Devotees throng Dhabaleswar Temple for ‘Gaja Bhoga’

Cuttack/Puri: The ‘Gaja Bhoga’ and ‘Tarana’ were distributed among devotees at Dhabaleswar Temple in Athagarh today. The prasad was offered to Lord Dhabaleswar in the midnight on Bada Osa yesterday.

A large number of devotees have been thronging the temple since morning to witness ‘Harihar Besha’ of the Lord on the fourth day of Panchuka (last five days of the holy month of Kartika) today.

On the other hand, the administration has beefed up security expecting huge rush of devotees at the temple. Adequate police forces have been deployed and CCTV cameras installed at various places to monitor the movement of the people. Fire brigade staff and ODRAF teams have also been engaged at ferry ghats to avoid any untoward incident.


Meanwhile, amid chanting of ‘Jai Jagannath’ and hulahulis, thousands of devotees and Habishyalis thronged Srimandir in Puri to have a darshan of the holy Trinity decked in Laxmi Narasingha Besha on the fourth day of Panchuka.

Special rituals of the deities including Mangala Alatu, Mailam, Tadap lagi, and Abakash Niti was conducted and the holy Trinity was decked in Laxmi Narasingha Besha by the Sinhari (dresser) servitors early in the morning. Later, the 12th century shrine was thrown open for the public darshan.


Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place in the vicinity of the Jagannath temple in the pilgrim town.

According to sources, 15 platoons of police force have been deployed in and around the 12th century shrine. Wooden and iron barricades have been constructed by the administration for crowd management in and around the Srimandir.