No deity is more open to interpretation than the Lord Jagannath of Puri. Though being worshipped as another form of Lord Krishna, Jagannath cannot be more different to that sublime flute-player. In form and spirit Lord Jagannath inspires an awe quite lacking in Krishna. His 12th century temple at Puri certainly hides a lot of eerie mystery. Was Lord Jagannath really a pre-Aryan totem revered by the tribal Sabars? Was He aryanized duly in a process of political overpowering? Was His following among all caused a forced metamorphosis? Whoever He might be, He possesses a universality that is best satisfied during Rathayatra—or on the day He comes out into a heterogeneous mass. Melting all classes and cultures into a homogeneous wave of believers is His great magic. People emerge from everywhere to drag His chariot.