Definitions for juggernautˈdʒʌg ərˌnɔt, -ˌnɒt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Jug•ger•nautˈdʒʌg ərˌnɔt, -ˌnɒt(n.)
(often l.c.) any large, overpowering, destructive force or object.
(often l.c.) anything requiring blind devotion or cruel sacrifice.
an idol of Krishna, at Puri in Orissa, India, annually drawn on a huge cart under whose wheels devotees are said to have thrown themselves to be crushed.
Category: Eastern Religions
Origin of Juggernaut:
1630–40; < Hindi Jagannāth < Skt Jagannātha lord of the world
a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way
Jagannath, Jagannatha, Jagganath, Juggernaut(noun)
an avatar of Vishnu
a crude idol of Krishna
A literal or metaphorical force or object regarded as unstoppable, that will crush all in its path.
A large, cumbersome truck or lorry, especially an artic (typically used somewhat disparagingly).
An institution that incites destructive devotion or to which people are carelessly sacrificed.
Origin: From Hindustani जगन्नाथ/ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥ/ جگناتھ, from जगन्नाथ (), a title for the Hindu deity Vishnu's avatar Krishna. English form influenced by suffix -naut.
one of the names under which Vishnu, in his incarnation as Krishna, is worshiped by the Hindoos
A juggernaut in colloquial English usage is a literal or metaphorical force regarded as mercilessly destructive and unstoppable. In British English, it also used to mean a large heavy truck or articulated lorry. Originating ca. 1850, the term is a metaphorical reference to the Hindu Ratha Yatra temple car, which apocryphally was reputed to crush devotees under its wheels. The word is derived from the Sanskrit Jagannātha "world-lord", one of the names of Krishna found in the Sanskrit epics. The English loanword juggernaut in the sense of "a huge wagon bearing an image of a Hindu god" is from the 17th century, inspired by the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha, which has the Ratha Yatra, an annual procession of chariots carrying the murtis of Jagannâth, Subhadra and Balabhadra. The first European description of this festival is found in the 14th-century The Travels of Sir John Mandeville, which apocryphally describes Hindus, as a religious sacrifice, casting themselves under the wheels of these huge chariots and being crushed to death. Others have suggested more prosaically that the deaths, if any, were accidental and caused by the press of the crowd and the general commotion.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
(22) or Puri, a town on the S. coast of Orissa, in Bengal; one of the holy places of India, with a temple dedicated to Vishnu, and containing an idol of him called Jagannâtha (or the Lord of the World), which, in festival times, attracts thousands of pilgrims to worship at its shrine, on one of which occasions the idol is dragged forth in a ponderous car by the pilgrims and back again, under the wheels of which, till prohibited, multitudes would throw themselves to be crushed to death in the hope of thereby attaining a state of eternal beatitude.
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