Lord Shree Jagannath Temple is a magnificent creation of Kalinga Cultural Trust to provide a sacred place for worship and to arouse divine thoughts in mind and hearts of people. The temple strictly adheres to the principles of sanctity, equity, discipline and cleanliness. The temple is an architectural delight and is a destination to experience peace and tranquility. The temple premise vibrates with the energy of the divine and renders an unique and unforgettable feeling. Enter the precincts of the Majestic Lord Jagannath Temple at Road No.12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad and you will like to visit again and again being drawn closer to the God.
The Temple has been built by Kalinga Cultural Trust and consecrated in March 2009. The Temple is a replica of the Puri Jagannath Temple with close resemblance to it in many aspects. The idea of the Temple at the present location at Hyderabad was mooted in 1992 by a small group of Odias having deep reverence for "Lord Jagannath the highest expression of God and symbol of cosmic energy. Years passed by Homas, Yagnas, Pujas, Kirtans to invoke blessings of the Lord for construction of the Holy Temple went futile. Time was probably not ripe and God not unwilling. It was only in 2004; a series of unexpected development resulted in commencement of construction of the magnificent Temple as Artisans & Sculptors landed up on their own to complete the mission as if ordained by God. More than 100 devoted workers toiled for about five years and the construction of the main Temple and Temple for Lord Ganesh, Anjaneya Swamy, Maa Vimala, Maa Laxmi, Lord Shiva and Nabagrah was completed in March 2009. The Temple replicates the Puri Jagannath Temple with Vimana/Devla (Garbha Gruha), Mukhashala (Jagan Mohan), Nata Mandir (dancing hall) and Bhoga mandap (offering enclave). The intricate stone carvings, craftsmanship, sculptures of the temple arouse unique aesthetic feelings in devotees. The upa-Devalayams are equally spectacular and arouses spiritual feelings. The mythological and religious murals on the boundary wall consisting of history of construction of the Jagannath temple at Puri, Dasha Avatar and mysteries and miracles of God and Goddesses in different form and stage are educative and enlightening. The lighting of the temple has been artistically planned and gives a spectacular appearance at night.
Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra adorn the sanctum sanctorum of the main temple the Mukhya devalayam. The upa-devalayam of Lord Ganesh, Maa Vimala, Maa Laxmi, Sri Anjaneya Swamy, Lord Shiva (Kasi Viswanath) and Navagrahas deeply enhance the spiritual temper of the devotees.
Shree Jagannath i.e Jagat (the universe), Nath (the Lord) the Lord of the Universe is the manifestation of knowledge, power, majesty, strength, energy and self-sufficiency. He is the remover of sin, savior of the fallen soul and giver of salvation. Lord of the masses and Lord of the suffering humanity, He responds to all beyond the barrier of the caste, creed, religion faith and race.
The Kalinga Cultural Trust initially organized festivals like Ganesh Utsav, Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja with humble arrangements. However, the Kalinga Cultural Trust took its first significant step to laying a strong foundation for its future with the decision to construct an Integrated Complex with Function Hall and office space. The construction of the Trust Function Hall marked a significant development in orienting and intensifying the activities of the Trust. The Function Hall provided the much needed space and platform to organize cultural and spiritual activities of the Trust on a larger scale. Today, the KCT Function Hall is leased out for functions and ceremonies and also continues to be utilized for promotion of cultural and social activities of the Trust.
Jagannath Temple Banjara Hills.A major spiritual destination in Hyderabad and synonymous with Kalinga Cultural Trust. The divine blessings of Lord Jagannath, the unwavering faith of the Trust, the unseen sacrifices and hardwork of the Trust members, the trials and tribulations witnessed the making of destiny and a realization of a long cherished dream of the Trust and the Odia Community in Hyderabad. Lord Shree Jagannath was initiated in the magnificent premises of the Jagannath Temple Banjara Hills , a replica of the Renowned Puri Jagannath Temple giving opportunity to his devotees in Hyderabad to experience His divinity. The Temple with beautiful murals, intricate architecture, serene ambience and abundant spirituality attract huge visitors and also is a sought after destination for pilgrims on important occasions. Jagannath Nilayam, constructed by the Trust adjacent to the Temple provides excellent accommodation to the Temple staff and volunteers associated with the temple activities. CHAKADOLA- A unique Light and Sound Show on Jagannath Cult introduced in 2018 in the premises of the temple has been the cynosure of all activities associated with the temple. Created through a distinct Video Mapping Technology, it takes the viewers through the breath-taking journey of evolution of the Jagannath Cult. The Mahaprasad offered in the temple premises provides a heavenly experience to the taste buds of the devotees.
