Bhubaneswar: The holy Chaturdha Murati, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Shree Chakra Sudarshan, would make return sojourn (Bahuda Yatra) from the Shree Gundicha Mandir to the Shreemandir today after nine days of stay at the Mausimaa Mandir (as the Gundicha Mandir is known).
This return journey from Janmabedi (birthplace) to Ratna Simhasana (sanctum sanctorum of Shreemandir) is observed on the ninth day of Shree Gundicha Yatra (the first day of Rath Yatra). The Bahuda Yatra begins at the Nakachana Dwar of the Mausima Temple. The Raths were turned as south-faced two days back.
This year, the Lords stayed in the Mausimaa Mandir for seven days.
According to information, Pahandi ritual ((Taking deities in a special way) would begin at around 11 am. The Lords would be adorned with Tahiyas and brought on Dhadi Pahandi to their respective chariots, Taladhwaja of Lord Balabhadra, Debadalana of Devi Subhadra and Nandighosh of Lord Jagannath. The Shree Chakra Sudarshan would return on the Debadalan Rath.
On the same day, during evening the three deities are dressed in glittering gold on their respective chariots. This day is also known as ‘Suna Vesha’. The gold is stored at the temple’s bhandara ghar (treasury). The bhandara nikap priests (store in-charge), guarded by armed police men and temple officials, brought the required amount of gold from the bhandara ghar before 1 hour and handed them over to the puspalaka and daitapati priests on the chariots. The daitapati priests are responsible to decorate the Deities’ body with gold jewelry. Devotees witnessed the Suna Besha from evening 5 pm till 11 pm.
The Chherapahnara ritual (sweeping of Raths by Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb) would be conducted sometime between 2 pm and 3 pm. Chariots would be pulled by devotees after Chaarmals (connecting platform from ground to the Raths) are opened.
The scene of movement of Raths on the Grand Road amid beating of cymbals, dancing by artists in form of different gods and goddesses and playing of unique games and presence of thousands of monks is so enjoyable that can’t be expressed in words.
The priests offer the drink to the deities by performing “Sodosha Upachar Pooja’. Once the Puja gets over the earthen pots are broken by the servitors and the Pana spreads all over the chariot. It is believed that several evil spirits, ghostly bodies and dissatisfied souls trail the deities during the Car Festival. As per the ritual, the Adhara Pana is not for the devotees and servitors but it is only for these evil spirits and the minor deities present on the three chariots (Parsva Devatas) to guard the chariots during Ratha Yatra. The smashing of these earthen pots on the chariots is purposefully done because the drink is not for the consumption by the devotees and also to ensure that all these invisible forces and Parsva Devatas consume the Adhara Pana and get satisfied.