The city of Kolkata serves as the nearest International airport, which is well connected to many cities in India and abroad. Kolkata is about 400 km from Ranchi and tourist pre-paid taxi charges about Rs 7500 from Kolkata to Ranchi.
Through Railways- the Ranchi railhead is well connected to important cities all over the country. The Nearest station being Hatia is a terminal station and many express trains start from Haiti and have stop at Ranchi.