Juggernaut Jug"ger*naut`, n. [Skr. jagann[=a]tha lord of the world.] 1. One of the names under which Vishnu, in his incarnation as Krishna, is worshiped by the Hindus. See also {Jagannath}. [Written also {Juggernnath}, {Jaganath}, {Jagannath}, {Jaganatha}, {Jagannatha}, etc.] [1913 Webster]

Note: The principal seat of the worship of Juggernaut (Jagannath) 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. 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 fanatical devotees threw themselves under the wheels of this car, to be crushed as a sacrifice to the god. 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. As a result of this erroneous belief, however, the word {juggernaut} is now used principally in the figurative sense 2. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. Any large, unstoppable force, power, or popular movement which defeats or destroys any person who gets in its way or attempts to stop it; as, for years the Notre Dame football team was an unstoppable juggernaut; after the early primaries, Johnson's campaign became a juggernaut, crushing all rivals. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Jagannatha — (schwarz) mit seinen „Geschwistern“ Balabhadra (weiß) und Shubhadra (gelb) in einem Dorf Tempel in Orissa. Im Vordergrund in Verehrungspose Garuda, der Begleitvogel von Vishnu. Jagannatha (Sanskrit: जगन्नाथ, Jagannātha; Jagat wörtl. Welt,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Jagannatha — Jagannâtha Temple dans la campagne orissaise avec Balabhadra, Subhadra et Jagannâtha Sommaire 1 La divinité …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Jagannatha —   [dʒ ; Sanskrit »Herr der Welt«], Juggernaut [ dʒʌgənɔːt], eine Form des dunkelhäutigen Hindugottes Vishnu Krishna, die v. a. in Bengalen und Orissa verehrt wird. Das Hauptheiligtum des Jagannatha in Puri (Cuttack, Orissa) ist eine der… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Jagannâtha — Temple dans la campagne orissaise avec Balabhadra, Subhadra et Jagannâtha Sommaire 1 La divinité …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Jagannatha — or Jagannath Form under which Krishna is worshiped at Puri, Orissa, a famous religious center of India. His temple at Puri dates from the 12th century. The Rathayatra, or Chariot Festival, is held in his honor each year in June or July. An image… …   Universalium

  • Jagannatha — Jagannath Jag an*nath, Jagannatha Jag an*na tha, Jaganatha Jag a*nat ha,, prop. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jagannatha — Forma bajo la cual Krishna es adorado en Puri, Orissa, un famoso centro religioso de India. Su templo en Puri data del s. XII. El festival del carro o Rathayatra se celebra en su honor cada año en junio o julio. Una imagen del dios es colocada… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Jagannātha — biographical name the brother of Gaurīdāsa Paṇḍita …   The Bhaktivedanta encyclopedia

  • Jagannatha — noun an avatar of Vishnu • Syn: ↑Jagannath, ↑Jagganath, ↑Juggernaut • Instance Hypernyms: ↑avatar …   Useful english dictionary

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