Puri:17/7/21: The ‘Dakshina Moda’ ritual or the southward turn of the three chariots of Lord Jagannath and his siblings parked outside Gundicha Temple will be held today, the sixth day of the annual sojourn.
This marks the beginning of the preparations for the Bahuda Yatra, the return journey of the sibling deities to the Srimandir after their annual sojourn.
During the ritual, the chariots parked on the Saradhabali in front of Gundicha Temple, facing north since Rath Yatra, are turned towards Jagannath Temple in the south. The chariots are then kept near Nakachana Dwara, the eastern gate of Gundicha Temple.
After agyaan maala or garland of the consent of the Lords arrives from the Gundicha Temple, the chariot of Goddess Subhadra, Darpadalan, is first turned towards the south. It is followed by Lord Balabhadra’s Taladhwaja and Jagannath’s Nandighosh.
Reportedly, the Hera Panchami ritual was performed smoothly by the Pati Mahapatra servitors. As per the custom, Goddess Mahalaxmi reaches Gundicha temple by seating on a palanquin carried by the servitors but she feels insulted after finding the main gate locked. She breaks a part of Nandighosha chariot to show her anger at Lord Jagannath for leaving her alone in Srimandir during Rath Yatra.
Later she returns to the Srimandir through the Nakachana gate by taking the Hera Gohiri Sahi route