The Temple of Lord Jagannath (Lord of the Universe) built during the 12th century A.D. by Chodaganga Deva dominates the landscape for kilometers around. Being the tallest temple (65 metres) in Orissa, it is one of the most magnificent pieces of Monuments of India. Puri is the forerunner of the Jagannath cult in Orissa, which saw the flowering of several temples dedicated to Jagannath all over the state. Puri the ancient shrine, enshrining Krishna - Jagannath in the form of a wooden image, also enshrines wooden images of Balabhadra (Balarama) and Subhadra brother and sister of Krishna respectively. The Aruna Stamba is in front of the main gate of Jagannath Temple. Carrying on the top of the stamba is the figure of Aruna the charioteer of Sun God.
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