Chariots turned to face Jagannath Temple to begin their return journey

Puri: All the three chariots parked outside the Gundicha temple were turned around today to face the Jagannath temple. The ritual is called ‘dakshina moda’ which marks the beginning of preparations for bahuda yatra (return car festival) falling on Sunday.

As per the ritual, the chariot of goddess Subhadra Debadalana was the first chariot to be turned around towards southern direction following which Lord Balabhadra’s chariot Taladhwaja was turned.

As evening set in at around 6:15 PM, Nandighosh, the chariot of Lord Jagannath could not be turned and the ritual will be completed tomorrow.
After the dakshina moda ritual, the rahas ceremony of the deities will begin inside the Gundicha temple according to the traditional itinerary.