Bhubaneswar: 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 judgement over the conduct of Rath Yatra amid Covid pandemic.
On the way, the deities halted at the Mausima temple where ‘poda pitha’ was offered to them.
Before reaching the Shree Mandir, Lord Jagannath’s chariot also halted in front of the palace of Gajapati Maharaja, where a ritual namely ‘Lakshmi-Narayana Bheta’ was performed.
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.
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 12.20 PM.
“With the cooperation of all including servitors, the Bahuda Yatra has been completed very smoothly. I want to thank the servitors and the people of Puri town, who obeyed all instructions of administration,” said Puri collector Samarth Verma.
The Bahuda Yatra was organised amid tight security in adherence to Covid norms. Curfew has been imposed on the Grand Road since Monday night while CCTVs and drone cameras have been installed to keep a close eye on the event.