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English Dictionary: Jagannatha by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
Jagannatha
n
  1. an avatar of Vishnu [syn: Jagannath, Jagannatha, Jagganath, Juggernaut]
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Jagannath \Jag"an*nath\, Jagannatha \Jag`an*na"tha\, n. Also
   Juggernaut \Jug"ger*naut\ [Hind. Jagan-n[be]th lord of the
      world, Skr. jagann[be]tha.] (Hinduism)
      A particular form of Vishnu, or of Krishna, whose chief idol
      and worship are at Puri, in Orissa. The idol is considered to
      contain the bones of Krishna and to possess a soul. The
      principal festivals are the Snanayatra, when the idol is
      bathed, and the Rathayatra, when the image is drawn upon a
      car adorned with obscene paintings. Formerly it was
      erroneously supposed that devotees allowed themselves to be
      crushed beneath the wheels of this car. It is now known that
      any death within the temple of Jagannath is considered to
      render the place unclean, and any spilling of blood in the
      presence of the idol is a pollution.
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