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Adhara Pana ritual of Lord Jagannath and his siblings was held on the chariots

Puri:3/7/20: The Adhara Pana ritual of Lord Jagannath and his siblings was held on the chariots of the deities in Odisha’s Puri town today.

As per the order of the Supreme Court, the ritual was carried out by servitors without the congregation of devotees at Bada Banda here.

As per tradition, a sweetened drink (pana) made of milk, sugar, cheese, banana, camphor, nutmeg and black pepper among others, was offered to the Lords by the servitors in nine huge earthen pitchers measuring over a meter each in height to touch the lips (adhara) of the deities

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Three such pitchers with the drink were placed on each of the three chariots in front of the deities which were later smashed by the servitors after it was offered to the Lords on completion of the Sodasha Upachara Puja.

The pana which spills over the chariots after the breaking of the pitchers by the servitors is not meant for devotees rather it’s an offering for the parswa devatas (subsidiary deities) on the chariot and spirits that had accompanied the Lords on the chariots during their nine-day-long sojourn.

The annual festival of Ratha Jatra will come to an end tomorrow as the Lords will return to their seats on the ‘Ratna Singhasana’ inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple in a ritual called ‘Niladri Bije’.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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