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Nabakalebara festival comes to end with Niladri Bije

The famous Nabakalebara (re-embodiment) festival ended with three deities taken inside the Shree Jagannath Temple in a grand procession at holy town of Puri on Thursday evening.

The festival of deities’ return to 12th century shrine after every Rath Yatra known as Niladri Bije, was celebrated with religious fervour.

By the time the report was filed, lakhs of devotees had congregated in front of temple to witness hordes of servitors carrying the huge wooden idols from chariots swaying them rhythmically in a ritual described as ‘pahandi’.

Idols will be installed on the permanent platform inside the temple after more than 50 days. From Friday onwards, devotees can get darshan of deities inside temple.

Sculpted afresh

Celebrated after gap of 19 years, Nabakalebara festival, in which wooden idols are sculpted afresh, started on March 29 when servitors had set out in search of sacred Neem tree log. These logs were transported to Puri from Jagatsinghpur and Khurda districts.

The secret ritual of Brahma Paribartan (transfer of the soul) from Lord Jagannath’s previous idol to present one was scheduled to be held on midnight of June 15. However, due to some mismanagement, the said ritual was carried out on June 16. The old idols of the Lords were buried inside the Koili Baikuntha, a garden within the temple premises.

The world famous Rath Yatra commenced on July 18. Idols installed in three majestic chariots were taken out on the Grand Road to Mausi Maa temple. Chariots returned to main temple on July 26, deities stayed on chariots. Since then different rituals of deities had been performed on chariots.

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