Puri: Every year, during Anasara, the three deities — Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra — are put in 14-day quarantine. According to mythology, the deities suffer from a fever due to the prolonged bathing after the Devasnana Purnima.
The deities on the ‘Anasara Pindi’, are being treated with herbal medicines and specially prepared oils, strictly under the guidance of ‘Raj Vaidya’ (the Royal Ayurvedic practitioner). On the other hand, the Daitapati Sevayats are performing the secret rituals to cure the holy trinity.
While the deities are being offered Pana Bhoga, the divine oil, ‘Phuluri Tela’, is applied for a speedy recovery. On the tenth-day of ‘Anasara’, the deities are offered ‘Dasa-Mula Modak’, a divine medicinal concoction to cure the Lords.
The Vaidyas prepare total 120 having several types of herbs which are collected all the year round. They cut and dry the barks and roots of herbs and then heating those with honey, ghee and camphor to prepare the magical ‘Modak’.
After administering several doses of ‘Dasamula Modaka’, the Holy siblings, Lord Sudarshan and Lord Madhava get cured. On Amavasya or the new moon day, the Deities get ready, fully cured and give Darshan to the devotees, in the ‘Nabajouban Darshan’.