Jagannath Swami

Jagannath Swami Nayana Patha Gami Bhaba Tume

The greatest and supremely beneficial discovery man has ever made is the attainment and direct realization of the Absolute Reality behind all existence. It is by following this path Godward, sincerely, consistently and constantly that peace, prosperity and fulfillment will bless the individual and the society at large. Lord Jagannath of Puri, Odisha, India symbolically represents the Lord of the universe. The word Jagannath is composed of two Sanskrit words, “Jagat” meaning dynamic state of existence and“Nath” meaning the central controller. This symbolically enumerates the forward and onward motion of the universe and under control by the Lord resulting in harmonious, blissful existence. The western world recognizing the infinite omnipotence power of the Lord coined the word “Juggernaut,” meaning mighty force. Lord Jagannath has been the guiding and inspiring Divine force behind the social, political, religious and cultural life of people of Odisha since time immemorial. In the context of the modern society, where rank materialism and constant conflict, especially in the name of religion is the order of the day, the tradition of Lord Jagannath propagates a spiritual vision and a way of life with distinctive emphasis of the principle of “unity in diversity” and embraces the vedic tradition “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, i.e. the whole creation is one entity, an unified existence. This tradition stands as an infallible beacon lighting up the eternal golden path for the true welfare and upliftment of the universe

In deliberate reaching out for wider horizons, the Odiya Community has begun the modest attempt to enshrine the Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Divine mother Subhadra in the Irvine Temple. This is a beginning and an humble, modest attempt to offer their homage to the Lord on various traditional celebration such as Ratha Yatra. All are welcome to support this movement in their own way.