As anticipated on Sunday, Odisha’s capital city Bhubaneswar has recorded the wettest September as it witnessed a rainfall of 195mm during the period between September 12 (8:30AM) and September 13 (8:30AM).
Darshan at Puri Srimandir will now be allowed on Saturdays as well. The decision was communicated by the Development Administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Ajay Jena on Wednesday.
Devotees from far and wide will finally get chance to witness the bliss of Lord Jagannath before their eyes with the reopening of the Puri Srimandir for general public from tomorrow onwards after several months of Covid hiatus.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday (Aug 19) said that they have proposed the Odisha government & the State Election Commission to conduct Panchayat elections and Civic body polls together in the state.
Vande Bharat Express will soon connect the pilgrim town Puri in Odisha. This information was share by Union Railways Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw on Thursday (Aug 19).
The holy crematorium Swargadwar in Puri reopened today (August 16) for all. Amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the cremation of bodies from outside the district at Swargadwar had been banned since April.
The long wait of Jagannath devotees is finally going to end as the doors of Shree Jagannath temple in Puri will open for devotees from August 16. On Wednesday, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) informed that Puri Srimandir will open from August 16 with strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols.
No beach shacks will be set up at Puri beach. Amid protests erupting from numerous quarters against establishments of beach shacks along the Puri Beach, Collector Samarth Verma came up with a clarification.
One of the most spectacular rituals of the annual Ratha Jatra, Suna Besha of the sibling deities - also called the Rajadhiraja Besha - is performed a day after the Holy Trinity return to their abode following a 9-day sojourn at the Gundicha. The divine triad of Bada Thakura Balabhadra, Mahaprabhu Jagannath and Devi Subhadra, atop their chariots on Puri Badadanda donned a resplendent attire of gold. Like previous year, the rituals were performed without congregation of devotees due to restrictions imposed in the wake of the current pandemic situation.
This special treat is a slice of ‘Poda Pitha’ made with special ingredients, spices and technique. This is one of the key traditions of the Bahuda Jatra wherein Goddess Mausi Maa lovingly serves the special Poda Pitha to the Holy Trinity upon their arrival at the temple. But why does Lord Jagannath stop by the Mausi Maa temple every year during his return to the Puri Srimandir to have this delicious Poda Pitha?
The Puri Police has reportedly detained 10 persons on charges of violating the curfew imposed in the holy town during the Ratha Jatra celebrations. Among the 10 persons detained were two ISKCON devotees - Atul Krishna and Govind Krsna Das who hail from Kurukhetra, Haryana.
Amid the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, conduct of Rath Yatra has been restricted across Odisha this year as well.
On the eve of Rath Yatra, acclaimed sand artist and Padma Shri Sudarsan Pattnaik sculpted the biggest 3D sand art of Lord Jagannath's chariot (Nandighosa) at Puri sea beach in Odisha. The sand sculpture is 43.2 feet long and 35 feet wide.
The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday (July 6) rejected all petitions seeking permission to hold Rath Yatra in other Jagannath temples of Odisha except the Puri Srimandir. The Apex Court held that Odisha Government has taken a considered decision keeping in mind the current second wave of the Covid-19.
In a major announcement, Odisha Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera informed that air services to and from Puri may commence by 2022-23. Speaking to the media on Sunday, Behera informed that if everything goes as per plan, people will very likely see flight services in the pilgrim city Puri in 2022-23.
These twins who are just three and a half months old have been given a big responsibility. They have been inducted as Daitapati servitors of Lord Jagannath in Puri Srimandir.
Covid-19 pandemic may have restricted devotees from participating in the annual holy Rath Yatra for the last two years. However, for this youth, these restrictions have further enhanced the devotion for Lord Jagannath.
Lord Jagannath, His brother Lord Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra have an elaborate ritual bath on Snana Purnima. The day is also celebrated as Lord Jagannath's birthday.
Many a devotee who silently hoped that Jagannath Rath Yatra would happen in all famous temples of Odisha are left disappointed.
This year too, Deba Snana Purnima of the Holy Trinity will be held without devotees at Puri. In view of the grim pandemic situation and extension of curbs by the state government, Deba Snana Purnima, the ritualistic bathing ceremony of Lord Jagannath and His siblings on June 24 will be observed sans devotees like last year. SJTA (Shree Jagannath Temple Administration) chief Krishan Kumar informed that Puri Srimandir will remain out of bounds for devotees till July 25th and a decision regarding allowing devotees for darshan would be taken after Rath Yatra.
To understand the present-day situation of the Puri Jagannath temple administration, one needs to understand how it was originally designed. The recorded history of Srimandir is a long and interesting one.
Once the tourism sector in Odisha revives after the Covid pandemic, a visual treat would greet the tourists when they step into Raghurajpur, the heritage village of Puri. Amidst a raging pandemic that has drawn curtains on the livelihood of the artists, Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi in collaboration with the state culture department came up with an innovative idea and organised a traditional Mural camp (pattachitra) at Raghurajpur from June 9 to 13, 2021. Families of as many as 150 artisans participated in this camp by painting the walls and the front portion of their own houses. The Akademi will provide Rs 10,000 remuneration to each family while five best works would receive awards, informed Akademi president and acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik.
Rukmini Harana Ekadashi falls on June 21st this year. On this holy day - Lord Jagannath, an aspect of Lord Vishnu, marries Rukmini, an aspect of Devi Lakshmi.
In 1909, Pandit Gopabandhu established an ideal school, Satyabadi Vana Vidyalaya at Sakhigopal. This was a catalyst in spreading national consciousness, in Odisha.
Chief Administrator of the Puri SJTA, Krishan Kumar chaired a meeting on Thursday (May 20) for discussion regarding smooth conduct of Rath Yatra rituals. The meeting was convened after several servitors engaged in construction of chariots for Rath Yatra tested positive for Covid-19.