Rashmi Ranjan

The pilgrim town of Puri immersed in divine celebrations as Lord Jagannath and his siblings-Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra-were escorted to their respective chariots from Gundicha Temple in a ceremonial Dhadi Pahandi ahead of their return journey to Srimandir on Bahuda Yatra on Wednesday.

The Dhadi Pahandi ritual began with escorting of Lord Sudarsan to Debadalana, the chariot of Devi Subhadra by the servitors. 

Later, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath were taken to their respective chariots in ceremonial processions amid beating of gongs, blowing of conches and chants of Jay Jagannath. 

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A sea of devotees congregated near the Gundicha Temple to have a glimpse of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Balabhadra on their respective chariots.

What is Pahandi

Pahandi originates from the Sanskrit word Padamundam, which in local dialects means a slow step-by-step movement with the spreading of the feet. And Bije means a procession of the king or the Gods. Pahandi literally means going forward in a step-by-step movement to the accompaniment of several devotees beating the ‘ghanta’, ‘kahali’ and ‘telingi baja’. 

Pahandi is of two types-Dhadi Pahandi and Goti Pahandi.

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