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Bahuda Jatra preparations in full swing in Puri

After the procession of The Rath Jatra and the three Gods’ week-long stay at Gundicha temple, it is time for them to journey back to their abode in Bahuda Jatra. But due to the prevailing COVID scenario, the time devoted to many rituals has been cut down, and proper measures are being taken to ensure a smooth return of the holy trinity.

The Three auspicious chariots of the Gods Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra have taken their southern turning-around; “Dakshina Moda”, for their return after a week. As per the tradition, the Chariots were pulled one after the other starting with the chariot of Devi Subhadra, followed by Lord Balarama and then Lord Jagannath, in the southward direction starting from the entry gate of the Shri Jagannath temple and were parked at the exit gate of Gundicha Temple, also known as ‘Nakachanadwar’, when the Rath Jatra took place. It is now time for them to return to their holy abode. This return journey is referred to as Bahuda Jatra, which is going to be held on 1st July. Earlier on Friday, 27th June, skilled carpenters and engineers inspected the chariot and carried out some repairing work on the wheels. Keeping in mind the current scenario, the Sandhya Darshan of the deities at Adapa Mandap inside the Gundicha Temple will be stopped after 7 PM, as stated by the Puri Temple Administration. Also, they have decided to hasten the process of Sandhya Alati, Srimukha Khandua, Bahuta Kanta, Kusumi Lagi, & Senapata Lagi so that the rituals for the deities in the Gundicha Temple are finished in time, and the Jatra could begin without delay.

Timings for strictly curtailed rituals have been laid down by the temple authorities, which are as follows:

  • Mangala Alati- 4 AM
  • Mailam- 4:15AM
  • Tadapa Lagi & Rosahoma- 4:30 AM
  • Abakasha- 5 AM
  • Surya Puja- 5:15 AM
  • Dwarpala Puja & Besha Sesha- 5:30 AM
  • Sakala Dhupa (Khichudi Bhoga)- 5:30 – 6:30AM
  • Senapata Lagi- 6:30 – 11:30AM
  • Mangalarpana- 11:45 AM 

The Bahuda Jatra is set to commence. The procession (Pahandi) of the deities would be held between 12 PM and 2:30 PM. Gajapati King Divyasingh Deb will perform the Chhera Panhara on the three chariots at 3:30 PM. The Charamala Phita (Untying of the ropes from the chariot) will take place soon after the Chhera Panhara. The ropes will be replaced with wooden Horses and charioteers. The Bahuda Jatra will commence at 4 PM. Security measures have been the most prominent factor in this Jatra. Temple administration has made sure that tight security is provided by the Police, and crowd management has also been taken into consideration. Meetings among Puri SP Sarthak Sarangi and other commissioners have taken place, and the responsibility of security measures has been given to them. A four-layer security arrangement has been set in place in the entire city in Puri. Tight security has also been deployed in the beach area along the Puri Coast. Backup measures and extra security is also ready to be set in action in case of any unforeseeable event. The auspicious Bahuda Jatra is all set to begin. A week after the Rath Jatra, the brother-sister trio is going to return to the holy shrine of the Puri Jagannath Temple.

Avik Ghose
Hi, I am Avik Ghose. I am a law student pursuing my course from Xavier law school, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar. I am a believer, orator, & enthusiastic writer. I am a seeker of knowledge and love to read novels and articles. Penning down my thoughts into pen and paper is my part-time job.

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