Balabhadra ‘daru’ reaches Puri

Bhubaneswar: The ‘daru’ (holy neem tree) of Lord Balabhadra reached Puri today even as the choupata work of Goddess Subhadra continued for the second day at Adangagada in Jagatsinghpur district.

The cart carrying the holy wood reached Alamchandi temple this evening and would continue its journey for Koili Baikuntha tomorrow.

As the holy wood continued its journey towards the temple town, thousands of devotees braved the scorching heat to witness it throughout the way. Many were seen anxiously waiting to touch the cart on which it was transported.

In some places, the devotees had spread colourful new clothes on the road and sprinkled flowers on them to allow the cart roll on it. The clothes are considered auspicious and are used on special pujas, it is believed.

On the other hand, sources said after the choupata work of Goddess Subhadra’s daru, it will be transported to Puri tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the construction work of Sabarpalli and yagna site is on at Kharipadia in the district where ‘daru’ of Lord Jagannath has been identified.