Agartala Jagannath Mandir, Agartala, Tripura

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District:: Agartala
Address:  Palace Compound, Krishna Nagar, Agartala, Tripura 799001
Phone 03812324497

Located within the Ujjayanta Palace grounds in Agartala, India this temple is dedicated to the Hindu Gods Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra. Built in the 19th century by then Maharaja of Tripura, Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya, this temple with an octagonal base has four stories. The temple is adorned with bright orange stepped up Shikharas.

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The Jagannath temple is a famous religious site located in Agartala in Tripura. Built by the Maharaja of Tripura of the Manikya Dynasty in the 19th century, the temple is situated in the Ujjayanta Palace grounds and is dedicated to the Hindu Gods- Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra. The beauty of this spectacular place lies in the fact that the temple is as much a place of architectural beauty and prestige as it is of religious importance. The temple is also a beautiful place to click some amazing pictures, so be prepared to be taken aback by the sheer beauty of this location.

This grand building till date continues to make Tripura proud because of its architectural magnanimity and is heavily influenced by the Islamic style of edifices. The base of the Jagannath temple is an octagon in shape with brightly coloured orange walls. Pyramidal conic structures adorn the pillars of the temple. It is widely believed that the Neelmadhav idol that is consecrated at Puri was donated from the Jagganath Bari Mandir of Tripura. The Nitya Puja, Bhoga offerings and distribution, along with the evening Aarti, are the main rituals that are followed here. The Aartis are especially a must-attend event to appreciate the beauty and simplicity of the temple and to be lost in the devotion of the Almighty. The Ratha Yatra, the annual festival of the temple, is an important festival that is celebrated with great zeal and fervour and is attended by hundreds of devotees each year. Summing it all up, the Jagganath Temple is not a place that you should miss visiting, to experience tranquillity and peace in its best and most pristine form.

Legend / Local stories

Jagannath Temple was built by the Manikyas, who chose Agartala above Udaipur as the capital. For decorating the capital, they adorned it with numerous monuments and beautiful sites.   Though inclined to Islamic architecture, the Jagannath Temple  represents a confluence of Hemadpanthi and Arabic style on the exterior and Hindu flair on the insides.

It is believed that the idol of Neelmadhav at Puri had been donated from this temple. Open to travellers in the present time, this temple replicated the rich architectural heritage of Agartala. Orange in colour, the temple has an octagonal base and the pillars are crowned by square and pyramidal cones. Moreover, the impression of ‘pradhkshin patha’ round the sanctum further adds to the beauty of this national heritage temple at the capital of Tripura.

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