Rath Yatra: ‘Dakshina Moda’ ritual of Trinity today

Puri: The three chariots of the Trinity will be given a turn to the south towards the ‘Nakachana dwara’ of the Adapa Mandap as per the ‘Dakshina Moda’ ritual today.

First the chariot of Goddess Subhadra will be moved to face south followed by the chariots of Lord Balabhadra and Lord Jagannath.

Hera Panchami was celebrated yesterday at the Gundicha temple. As per the rituals, on this day, Goddess Mahalaxmi breaks a part of Nandighosha chariot of Lord Jagannath in a fit of anger.

As per the beliefs, Goddess Laxmi expresses her discontent on Lord Jagannath for leaving her alone at the Srimandir.  She reaches Gundicha temple and when she finds the door locked for her, she feels insulted and asks her servitors to break a part of Nandighosha. Later she returns to the main temple through the Nakachana gate by taking the Hera Gohiri Sahi route.

Thousands of devotees yesterday flocked the Gundicha temple to witness the rituals.