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Rath Yatra festival this year, will come to an end after the Niladri Bije rituals are held during the evening

Puri:12/7/22: The Rath Yatra festival this year, will come to an end on Tuesday, after the Niladri Bije rituals are held during the evening.Deities home-coming ceremony to the temple is known as ‘Niladri Bije’ and this ritual marks the end of the nine-day annual sojourn of the Lords.

On the ninth day of Rath Yatra, the Bahuda Yatra, or the return festival is held. Then comes, Suna Besha (10th day), Adhara Pana (11th day) and on the 12th day, after the evening rituals, the deities return to the main temple.

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Deities are taken to the sanctum sanctorum (Ratna Singhasana) in goti (in a single) pahandi procession. In goti pahandi procession the Deities move one after another, it means the next Deity only moves from the chariot after the former Deity reached to his/her destination.

In the midst of Niladri Bije rituals, Godesses Mahalaxmi, the consort of the Lord Jagannath is angry because her husband took his siblings instead of her to the Gundicha temple.

She was left in the main temple and was not part of the journey. On the Hera Panchami day, Goddess Mahalaxmi went to Gundhicha temple to meet Lord Jagannath but he closed the door of Gundicha temple and did not meet her.

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Goddess Mahalaxmi maintains a close vigil from the ‘Chahani Mandap’ (a projected platform situated at the right side of the temple main gate) on the activities on the Nandighosa Ratha (the chariot of Lord Jagannath).

She allows Lord Balabhadra, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Sudarshana to enter the temple, but when Lord Jagannath tries to enter the temple, She orders her servitors to close the Jaya Vijaya gate of the Singhadwar.

The myth has it that to please his upset wife, Lord Jagannath offers her rasagullas (sweet made from cottage cheese) as a peace offering to pacify Goddess Mahalaxmi. After a long conversation, Mahalakshmi finally calms down and accepts Lord Jagannath’s apology.

The gates open and Lord Jagannath to enters the temple. Before entering the main temple, a traditional act between the servitors of Lord Jagannath and Goddess Mahalaxmi is held at the Jaya Vijaya Dwara of the temple.

Lord Jagannath is made to sit beside Lakshmi where a ritual of reunion is rehearsed and finally Lord Jagannath ascends the Ratna Singhasana at the sanctum sanctorum and rejoins his brother Lord Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra.

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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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