Puri: As the Gods fall sick (an annual affair) after Snana Purnima (ritual bath with 108 pitchers of herbal and aromatic water), the traditional healers get busy with the concoction of the special and magical medicine which cures the Lord of the Universe.
“We collect the herbs all year through and during this period, when the Lord needs our services, we prepare 120 modaka having all those herbs as the ingredients. It is a matter of great pride to be able to serve the Lord in this manner, although it is just once a year,” informed the Raj Baidya Durga Nandan Mishra.
Preparation of Dasamula Modaka
The deities of Jagannath temple have been sick for 10 days now and their situation will improve only after administration of the divine medicine balls, the Dasamula Modaka.
It is prepared by four families of healers who make 120 balls of the ayurvedic medicine. As the name suggests, 10 ayurvedic roots of medicinal plants like neem, pipali and many more are used to concoct this medicine.
The healers prepare it by cutting and drying the barks and roots of herbs and then heating them with honey, ghee and camphor. Then, the medicine balls or the Modakas are taken to the temple where it is offered to the ailing deities.
After preparation it is immediately sent to the temple for servitors to offer it to the deities.
This ayurvedic medicine is offered to the deities on the tenth day from the Deba Snana Purnima. After doses of the ‘dasamula modaka’ medicine are offered, Lords Jagannath, Balabhadra, Goddess Subhadra, Sudarshan and Madhaba are believed to get better.
On Amavasya or new moon day, deities become ready to provide ‘Darshan’ to devotees – called the ‘Nabajouban Darshan’.
Today, in these testing times when humanity is reeling under the scourge of coronavirus, ‘bhakts’ have a conviction that once the Lords are out on the ‘Bada Danda’ (Grand Road) of Puri, on Rath Yatra, the situation would improve..
When all else fails, it is faith which keeps humanity alive.