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The entry of the deities to Shree Mandira is called Niladri Bije. After several days of Ratha Jatra, the deities alight from their chariots and enter Badadeula.
On the day of Suna Bhesa the lords observe fast. Adharapana is offered to the deities on each chariot to break their Ekadashi fast.
Suna Bhesa is done 5 times a year, four times on Ratnasinghasana and one time on chariots.
Hera panchami is a unique ritual conducted every year on the fifth day of Ratha Jatra. The ritual has special significance and displays how the deities live a social life that reflects Odia culture.
The name of the chariot of lord Jagannatha is Nandighosha. It is also called Chakradwaja and Garudadwaja.
Pahandi originates from the Sanskrit word Padamundanam meaning in local dialect a slow step by step movement with spreading of feet. A special technique & method of carrying the idols from Ratnasinghasana to their respective chariots by the sebayatas.
Naba Jaubana Darshan : On the eve of the Ratha Yatra the freshly painted deities are gorgeously dressed and decorated for the ritual.
Idols become alive and suitable for worship only after netra utshaba ritual. In this ritual the eyes of the deities are finally touched and painted and they become alive for worship. It is followed by another festivity known as Naba Jaubana Darshana.
Every year only the chariots are made new in Rath Yatra whereas the Sarathi (charioteer), Ghoda (horses), Kalasa (Crowning element) and Parswa Devatas are newly made only during Nabakalebara
Dwarapala Puja symbolizes the worship of the celestial gatekeepers known as Jaya and Bijaya. These celestial gatekeepers can be seen at the main entrance ( Singha Dwara) of the Shree Mandir.
Chandan Yatra is an important festival associated with the Jagannath temple, puri which lasts for a period of 42 days. The first 21 days are known as Bahara Chandan where the deities are taken outside in procession to Narendra tank .
Daru Chedana ritual marks the felling of the Sacred tree. The process starts with the Bidyapati touching the tree with golden axe and then Biswabasu with silver axe. The Biswakarma then cuts the tree with an iron axe amid chanting of 108 names of the Lord.
Fire sacrifice or the Mahayagnya performed by the 5 Shrotiya Brahmins signifies one of the most auspicious ritual performed near the sacred tree.
There are five Jagannath Murtis (or idols) that are worshiped in the Puri Jagannath Temple.
Gupta Puja is a sacred ritual performed to drive away the evil spirits around the sacred tree (Daru Brukhya).
Aruna Stambha the magnificent sixteen-sided monolithic pillar was originally located at the Sun temple, Konark.
Ankuraropana literally means the sowing of certain variety of seeds for germination. After completion of this ritual the servitors take food only one time a day till the team reaches Shree Mandir.
Mahodadhi ( Puri Sea beach) is the greatest among the Tirthas (Tirtharaj) in which the sacred Daru or the log came floating and ultimately assumed the shape of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshan.
Sandhya Alati marks the evening lamp offering where the deities are decorated with large quantity of scented and favorite flowers along with Tulasi. A sight to behold.
The flag hoisted on the Nila Chakra is called as Patita Pavana Bana Purifier of the Fallen. The flag is believed to be empowered to remove all the Sins from the heart of everyone.