After reaching Srimandir, the three chariots have been parked outside Singhadwara for rituals over next three days.
Homecoming for Holy Trinity: Chariot pulling comes to an end. Lord Jagannath on his Nandighosa chariot reaches Singhadwara; joins elder brother Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra.
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Hari Bol chants reverberate as magnificent 'Taladhwaja' chariot of Lord Balabhadra and 'Darpadalan' chariot of Devi Subhadra reach Singhadwara, the Lion's Gate of Srimandir. Mahaprabhu Jagannath aboard his Nandighosa chariot inching closer to the shrine.
Amid beating of gongs and cymbals and chants of Hari Bol, devotees pull gigantic chariots of sibling deities- Mahaprabhu Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra to their abode.
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Devotees pull Lord Jagannath's chariot- 'Nandighosa' towards Srimandir
Devi Subhadra's chariot- 'Debadalana' rolls on Badadanda towards Srimandir during the holy Trinity's return journey
The return journey begins as Lord Balabhadra's chariot- 'Taladhwaja' rolls on Badadanda towards Srimandir.
Puri Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb sweeps chariots of the Holy Trinity as ‘Chhera Panhara’ rituals conclude in Puri
Puri Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb arrives to perform 'Chhera Panhara'
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Lord Jagannath is being carried on to his chariot- 'Nandighosa'.
10:25 am: Lo & Behold! Amid ‘Jai Jagannath’ and ‘Hari Bol’ chanting, Mahaprabhu Jagannath is being brought to his chariot- 'Nandighosa' in ritualistic Pahandi.
10:05 am: After Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra is being brought to her chariot- 'Debadalana' in Pahandi.
9:45 am: Pahandi rituals of Lord Balabhadra begins as He is being taken to his chariot 'Taladhwaja'
9:20 am: Pahandi rituals begin two and a half hours ahead of schedule as Lord Sudarshan is first being brought out of the Gundicha temple in Puri
Puri: Braving early morning rain, lakhs of devotees from across the country and abroad have started to converge on Puri to witness the ‘Bahuda Yatra’ – the homecoming of the Holy Trinity from Gundicha Temple to Srimandir on their chariots today.
According to mythology, on this auspicious day the three sibling deities – Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Lord Balabhadra and their sister Devi Subhadra wrap up their annual nine-day sojourn to Sri Gundicha Temple, their birth place and return to Srimandir riding their three majestic wooden chariots.
Several rituals will be performed today before the deities are taken out of the Gundicha temple and placed on the three chariots for the return journey. The divine siblings will be taken to their chariots in an elaborate ritual called ‘Pahandi’ to the beating of gongs, cymbals and blowing of conch shells.
Later, Puri Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb would perform the ‘Chhera Panhara’ rituals where he will be offering prayers to the deities and then sweep the the chariots with a golden broom and sprinkle flowers and fragrant water.
The giant chariots will then be pulled by the devotees on Bada Danda, the grand avenue leading to the Sri Jagannath temple up to the Lion’s gate (Singhadwara) in front of it where they would be stationed till July 25.
As per the ritual timings declared by the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), the Senapata ritual will be performed till 11 am and Bahuda Pahandi from 12 am till 2.30 pm. The Puri Gajapati will perform the Chhera Panhara rituals from 2.30 pm till 3.30 pm followed by loosening of Charamala.
Devotees will pull the colourfully decorated chariots for the return journey at 4 pm, informed SJTA.
Meanwhile, a multi-layer security net has been thrown in the holy town of Puri with heavy deployment of forces to ensure smooth celebrations and prevent any untoward incident during the day.
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