Most Impressive Weapon of Shree Vishnu: Neela Chakra
Here I am giving the details of the most worshipped and distinctly visible ” Neela Chakra” ( Blue Wheel) that lies at the top of Shree Jagannath temple. The wheel is supposed to be Shree Vishnu’s most impressive weapon, Sudarshana Chakra (circle). Inside the Shree Jagannath temple, Shree Vishnu’s wheel is additionally venerated for the sake of ‘Sudarshana’. However inside the temple, Sudarshana doesn’t look like a wheel, but looking like a little wooden pillar to one side of the idol of Shree Jagannath.
It is accepted that a similar Sudarshana is additionally at the highest point of the temple and is known by the name of Neela Chakra ( or Blue Wheel). The wheel is an alloy of eight metals including iron, copper, zinc, mercury, lead, brass, silver and gold. It’s circumference is around 36 feet and it is so designed having a wheel inside the wheel. The circumference of the inner wheel is around 26 feet. Eight center points combine the internal and the external wheels. There are enlivening designs on the external wheel. The thickness of the Neela Chakra is 2 inches and weight is around 2200 kg .
The Blue Wheel, at the pinnacle of this stupendous 214 feet high Jagannath Temple, fills exceptionally functional need actually by shielding the skyscraper temple from thunder strokes and lightning. The eight metal alloy has the ability to retain the savagery of thunderclaps and hence the massive stone monument remains safe. There is a four-inch wide metal-plate which serves the purpose as an earthing. It interfaces the well in the southern side of the temple near the Goddess Vimala temple. This metal plate is around 300 feet in length.
The Garuda/ Chunara Sevakas are entrusted with the responsibility of tying and untying the flags, on the top of Neelachakra . Devotees pay a certain price to the Shree Jagannath temple administration committee for offering flags to be fastened on the Neelachakra.
Some factual details of Neelachakra
Weight 2200 kg
Diameter of the outer circle 7’6″
Thickness of Paridhi. 2 inch
Width of Paridhi 9 inch
Diameter of central circle. 2’6″
Number of wheel bars 8
Length of each wheel bar 1’10”
Dr. Manoj Mishra