The return of the sibling deities to their holy abode Srimandir marks the end of the annual sojourn of the Lords. The final ritual conducted during Rath Yatra is Niladri Bije, the return of the deities back to sanctum sanctorum.
A day after Suna Besha (golden attire ritual), Lord Jagannath and His siblings are offered the Adhara Pana, a rich sweet drink made up of an assortment of milk, banana, cheese, black pepper, nutmeg, camphor and other ingredients and spices.
Odisha’s iconic sweet Rasagola assumes a special place in Jagannath culture, especially in Rath Yatra. On the last day of Rath Yatra festival, Goddess Laxmi is offered Rasagola as bhog as part of the age-old Niladri Bije rituals.
The Holy siblings – Mahaprabhu Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra – dazzled in golden attire atop their chariots during Suna Besha ritual, also known as the Rajadhiraja Besha, today (July 10). Catch a few glimpses of the iconic ritual as Trinity receives a golden makeover.
The nine-day annual sojourn of Lord Jagannath and His siblings ends today as deities will return to their abode in all glory and grandeur. Catch glimpses of Bahuda Yatra from the pilgrim town Puri.
According to sources, the mishap occurred during the Rath Yatra celebrations at Jarasingha area in Deogaon block of Bolangir district.
Despite strict security measures, unidentified miscreants have allegedly flattened over 20 earthen chullas (ovens) inside the kitchen (Roshaghar) of the Puri Gundicha Temple. The matter came to light on Saturday.
A day after embarking on a nine-day sojourn, Lord Balabhadra, Jagannath and Devi Subhadra along with Lord Sudarshan will be escorted to the Adapa Mandapa in the Gundicha Temple in Puri today.
A huge covered space has been made by Railways to accommodate 15,000 devotees with Food Court, Drinking Water and Toilet facilities.
The most awaited moment of the Rath Yatra has finally arrived. Lord Jagannath's chariot 'Nandighosa' begins to roll on the Badadanda towards Gundicha temple. Watch this video.
After eldest brother Lord Balabhadra set towards Gundicha, the pulling of the Devi Subhadra's chariot - 'Debadalana commenced with the rhythms of traditional instruments creating an extremely spiritual atmosphere. Watch this video.
The incidence of suicide by devotees by either jumping from a pinnacle or lying themselves under the wheels of chariots have been referred to in many writings
Lord Balabhadra's 'Taladhwaja' Rath rolls on Badadanda as pulling of chariot begins amid loud chants of Hari Bola and conchs and gongs reverberating in the air on Rath Yatra in Puri. Watch this video.
For this combined, hybrid model of Pidha and rekha style of Kalinga architecture, one has to go to the 14th century Bhaskaresvara temple
Puri Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb, the first servitor of Lord Jagannath, performs Chhera Pahanra or the ceremonial sweeping of the chariot of Lord Jagannath. Watch this video.