Puri: Thousands of devotees gathered around the chariots of Lord Jagannath and his siblings yesterday night in Puri to witness the ‘Adharapana’ ritual in which ‘pana’ was offered to the deities.
The deities were offered the drinks in pots on their respective chariots.
Later, the servitors broke the pots allowing the ‘pana’ to spill over the chariots. As per belief, evil spirits who roam around the chariots for salvation enjoy the drink and leave the spot.
According to the ritual, the Mahasuara servitors prepare the drink by using milk, banana, cheese, aromatic spices and water.
The water required to prepare the drink is collected by Pania Apat servitors from a well on the premises of Chhauni mutt near the Singhadwara.