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Emerging of a celestial tree

(Ref: Skanda Purana - Purushottama Kshetra Mahatmya - 18)

Jagannath temple, Puri, Puri district, OdishaMeditation: I meditate on king Indradyumna performing thousand horse sacrifices to make Lord Jagannatha visible.

Emerging of a celestial tree: On the last day of the last sacrifice when the Sutya rite (extraction of Soma) was being performed, the servants reported to the king that a celestial tree was seen at the sea shore whose fragrance spreads across the whole surroundings. Sage Narada told the king that the hair of Sri Vishnu had incarnated as the tree. He instructed the king to complete the horse sacrifice and install the tree in the sacrificial altar. When the tree was installed, an ethereal voice told the king to conceal the sacrificial altar for fifteen days during which time a carpenter will build the divine idols of the Lord. Music should be played during this time to hide the sound of carving.


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