Built in the 11th century during the Chandela period, Lord Jagannath Temple is entirely made up of stone. The carved pillars of the temple are actually associated with that particular era as well. It is these pillars that encircled the idols of Lord Jagannath, Baldao, and Subhadra that provide support for a framework on the top of which has the embellished stone slab amassed with more stone slabs. This is how the temple becomes completely innovative and unique. This naturally paves the way to prod into the temple’s architecture. Well, the dome-shaped stone slab being unique which looks exactly like Mughal-styled domes and they symbolize the chariot that was driven by Krishna for His friend Arjuna in the Kurukshetra war. While you could see two different domes on the top, the one behind the first dome is seen with a wheel on the top. Even the petal designs of the wall symbolize divine beauty as well as purity. Lord Jagganath is also an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and called as “Lotus-eyed one” frequently.

The temple was actually managed by a priest and he continued to live in the courtyard along with his family for years. Later, it was handed over to the archeological department and then they banned burning incense sticks, performing aarti, and offering the idols. But presently, it is under the state of the archeological department and it does not take any step to conserve the heritage and religion of the temple.

How about the temple predicting the start of the monsoon? Well, the specialty of this temple is that it would predict the downpour which is completely new to learn. The water droplets are seen to be accumulating on the ceiling of the temple at Bhitargaon Behata in the Ghatampur area. Here is where it is believed to forecast the upcoming monsoon season to be good or bad. Famously known as “Rain Temple”, the temple is older than you think as it is built in the 11th century. Here, the size of the water droplets would predict how good or bad the monsoon. If the size of the water droplets is big, then it is believed to have a good rainfall season. But if it is small, then there would be the possibility of drought. It would also help farmers to make enough time to arrange to sow crops and mend things at their houses. This is how the prediction through raindrops would give the cue to the farmers to be ready for either the light or heavy monsoon.

The most astonishing thing of all is that the dome dries up just 12 hours before the monsoon arrives and there is no sign of dripping when the monsoon comes. The prediction of monsoon drops is true for several years and no media or research could find an answer for this mysterious occurrence or prediction which is extremely amazing.