About 450 years ago this area where now stands SHREE JAGANNATHJI MANDIR CAMPUS, was a thick forest beside the river SABARMATI in the East and the city limit ended at theJamalpurDarwaja in the North.
Sadhus normally seek places of solitude beside rivers away from the noise of cities. Thus an itinerant sadhu Shree HANUMANDASJI by name happened to visit Ahmedabad and found this jungle area suitable for his stay. Being a devotee of RAMBHAKT MARUTI, he laid his deity’s idol, which is worshiped till this day. During his stay some miraculous happening altracted people from the neighbouring areas, which has become the root cause to developed this place into a modest temple.
His successor sadhu Shree SARANGDASJI happened to be a devotee of Lord Jagannath . He had an urge to pay a visit to The JagannathMandir at PURI (Orissa) and some local associates of his joined him in the pilgrimage. One night while he was sleeping at the Dharmshala of the Puritemple , he had visionary instruction from Lord Jagannath to go back to Ahmedabad and install there the idols of the Holy Trinity Lord Jagannath with his elder brother Lord BALDEVJI and sister Goddess SUBHADRAJI. Thus, the Maruti temple became Shree JagannathjiMandir. A cowshed was built and since then began the GAU SEVA.
The next successor was sadhu Shree BALMUKUND DASJI and Shree NARSINHDASJI was the fourth Mahant known for his dedicated enthusiasm for multiferious religious activities aided by his equally generous devotees.
Shree NARSINHDASJI got the temple renovated, a fully developed Gaushala started rendering yeoman service, ‘‘SADAVRAT’’ was started ensuring two meals a day for the needy, irrespective of caste and creed distinctions. In 1957 in SINHASTH KUMBHA MELA at PrayagMahant Shree Narsinhdasji was honoured by the title “MAHAMANDALESHWAR’’ by the SADHU SAMAJ.
The annual RathYatra coincides with the RathYatra in Puri. As per tradition elephants have the first glimpse of Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra and lead the procession. The Chief Minister of Gujarat performs the ‘PahindVidhi’ or the symbolic cleaning of the path for chariot of Jagannath for the rathyatra, after which the procession begins.Therathyatra entourage passes through different parts of the city of Ahmedabad covering a distance of about 14-km. The yatra halts at Saraspur, where the locals offer ‘MahaBhoj’ to the entire entourage of devotees of Lord Jagannath. It is celebrated as ‘Lokotsav’ or public festival of the state of Gujarat. The Ahmedabad RathYatra is the oldest and largest RathYatra festival after the RathYatra festival in Puri, and are celebrated on the same day.
6:00am to 8:00pm during this time you can visit the temple.