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Taladhwaja, Darpadalana, Nandighosha Arrive In Front Of Shree Mandir

Puri:20/7/21: Ending their annual nine-day sojourn to the Gundicha Temple-their birthplace, Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath, and Devi Subhadra have arrived at the Simhadwar (Lion’s Gate) of the Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri.

The three grand chariots Taladhwaja, Darpadalana, and Nandighosha with the respective deities of Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra, and Lord Jagannath seated in them are now parked in front of the Simhadwar after being pulled by the sevayats (servitors) from the Gundicha Temple keeping in conformity with last year’s Supreme Court judgment over the conduct of Rath Yatra amid Covid pandemic. On the day of Bahuda Jatra, deities are taken to their respective chariots from the Gundicha Temple in a ceremonial procession namely ‘Bahuda Pahandi’.After the deities are placed on the chariots, ‘Chhera Pahanra’ ritual is performed by Gajapati Maharaja of Puri on the three chariots. It is followed by pulling of chariots towards the Srimandir.

Lord Balabhadra’s chariot Taladhwaja was the first to arrive in front of the Simhadwar, followed by Darpadalana of Devi Subhadra. The last to arrive was Lord Jagannath’s chariot Nandighosha.

Over hundreds of sevayats (temple servitors) sang the Geeta Govinda-the favourite song of Lord Jagannath in unison upon arrival of the three chariots in front of the Simhadwar.

It may be mentioned here that on the occasion of Bahuda Yatra-the second leg of the Rath Yatra the Mangal Alati was performed at 4 AM, Mailam at 4.15 AM, Tadap Lagi and Roshahoma at 4.30 AM, Abakasa at 5.00 AM, Surjya Pooja at 5.15 AM, and Dwarapala pooja and Besha were completed at 5.30 AM.

Since the Bahuda Yatra rituals of the Lords were completed much before the schedule, the pulling of chariots had started at 11 AM.

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