Know more about Pancha Tirtha at Lord Jagannath, Puri
Besides the magnificent temple of Lord Jagannath, Puri also has other sacred places. These places are the five sacred bathing places also known as Pancha Tirtha. It is believed that by visiting Lord Jagannath and bathing in these five sacred tanks the pilgrims get salvation.
The five sacred water bodies are:
1. Indradyumana Tank: This water tank is half km from Gundica temple. Mahaprabhu took water from here to cleanse Gundica temple. There are 3 main temples here: Indradyumna Maharaja’s temple on left side near tank, a large Saksi Gopala temple on right side and Nilakantesvara Mahadeva Siva temple mid way down the stairs leading to the sarovara.
The hunter Jara Savara accidentally killed Krishna and cremated him. Krishna appeared in Jara’s dreams and told him that his remains would transform into a log that would float from the sea to the Rohini Kunda.Indradyumna with Jara’s help located the holy log from which the idol of Jagannath was carved. The rohini Kund is also associated with miracles associated with lord brahma.
3. Markandeya Sarovara is considered the starting point of pilgrimage, for pilgrims to Puri. The Markandeya Tank is supposed to be at the site where god saved sage Markandeya. At this spot, Markandeya is supposed to have meditated for a very long time.
4. Swetaganga Tank is located to the south of Nilachal. According to Mahabharat the Swetaganga is created from the nail of Lord Vishnu. The Swetaganga is situated in between Lions gate and Swargadwar. This Ganga is from the bottom of the earth and the wateris sacred. Before visiting Lord Jagannath the pilgrims after bathed in Sea again takes a bath on Swetaganga and visits Lord Jagannath.
5. Mahodadhi: Ocean here is not just a pilgrimage place; it is a maha-tirtha, a great pilgrimage site. The Sea also called the Mahodadhi is considered a sacred bathing spot in the Swargadwar area.