Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

After staying atop their respective chariots for two days, Lord Jagannath and his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra were taken to their birthplace called ‘Adapa Mandapa’ in Gundicha temple in a grand procession popularly known as ‘Goti Pahandi’ on Thursday. The ceremonial ritual is popularly known as ‘Adapa Mandapa Bije’.

As per the age-old tradition, the Holy Trinity will give darshan to lakhs of deities on their birth altar from today. The ‘Mahaprasad’ offered before the deities during this period, is known as ‘Adapa Abhada’. The special ‘Adapa Abhada’ will be offered to the deities and it will be available for the devotees from today.

As per popular belief, one who takes a morsel of ‘Adapa Abhada’ gets virtues of crores of births.

While Lord Jagannath and his sibling deities give darshan to the devotees from Srimandir throughout the year, during the nine days of sojourn on the occasion of Rath Yatra, the devotees get darshan from Adapa Mandap.

All arrangements have been made for smooth darshan of the deities inside Gundicha temple and partaking ‘Adapa Abhada’.

“I have come from Bihar. I have been waiting for the last three days to have ‘Adapa Darshana’ of Lord Jagannath and the sibling deities,” said a devotee.

“I am patiently waiting in the long queue to get a glimpse of the Holy Trinity. It’s a rare opportunity and I am really excited about it,” said another devotee from Punjab.