Juggernaut is an English version of the Hindustani name Jaganath. It was the eponym given to Krishna, chief Hindu deity and Lord of the World. In Hindu belief Juggernaut is the name of a great idol to the god Vishnu. During the summer worship festival, his image is mounted on an enormous decorated cart and then pulled by hundreds of pilgrims from its temple at Puri, in Orissa, over the sand to another sanctuary. The cart is 35 feet square and 45 feet high and has sixteen wheels, each seven feet in diameter. The journey takes several days. The belief that pilgrims purposely hurl themselves under the wheels of the cart on the last day of the journey to ensure their admittance into heaven is without foundation. People crushed needlessly or ruthlessly by customs or institutions are said to be sacrificing themselves to some sweeping force they cannot stop. They are victims, because a juggernaut cannot be stopped, and it will destroy anything that stands in its path. It is a moving force like a locomotive or a football fullback.

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