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Murti of Jagannath Worshipped in Puri Jagannath Temple is the Body of Sri Krishna

There is a widespread belief that the murti (idol) worshipped in the PuriJagannathTemple is the body of Sri Krishna. It is stated that the great Niladri Temple of Lord Jagannath was once on a huge blue hill surrounded by a dense forest. During the fag end of Dwapara Yuga, Sri Krishna came to the present area of JagannathTemple and was resting under a tree. Jara Sabara, a hunter who was searching for the day’s kill, saw the two feet of Sri Krishna and thought it to be the ears of a deer – the feet were so soft and red in color.
He shot an arrow and it struck the feet. As desired by Sri Krishna, this led to the end of the Dwapara Yuga and the departure of Sri Krishna from earth.
When the hunter realized that he had killed a human being, he tried to burn the body. But it was the body of Sri Krishna; it could never be burnt.
So the hunter took the body of Sri Krishna to the sea and left it at Banki Muhana near Puri.
Thousands of years passed and the body became a fossil wood.
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Thoughts on Sri Jagannath – Symbolism in Puri Jagannath Murti

Symbolism in Puri Jagannath Murti by Yogavidyavachaspati Pandit Ramakanta Kar Published in the Orissa Review of June 2004

Sri Jagannath is the Lord of the Universe.
The Murti of Lord signifies both Purush (Male) and Prakruti (female). Sri Jagannath, Sri Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra are imagined by trantriks as Dakshinakali, Tara and Bhubaneswari
Vaishnavas think Sri Jagannath, Sri Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra are Vishnu or Krishna, Shiva and Brahma respectively.
Sri Jagannath was also known to be worshipped as Shiva (Purusha) and Shakti (Prakriti), His lower part resembling Shiva Linga and the upper part as omnipotent Goddess Durga. So Sri Jagannath is imagined as Dakshinakali, the deity of destruction.
In the 15th century Adikavi (the first poet of Orissa) Sarala Das has mentioned in his "Sarala Mahabharat", that the image of Sri Jagannath, Sri Balabhadra and Subhadra were built out of the unburnt and imperishable body turned Daru (wood) of Sri Krishna by Sri Vishnu …