Lord Jagannath – the legend about His form

S. Balakrishnan
Ever wondered why the holy trinity of Puri - Lord Jagnanath, His brother Balabhadra and His sister Subhadra – appear unfinished and mysterious ?
Those were the times when Lord Jaganta (Jagannath) originally lived among the Saora prople (also called Sora, Saura, Savara or Sabara) of Munda ethnic group in southern Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh in the Blue Hills. Jaganta was served by Visvavasu, a hunter of birds of Saora tribe. Lord Jagannath was happy but maybe He needed a change from living in the wild and accepting the wild fruits offered by the simple tribal people. Maybe He desired the rituals and offerings that were offered to the new Gods (of the Aryans) in the towns and cities. Maybe Jaganta wanted to gain supremacy over the new Gods.
So he appeared in the dreams of Indradyumana, king of Malwa. [Malwa is a region of west-central India; the Malwa Plateau generally refers to the volcanic upland north of the Vindhya Range.] The king was called to come in search of the One God. The king ordered his men to go to the four corners of the earth, only to return with the God. But they could not succeed in locating the God’s earthly residence. Indradyumana did not give up that easily; he did years of penance and offered lots of sacrifices in prayers. The king’s devotion drew Jagannath to his dreams once again. The divine meaning of king’s dreams, as interpreted by the court priests, led them to Odradesh’s (the present Odisha) Blue Hills. As the King and his entourage reached the simple shrine there in the hills, it was announced that the God would appear when His abode was constructed by the water.
Searching for a suitable location by the waters for the temple, the king located Puri, a fishing hamlet on the eastern coast. Though the king employed best artisans in building the shrine, it could not be built.  (To be contd)