The Jagannath Temple was built in the city of Puri by King Anatavarman Chodaganga Deva of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty in the 12th century. There are three main deities in the temple i.e. Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra.
The temple is a part of Char Dham (Badrinath, Dwaraka, Puri, Rameswaram) pilgrimages that a Hindu is expected to make in one’s lifetime. When most of the deities in the temples of India are made of stone or metal, the idol of Jagannatha is made of wood which is ceremoniously replaced in every twelve or nineteen years by using sacred trees.
The Temple is famously called the White Pagoda by the Europeans and famous for its annual Ratha Yatra or Chariot festival.