There are a few
legends regarding the origin of the Jagarnath temple at Jagarnathpur. According to the
aboriginals, an Oraon servant of the Thakur of Barka- garh Estate, within which Jagarnath-
pur falls, had accompanied the Thakur to Puri. The Oraon servant had become an ardent
devotee of Lord Jagarnath at Puri and fasted Continuously for seven days and nights.
a week's fast he felt hungry at about mid-night and asked for food when everyone was
asleep. He muttered a few words that he was hungry and suddenly he saw a man bringing him
food and water in gold vessels. Next morning the temple authorities found that the gold
vessels, which were the property of the Mandir, were missing from the locked room. The
servant came to know of the commotion about the theft and produced the gold vessels which
had been left by his side.