When the Britishers were attacked by the Langurs

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There is a wonderful story prevalent in the folklore of Jagannath Puri. Once, the Britishers, while they were still ruling over India, heard about Lord Jagannath and decided to go take darshan in the temple. Although they were aware that no non-hindus are allowed inside the temple, yet, thinking themselves to be the rulers, they decided to go in anyhow by making use of their power. Hearing about this, all the pandas, being frail and afraid of the Britishers, went and hid inside the temple and prayed to Lord Jagannath to arrange for a solution to the situation. When the Britishers, all determined to go inside the temple, arrived in front of the Singha dwar, the main door of the temple, they saw that there were no pandas there to stop them and started marching towards the door. But before they could even place one foot inside the temple, they were assaulted by hundreds of Langurs (hanuman monkeys), who descended upon them from all directions, even though no one had noticed them before. The Britishers, although highly trained in combat and warfare, were left baffled by the attack and started retreating. After having stopped them from going inside the temple, the langurs eventually dispersed, leaving them all in a state of shock and surprise. They could understand that they were not allowed inside and that mere power could not get them inside the sacred temple of Lord Jagannath. When the Pandas saw what had happened, they cam out and asked them whether they were really eager to see Lord Jagannath. When they showed their eagerness to take darshan of the Lord, the servants of Lord Jagannath made them all sit down in a row and started serving them the Mahaprasad of Lord Jagannath, saying that the prasad of Lord Jagannath is also a form of the Lord himself and that they would be blessed by the Lord just by taking his prasad. They all then honoured the Mahaprasad of the Lord and returned back happily. All glories to Lord Jagannath and All glories to his Mahaprasad.