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Why Nepal King still have the power to offer Prayers at Puri Jagannath Temple? Jagannath Temple History

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As per tradition, the Nepal king has the highest power for offering Prayers at Puri Jagannath Temple & special privileges of performing arati at Lord Jagannath atop the throne. He is a Foreign King, but till now, Puri king Gajapati Maharaja also doesn’t have that power for offering Prayers to Lord Jagannath atop of the throne.

History of Jagannath temple mystery:

This is an ancient history that is connected to Lord Jagannath First Nabakalebara. According to “Madalapanji” during the 8th century, the invasion of “Raktavahu” on the temple of Lord Jagannath is the first attack on Jagannath temple. After the defeat, Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra deities were taken away to Gopali village in Sonepur.
 
In the 9th century, after coming off “Adiguru Shankaracharya” to Kalinga (old name of Odisha). Shankaracharya remarked Yayati as second Indradyumna and let him consecrate Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra, and Sudarshana deities again. After 146 years, Yayati built a new temple at Puri.
 
As per Hindu tradition, Shaligrams (Fossil stone) were required for Balabhadra and Subhadra and other God and Goddess. So Shankaracharya suggested to Yayati to bring Shaligrams (Fossil Stone) from Nepal.
 
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Nepal king Shankara Deva gave One Lakh Shaligrams and Kasturi(Musk) to Odisha king. This is collected near the Gandaki River, and history says that it is the First Nabakalebara of Lord Jagannath, which is only possible with the Nepal king’s help. When the king of Nepal visits Puri, he is granted special rights in the Jagannath Temple.
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