FAQ

Who is Jagannatha?
Lord Jagannath is a very special and merciful form of Lord Krishna. The word “Jagannatha” means “Lord of the Universe.” He is always in company with his brother Lord Balaram and his sister Lady Subhadra.
How does Jagannatha appear?
There are two causes for his unique appearance. First is the story of how Krishna appeared to King Indradyuma and ordered him to carve a deity from a log he would find washed up on the sea shore. King Indradyuma found an old brahmin carpenter to carve the deity, but the carpenter insisted that he not be disturbed while he was carving the deity. The king waited anxiously outside his room, but after some time, all sound stopped. Indradyuma worried what had happened, and opened the doors – to find a half-finished deity and the carpenter gone! The second reason for Lord Jagannatha’s appearance is the story of how Krishna was eavesdropping on the gopis as they spoke amongst themselves of His pastimes. And of how much they loved him. As Krishna listened, His hairs stood on end, His arms retracted, His eyes grew larger and larger and He smiled broadly in ecstacy. That is why Jagannatha looks as He does. With great big round eyes and a huge smile from ear to ear.
How can I take a part in helping the festival to be a success?
You can come and join in! Would you like to enjoy serving Jagannatha even more? The festival is only possible by the selfless assistance of many volunteers – more details here. Also you can donate to festival here.
Is there any entry fee for the festival?
The festival has no entry fee! It’s free entry for everyone. So bring along your friends and family!
Is it an all day festival?
The festival starts at 11 am and goes on till 6 pm. Beginning with the opening ceremony at Novi Civic Center and after a 3 mile parade from the Civic Center to Fuerst park, which is the festival site.
What kind of ethnic shopping will be available?
There will be traditional Indian clothes, accessories and jewelry available for purchase.
Will there be activities for kids?
There will be a kids tent where there will be many arts and craft activities for kids.
Will there be food available all day?
Govindas catering will be distributing free food till 3pm. We also have a wonderful food court with many exciting varieties to try.
How big is the chariot?
The chariot is 40 ft tall in height.
What about parking and restroom facilities?
There will be plenty of FREE parking at the Novi High School and Novi Civic Center. Restrooms will be available at the Novi Library

 

You can come and join in!

Would you like to enjoy serving Jagannatha even more?

The festival is only possible by the selfless assistance of many volunteers – more details here.

Also you can donate to festival here.

Jaya Jagannatha!

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