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The Car of Juggernaut, as depicted in the 1851 Illustrated London Reading Book

The term juggernaut is used to describe any literal or metaphorical force regarded as unstoppable; that will crush all in its path. In Britain, it is also used to refer to any large and heavy lorry.

The word is derived from a title for the Hindu deity Vishnu avatar Krishna, the Sanskrit Jagannāth, meaning "lord of the world". One of the most famous of temples in India is the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa, which has the Ratha Yatra (chariot procession), an annual procession of chariots carrying the murtis/statues of Jagannâth (Lord Krishna), Subhadra and Balabhadra. During the British colonial era, Christian missionaries promulgated a myth that Hindu devotees of Krishna were lunatic fanatics who threw themselves under the wheels of these chariots in order to attain salvation. The fact is that devotees have sometimes been crushed accidentally in the past as the massive 45 feet multi ton chariot slipped out of control. Many were also killed in the resulting stampedes. The sight led the Englishmen to call similar events as Juggernaut. The government officers and temple priests managing the festival take elaborate precautions to protect people from injury during these processions.


The Juggernaut is a comic book character in the fictional Marvel Universe.


Juggernaut is a 1974 film. Directed by Richard Lester. It stars Richard Harris as Fallon.


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