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Jagannath Temple
British Library Or. MS 13938
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'Patas', or paintings on cloth, showing the sacred geography of pilgrimage sites, are a traditional feature of many of the great shrines of Hindu India, and this one is devoted to the temple of Jagannath at Puri in Orissa on the east coast of India.

The temple is dedicated to Vishnu in his form as Jagannatha or Lord of the World. In the centre are the cult images of Jagannatha, with his brother Balarama and sister Subhadra, installed in the great temple with its surrounding wall, while within the town wall are representations of other important shrines and cult images, mostly devoted to Siva. Surrounding the whole are representations of the incarnations of Vishnu, of episodes from the life of Rama and that of Krishna, and of the various iconographic representations of the chief deities of Puri.

The painting was produced at Puri in the mid 19th century.

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