Jagannath Temple in Chennai was built mainly to save the devotees of Lord Jagannath a trip to Puri in Orissa. The temple of Lord Jagannath in Chennai is on the Reddy Kuppam Road and has the idols of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Lord Balaram.
The idol of Lord Yoganarasimha has also been established in a shrine at the temple. Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Devi Vimala and Devi Gajalakshmi are also worshipped at the temple though Lord Jagannath is the presiding deity.
The temple has been made to resemble the original temple at Puri and is built from black granite and white marble. The granite was specially brought from Kancheepuram, and the marble is from Rajasthan. The idols of the Gods and Goddesses housed in the temple have been carved out of the wood from the neem tree that was used for preparing the idols at the temple in Puri.
The temple has been built over a large area and has sprawling and beautiful lawns that are covered throughout the year with colorful flowers. In fact, flowers from the lawn are used during the puja at the temple.
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