The icon of Jagannath in his temples is a brightly painted, rough-hewn log of neem wood.The image consists of a square flat head, a pillar that represents his face merging with the chest. The icon lacks a neck, ears, and limbs, which is identified by a large circular face symbolizing someone who is without beginning and without end.
Within this face are two big symmetric circular eyes with no eyelids, one eye symbolizing the sun and the other the moon, features traceable in 17th-century paintings. He is shown with tilak, the Vaishnava U-shaped mark on his forehead. His dark color and other facial features are an abstraction of the cosmic form of Krishna. In some contemporary Jagannath temples, two stumps pointing forward in a hug-giving position represent his hands.