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Jun 03, 2009 at 09:07pm IST

God's own kitchen vies for no record

Puri (Orissa): Have you ever wondered where the world’s biggest kitchen is?

With 250 ovens, 150 cooks and more than 100 dishes a time, the Jagannath temple in Puri has the world’s largest kitchen that can feed more than one lakh people at a time.

The temple earns more than 10 lakh rupees everyday from the Maha-Prasad made in the kitchen.

FEEDING MANY: Jagannath temple in Puri can feed more than one lakh people at a time.

"It is said to be the biggest kitchen in the world and it is believed that Lord Vishnu takes his food here,” says chief administrator of the temple, Suresh Mahapatra.

In keeping with this demand, nearly 250 households in the nearby Kumharpada village are engaged in making the earthen utensils used here. The kitchen needs more than 10,000 of them everyday.

"This is what we have been doing from our fore fathers. Although we do not earn much from this we feel proud that our labour has been rendered to the service of the Lord,” says a devotee, Gopinath Patihari.

The temple has still not found any place in record books for the simple reason that they do not want anyone to enter into the kitchen for record sake and break the sanctity of the place, according to the temple administration.

However, the Jagannath temple is clearly one of the largest temples in the world.