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Lord Jagannath (Vishnu) is quite popular across India, in particular, in the north and north eastern states Basically, the common deities adorned in the sanctum - grbagraha are Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (14th and 15th century) and Jayadeva (12th century) were well-known devotees of Sri Krishna. Sanskrit religious texts like Bhagavata Purana, Brahma Purana, Gita Govind and others extol the virtues and divinity of Sri Krishna - Jagannath (Lord of the universe). Places like Baripada,Gunupur Nayagarh, Bhubaneswar and others in Odisha have temples dedicated to Jagannatha. Cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, etc., have Jagannath temples that are of recent origin. Invariably, in all these temples, the tradition being followed at Puri Jagannath temple is observed. The Jagannath temple at Ranchi, Bihar is an interesting one.
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To get to the top devotees can climb the steps all the way from the bottom of the hill or take the
car by road. Climbing countless steps to reach the temple is a bit arduous one and devotees normally do it without any hesitation with intermittent rest and relaxation. The road on the hill is doted with lots of trees for the comforts of the devotees. From the top of the hill, one can enjoy a breath-taking view of the surrounding areas.
The temple collapsed on 6th August 1990 mainly because of ageing. The reconstruction began on 8th February 1992. The temple is restored back to old glory and charm. Thanks to the keen interest taken by the Bihar government and donation from ardent devotees.