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juggernaut


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Juggernaut  \Jug"ger*naut`\,  n.  [Skr.  jagann[=a]tha  lord  of  the 
  world.] 
  One  of  the  names  under  which  Vishnu,  in  his  incarnation  as 
  Krishna,  is  worshiped  by  the  Hindoos.  [Written  also 
  {Juggernnath},  {Jaganath},  {Jaganatha},  etc.] 
 
  Note:  The  principal  seat  of  the  worship  of  Juggernaut  is  at 
  P[^u]ri  in  Orissa.  At  certain  times  the  idol  is  drawn 
  from  the  temple  by  the  multitude,  on  a  high  car  with 
  sixteen  wheels.  Formerly,  fanatics  sometimes  threw 
  themselves  under  the  wheels  to  be  crushed  as  a 
  sacrifice  to  the  god. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Jagannath  \Jag"an*nath\,  Jagannatha  \Jag`an*na"tha\,  n.  Also 
  Juggernaut  \Jug"ger*naut\  [Hind.  Jagan-n[=a]th  lord  of  the 
  world,  Skr.  jagann[=a]tha.]  (Hinduism) 
  A  particular  form  of  Vishnu,  or  of  Krishna,  whose  chief  idol 
  and  worship  are  at  Puri,  in  Orissa.  The  idol  is  considered  to 
  contain  the  bones  of  Krishna  and  to  possess  a  soul.  The 
  principal  festivals  are  the  Snanayatra  when  the  idol  is 
  bathed,  and  the  Rathayatra  when  the  image  is  drawn  upon  a 
  car  adorned  with  obscene  paintings.  Formerly  it  was 
  erroneously  supposed  that  devotees  allowed  themselves  to  be 
  crushed  beneath  the  wheels  of  this  car  It  is  now  known  that 
  any  death  within  the  temple  of  Jagannath  is  considered  to 
  render  the  place  unclean,  and  any  spilling  of  blood  in  the 
  presence  of  the  idol  is  a  pollution. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  juggernaut 
  n  1:  a  massive  inexorable  force  that  seems  to  crush  everything  in 
  its  way 
  2:  an  avatar  of  Vishnu  [syn:  {Jagannath},  {Jagannatha},  {Jagganath}, 
  {Juggernaut}] 
  3:  a  crude  idol  of  Krishna 




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