The Jagannath Temple at Balagopalpur, Balasore, Odisha has been built by the Emami Group at a cost of around Rs. 17 crore.
The 'Pran Pratishta' ceremony of the idol at the new temple took place in the presence of the head priest of Puri Jagannath temple, Jagannath Sai Mohapatra Dwaitapati on 29th Nov 2015.
The temple has been designed and built under the Guidance of Noted architect and sculptor Padma Vibhushan Sri Raghunath Mohapatra.
With eight wheels carved on either side, the temple appears to be built on a giant chariot.
"The essence of this temple is that Lord Jagannath is riding on a chariot. The belief is that if one sees the lord riding on the chariot then he attains 'moksha'," said Padma Vibhushan awardee Mohapatra.
The complex comprises five temples - Lord Jagannath built over an area of 4,300 square feet, Lord Shiva, Maa Bimala, Goddess Laxmi, Lord Ganesh and Sankat Mochan Hanuman built in an area of 380 square feet each.
Also like the original Puri temple, the deities of Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra are housed in the main temple and are made from sacred Neem logs.
A chief attraction of the temple is the Pattachitras- the traditional painting of Odisha with application of rich colours, creative motifs and designs, and portrayal of simple themes, mostly mythological in depiction.
The roofs and inner walls of the temple have been painted with the exquisite art of Pattachitras of the popular themes like 'Krishna Lila' - enactment of Jagannath as Lord Krishna displaying his powers as a child, 'Dasaavatara' - the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu and different forms of lord Jagannath.