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Hera Panchami is an important and unique ritual of Jagannath culture

Puri:5/7/22: Hera Panchami is an important and unique ritual of Jagannath culture. Hera means to see and ‘Panchami’ means the fifth day. It is celebrated at the Gundicha temple on the fifth day from the start date of the Rath Yatra.

This ritual dedicates to Goddess Mahalakshmi. This ritual highlights the separation of Mahalaxmi from Lord Jagannath.

This is the day when Goddess Lakshmi breaks a part of Nandighosha chariot parked in front of the Gundicha Temple.

Legend has it that to vent out her anger on Lord Jagannath for being left behind, His consort Goddess Mahalaxmi leaves for Gundicha temple in a palanquin on the fifth day and asks Lord Jagannath to return back soon. To make Her pleased, the Lord concedes to Her by offering her agyan mala (a garland of consent). However, the servitors of Lord Jagannath close the main door of the Gundicha temple seeing the Goddess furious.

Insulted by the development, Mahalaxmi returns to the main temple through the Nakachana gate. In a unique ritual, the Goddess orders one of her attendants to damage a part of the Nandighosa chariot. After some time, she escapes to her home temple in secrecy, through a separate path way known as Hera Gouri lane.

The episode said to have drawn its origin from the Skanda Purana, the holy Hindu text.

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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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