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Devotion reached its peak during the Ratha Jatra’s Pahandi ritual of Lord Jagannath and His siblings

Puri:20/6/23: Devotion reached its peak during the Ratha Jatra’s Pahandi ritual of Lord Jagannath and His siblings Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra in the pilgrim town of Puri today as the deities were taken out of the Shree Jagannath Temple in ceremonial procession.


The servitors initially escorted Lord Sudarshan to Darpadalana, the chariot of Devi Subhadra. Following this, the servitors took Lord Balabhadra to Taladhwaja chariot, Devi Subhadra to Her chariot and Lord Jagannath to Nandighosa chariot, chronologically.


The Bada Danda in front of the temple soaked in devotion during the Pahandi ritual as the atmosphere reverberated with chants of ‘Jai Jagannath’ and ‘Hari Bol’ by the servitors and devotees.

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Hot and humid conditions failed to dampen the spirit of the devotees as they gathered in lakhs to have a glimpse of the deities.

The Pahandi ritual holds immense importance and is deeply cherished by the devotees as it marks the ceremonial movement of the deities from the Shree Jagannath Temple to their grand chariots.

It is a fascinating and captivating sight that showcases the divine descent of Lord Jagannath, along with his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra, from their sacred abode to bless the devotees.

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The term “Pahandi” refers to the slow and measured movement of the deities towards their respective chariots.

The ritual begins with the preparations inside the temple premises. The servitors meticulously dress the deities in beautiful attires, adorning them with dazzling ornaments. The servitors, with utmost care and reverence, lift the deities on their shoulders and commence the Pahandi.

The Pahandi ritual signifies the belief that the deities willingly descend from their divine abode to give darshan to devotees and fulfill their wishes.

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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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