The Kalinga Cultural Trust has been a harbinger of celebration of Hindu festivals in Hyderabad. While Ganesh Utsav, DurgaMahotsavam, Saraswati Puja, Mahasivaratri are celebrated with great pomp and splendor, the most awaited event of the Regious Calendar of the trust is the grandly organized RathYatra Car Festival. The Kalinga Cultural Trust organizes the RathYatra Car festival on a massive scale giving devotees an experience of their lifetime and a visual feast when Lord Jagannath along with his brother Lord Balaram and sister GodessSubhadra ride their decorated Chariots pulled by thousands of frenzied devotees, recreating a feeling of the Puri RathYatra in Hyderabad.
The Kalinga Cultural Trust endeavor’s constantly to promote the cultural richness of Odia Community. Through programmes on the occasions of Utkal Divas, Durga Puja and other events, the Trust has provided a platform for the promotion of Odissi, GotiPuo and other dance forms of Odisha and strives to preserve the relevance of the dance forms and age old traditions in the fast changing society.
The Kalinga Cultural Trust has always believed in expanding the horizons of its activities. The divine blessings of Lord Jagannath has provided immense strength to the trust members to undertake numerous charitable and social activities. Impressed by the construction and management of the Jagannath Temple at Banjara Hills, Sri JB Patnaik, the then Governor of Assam, sought the assistance of Kalinga Cultural Trust to guide the construction project of Jagannath Temple at Dibrugarh. The Trust was instrumental in playing a pivotal role in the design and conception of the Jagannath Temple at Dibrugarh located in a sprawling campus of 2 acres. The Kalinga Cultural Trust also facilitated the construction of Jagannath Temple at Bolaram, Hyderabad through financial assistance and also steered the project to completion including establishing the administrative structure for the management. The Kalinga Cultural Trust has deeply been deeply involved in preserving the traditional culture of Odisha and in this direction it has made tireless efforts to preserve the fading dance forms of Odisha like Odissi and GotiPuo by supporting the activities of Konark NatyaMandapam.” ManavSeva hi MadhavSeva”.This spirit assimilated by the Trust has made a perceivable difference in the lives of many individuals and groups through the activities of the Trust. PadmasriDoitariNaik, a relentless worker, who along with his brothers manually on their own dug up a canal to bring water to their village but now struggling to meet his livelihood is being provided monthly financial assistance by the Trust. Another Padmasri Awardee, Sri Prakash Rao of Cuttack who perseveres to educate Slum Children is provided regular financial assistance and sponsorship for his noble activity by the Trust. Swimmer Shiv, who saved several drowning persons in HussainSagar in Hyderabad was identified by the Trust and is being provided monthly financial assistance for his livelihood. The Trust also financially supports the VandeMataram Group which is involved in skill development of children in rural Govt. Schools in Telangana. Honorarium to Odia Cultural Troupes and Kirtan Groups in Hyderabad, medical aid to the needy, sponsoring of cultural programmes in Central University, DRDO and other institutions, financial assistance to CM Relief Fund and victims of Cyclone and Super Cyclone in Odisha are few of the many other social, cultural and charitable activities of the Trust that has made a quintessential impact in the lives of large number individuals and groups.
The juggernaut of Kalinga Cultural Trust continues with the divine blessings of Lord Jagannath. The mission of the trust is to connect spiritual, cultural, religious, social and charitable dimensions of societal development and enhance the contribution of Odia community in Hyderabad and across India in this direction. The Kalinga Cultural Trust envisions the preservance and revival of the spiritual and cultural richness of Utkal and Odisha and the legendary history of Kalinga and the Trust continues to strive to achieve many more milestones in future.