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‘Adapa Mandapa Bije’, was carried out amid religious fervour at the Gundicha temple

Puri:13/7/21: The ritual, ‘Adapa Mandapa Bije’, was carried out amid religious fervour at the Gundicha temple here today evening. The Holy Trinity entered Gundicha temple following ‘Pahandi’ ritual conducted by the Daita servitors.

The deities, who reached their aunt’s house on Monday, stayed put on the majestic chariots for a day. As the Pahandi began at around 5:30 pm, chants of ‘Hari Bol’ and sounds produced by gongs and conches reverberated through the air creating a divine atmosphere.

‘Goti Pahandi’ was conducted outside the Gundicha temple with Lord Balabhadra being escorted to the ‘Ratna Sinhasana’ first followed by Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath. The Daita servitors carried out the ceremonial procession after the Sandhya Dhupa ritual.

Cooked ‘prasad’ called Adap Abhada would be offered to the deities today. As Rath Yatra is being organised amid COVID restrictions, devotees were not allowed to participate in the rituals. At the Adapa Mandapa, the special Banakalagi ritual will be performed by the Dutta Mohapatra servitors.

“In this ritual, different types of natural colours like Hingula, Haritala, Kasturi, Keshar, and the glue of Kaintha will be used to prepare Banaka to decorate the deities,” an elderly Sevayat of Jagannath temple said. The deities will stay at Gundicha temple for a week during their nine-day Rath Yatra festival.

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