Odisha: Devotees won’t get a glimpse of Nabajouban Besha this year

The schedule was prepared and proposed by the Chhatisha Nijog and the sub-committee for temple rituals.
This year’s proceedings will follow the precedent set during the 1971 Rath Yatra, when a similar situation occurred.
This year’s proceedings will follow the precedent set during the 1971 Rath Yatra, when a similar situation occurred.

PURI: Devotees will not be able to catch a glimpse of the Nabajouban Besha of the holy Trinity this year.

Typically, the deities appear in new youthful attire after spending a fortnight in the ‘anasar’ (sick room) a day before the Rath Yatra, witnessed by lakhs of devotees. However, with the ‘anasar’ period reduced to 13 days as per the temple almanac, the Nabajouban Darshan for the public has been dispensed with. The Nabajouban Besha rituals, though, will be conducted as usual.

This was officially confirmed as the Shree Jagannath Temple Managing Committee met on Tuesday and approved the Rath Yatra schedule up to the end of the festival, that is Niladri Bije. The schedule was prepared and proposed by the Chhatisha Nijog and the sub-committee for temple rituals.

This year’s proceedings will follow the precedent set during the 1971 Rath Yatra, when a similar situation occurred. Many rituals will be advanced and observed simultaneously on the day of the Rath Yatra, which begins on July 7.

The three chariots will move from the construction yard to the Simhadwar on the previous night. The consecration of the three chariots will be completed by 11 am, while the ceremonial Pahandi of the deities will begin at 1.10 pm, and be completed by 2.30 pm. Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb will perform the Chherapahanra ceremony around 4 pm.

The pulling of the three chariots will commence at 5 pm, starting with the Taladhwaja of Lord Balabhadra, followed by the Darpadalan of Devi Subhadra, and the Nandighosha of Lord Jagannath.

In 1971, only the Taladhwaja of Lord Balabhadra was pulled a short distance to honour tradition, with all chariots being pulled to their destinations the next day. This may be repeated this year.

Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb presided over the meeting, while chief administrator Vir Vikram Yadav presented the Chhatisha Nijog proposals. Members of the managing committee approved the festival schedule.

District admin to enhance Puri-Bbsr highway safety

In another development, the Puri district administration has taken steps to ensure that the approximately 60-km National Highway between Puri and Bhubaneswar is hassle-free and safe for commuters, especially considering the large number of visitors travelling daily to witness the annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath and Sunabesha.

According to an official press release, all intersections and bazaar areas along the highway will be illuminated with high-mast lights, and electric supply poles will be relocated at least 10 feet away from the road.

Additionally, CCTV cameras will be installed at every 10-kilometre interval to monitor movement along the road. Encroachments along the highway are being removed, and a massive road safety awareness campaign is ongoing.

District road transport officer Robin Patnaik informed that the district road safety committee has suggested several measures to reduce road accidents and curb crime on the highway. Speed limits of different vehicles are being monitored, and violators fined. Patnaik mentioned that the installation of CCTV cameras has been completed.

“Lighting work on all three bypass roads-Malatipatpur-Sterling Beach Road, Chandanpur, and Pipili Bypass-and two road overbridges is in progress and expected to be completed before the Rath Yatra. The NHAI has been requested to implement several committee suggestions in this regard,” Patnaik added.

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