Festivals Observed In Srimandir

1. PANA SANKRANTI or MAHA BISUBA SANKRANTI – Special Nitis are performed in the Temple on this day. The day marks the beginning of the Oriya New Year

2. CHANDAN YATRA – The festival is observed for a period of 42 days starting from Baisakh Shukla Trutiya or Akshaya Trutiya. Mahalakshmi and Bhudevi is accompanied by proxies of Sri Jagannath that is Madan Mohan, Rama Krushna, Laxmi, Saraswati and five Shivas that is Sri Lokanath, Sri Yameswar, Sri Kapalamochan, Sri Markandeswar and Sri Nilakantheswar in different Palanquins move to the Narendra Tank for a ritual evening cruise everyday for 21 days. At the Chandan Mandap on

side the Pond the deities engage them selves in water sport by the specially arranged Vats of sandalpaste water. In the valedictory night the deities cruise for 21 times. The Chandan Yatra is also other wise known as Gandhalepana Yatra.

The second period of 21 days is known as the Bhitara Chandan or Inner Chandan as during this period the festival takes place in side the Temple Premise and the Deities play in the water on four occasions namely on the dark fort night , on the new moon day, on the 6th and 11th day of the bright fort night of the month of the Jyestha. A consecrated cistern in the Temple represents the Narendra Tank.

3. NILADRI MAHODAYA (ADHIBASA) – The day of bright fort night of Baisakh

4. NILADRI MAHODAYA – The festival s observed on the 8th day of the bright fort night of Baisakh. One hundred and eight pots of consecrated water are offered to the Deities and other Nitis are performed.

5. JALAKRIDA – This is celebrated on

a) 11th day of black fort night of Jyestha
b) New moon day of Jyestha
c) 6th day of bright fort night of Jyestha
d) 1th day of bright fort night of Jyestha

6. NRUSINGHA JANMA – Celebrated on the 14th day of the bright fort night of Baisakh when the imasge of Nrusingha is taken ssion to Jagannathballav where some Nitis are performed and after that the deity returns to the Temple.

7. SITAL SASTHI – The 6th day of bright fort Night of Jyestha. The images of Dola Govinda and Pancha Pandava Siva are taken to the Temple of Lakshmi where a ceremony is performed.

8. RAJENDRAVISEKA – The 10th day of the bright fort night of Jyestha. Lord Jagannath has his Abhiseka and the proposal of his marrige with Rukmini is broached

9. RUKMINI HARANA – On the 11th day of the bright fort night of Jyestha. Madanmohan, the representative of deity of Sri Jagannath Rukmini from the Temple of Sri Bimala while she is offering worship and after that the marrige is performed.

10. CHAMPAK DWADASI – Celebrated on 13th day of bright fort night of Jyestha.

11. ENTERING OF DAITA PATIS – Celebrated on 13th day of bright fort night of Jyestha

12. SNANA YATRA – This is the Jyestha Purnima, the birth day of Sri Jagannath. The followings are performed on that day.

a) The three deities are brought in a colorful Pahandi procession to the decorated Snana Bedi, an elevated bathing platform in tha Ananda Bazar (On the north east corner of the outer enclosure for a ritual bath. Sudarshan and Madanmohan also join them. 108 pitchers full of scented water are ched from a sacred well (Suna kua near the north gate) and are poured over the Deities amidst chanting of Mantras and loud rejoicings. Soon after their bath appears Jagannath in the form of Ganesha , Subhadra appears in the form of Padma Vesha. This particular vesha is called Gaja Vesha, Puri Raja or his representative , Mudiratha conducts Cherapanhara (Ritual cleaning of Snana Mnandap)

b) Anasara (From Snana Purnima to Asadha Amavasya) – The Deities are ceremonially brought back to the Ansarapindi that is a side room in the po ch where their circular stone pedestals for the deities were already placed. There they stay sequestered for a period of 15 days. During this period, the deities are given fresh coats of paint. Special Ansara Nitis are performed. Only the Daitas attend to the Deities . An improvised bamboo wall (Ansara Pati) bearing the paintings of the deities is how ever placed there for a proxy worship by the devotees. Coats of successive indigenous paints given to the deities take a long time to dry up. It is believed that the deities suffer from fever on the account of elaborate bath and for that they are kept in dietary provisions (No cooked food is served) and are nursed by the Daitas, the Kinsmen of God belonging to the Sabar Tribe.

13. FULARI LAGI – Celebrated on 5th day of black fort night of Asadha

14. CHAKA BIJE – Celebrated on the 10th black fort night of Asadha

15. CHANDAN LAGI – Celebratyed on 11th black fort night of Asadha

16. DWADASI and RAJ PRASAD BIJE – Celebrated on the 12th black fort night of Asadha

17. GHANA LAGI and SRI PAYAR MUDRA – Celebrated on the 13th black fort night of Asadha

18. CHAKA APASAR LAGI – Celebrated on 13th black fort night of Asadha

19. NETROTSAVA or NAVA YAUVANA DARSHAN – On the concluding day of Anasara that is Asadha Amavasya, the Deities decked in their finest robes and Ornaments appear before devotees. The festival of re appearance of Jagannath after Anasara is called Nava Yauvana or fresh youth. The ceremony of giving finishing touches to the eyes of the deities is called Netrotsav.

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