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| It is situated about 10km. from the Albert
Ekka Chowk. The old temple of lord Jagannath was built
in 1691 in architectural style of Puri Temple. It stands
like a fort on the top of the hill. Its car/chariot festival
held in the light part of Ashadhmas draws a big crowd
comprising of tribals and non-tribals. HEC Township nearby
is an added attraction to this site.
Temple in Ranchi was built by Thakur Ani Nath Shahdeo,
king of Barkagarh Jagannathpur, on 25th December 1691.
About 10km from Albert Ekka chowk (Firayalal chowk Lance
Naik (LCpl) Albert Ekka (1942-71) was a soldier in the
Indian army. He died in service in the Battle of Hilli,
during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. He was
posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India's highest
award for valour in the face of the enemy,)
Similar to the famous Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa,
this temple is built in the same architectural style,
although smaller. And similar to the Rath Yatra in Puri,
an annual fair cum rath yatra is held at this temple
too, attracting thousands of tribal and non-tribal devotees
not only from Ranchi but also from neighbouring villages
and towns. The temple collapsed on 6th August 1990.
The reconstruction was started on 8th February 1992
and is still continuing.
About 39 km. From Ranchi on Tata Road near Bundu stands
on the desolate bush green the elegant Sun temple fashioned
in the form of huge chariot with richly decorated 18
wheels and seven life like horses ready to take of.
Built by Sanskrit Vihar headed by Shri Ram Maroo, the
managing director of Ranchi Express, the sun temple
deserves the title "a poem in stone". The
surroundings of the temple, studded with a pond serving
as a sacred place for Chhathavratis are actually a natures
bounty to the peple of Chotanagpur. A beautiful dharmashala
, meant for the pilgrims. The all weather motorable
road upto the temple premises is likely to attract tourists
who will be captivated to behold the newly built sun
temple in the placid and serene surrounding leading
to its celestial bueaties.