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Ratha Jatra 2021 Update: Chariots Commence Towards Gundicha Temple After ‘Chhera Pahanra’ By Puri King

by Ankita Mohanty

The three auspicious chariots namely- Nandighosh of Lord Jagannath, Taldhwaja of Lord Balabhadra and Darpa Dalana of Devi Subhadra have started their journey from the holy Bada Danda towards the most coveted Gundicha Temple. The journey was set into motion after the Chhera Pahara ritual was performed by the King of Puri, Gajapati Maharaja Divya Singha Dev.

The King, belonging to the Ganga dynasty was immaculately dressed. Wearing his royal finery, he came in a silver-plated palanquin at around 11 am to perform the sweeping ritual on the chariots. The king of Puri is considered the first servant of the Lord, so adhering to his duties the King swept the floor of the chariots with a golden broom for the journey to commence.

Last year, the Puri King had abstained from the most important hereditary ritual given the Covid-19 pandemic. The same was undertaken by a ‘Mudirasta’ servitor, who is the representative of the Gajapati.

This ritual essentially signifies that a king and a sweeper are the same in the eyes of the lord.

Before the divine sweeping ritual, the Sankaracharya of Puri Dham, Swami Nischalananda Saraswati paid his respect to the chariot. He visited the premises along with his disciples s per the invitation of the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).

After the Chhera Pahanra, the wooden horses- which were painted in black, brown and white were fixed to the three chariots followed by removal of ‘Charamala’ (ramps) marking the initiation of the pulling of the chariots.

As per the government guidelines regarding Ratha Jatra 2021, only servitudes pulled the chariots.

The three deities and Lord Sudarsan were taken to the chariots from the sanctum sanctorum of Srimandir in a grand procession called Pahandi Bije. All the deities were taken one after the other in close succession which is called Dhadi Pahandi, which is performed only on the occasion of Sri Gundicha day. The procession of the Lords on Bahuda Jatra is called Goti Pahandi.



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