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Juggernaut (Jagannatha), a form of the Hindu god Vishnu's incarnation Krishna, is worshiped at the religious city of Puri in India. A temple to Juggernaut there dates from the a.d. 1100s. According to one legend, a priest chose the site for the temple when he saw a crow dive into the nearby Bay of Bengal. Inside the temple is a horrifying wooden image of Juggernaut with a black face and a gaping mouth as red as blood.

incarnation appearance of a god, spirit, or soul in earthly form

Several festivals are held at the temple each year, the most important being the Chariot Festival in midsummer. On this occasion, the image of Juggernaut is placed on a 60-foot-high cart and pulled through the town by hundreds of people. Occasionally worshipers have thrown themselves beneath the wheels of the cart to be crushed as a sacrifice to Jagannatha. This practice gave rise to the English word juggernaut, meaning a person or power that crushes anything in its path.

See also Hinduism and Mythology; Krishna.

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Juggernaut

Juggernaut in Hinduism, the form of Krishna worshipped in Puri, Orissa, where in the annual festival his image is dragged through the streets on a heavy chariot; devotees are said formerly to have thrown themselves under its wheels.

The word juggernaut, meaning a large heavy vehicle, comes in extended usage from this.

The name comes via Hindi from Sanskrit Jagannātha ‘Lord of the World’.

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juggernaut (J-) title of Krishna, avatar of Vishnu; idol of this carried in an enormous car, under which (it was once said) devotees threw themselves. XVII; also fig.—Hindi Jagannath—Skr. Jagannātha-, f. jāgat- world + nāthá- lord, protector.

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juggernaut (Jagganath) Form of the Hindu god Krishna, worshipped in Puri, e India. At an annual festival, statues of the god, his brother and sister are pulled around the town on heavy carts. The term has come to mean any large, heavy vehicle.

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Juggernaut (name of Hindu god): see JAGANNĀTHA.

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Juggernaut, India: see Puri.

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