Friday, September 18, 2020
Home Indian History & Culture World embraces for Nabakalebara: The ritual of Lord Jagannath’s new embodiment

World embraces for Nabakalebara: The ritual of Lord Jagannath’s new embodiment

Puri-Temple1 (1)

By Prateek Kumar

Nabakalebara is among one of the most prominent festivals of Odisha, celebrating the regeneration of Lord Jagannath, Bhalabhadara, Subhadra and Sudarshan by restoring their wooden idols in Jagannath temple, Puri.  According to the secret code of conduct followed in the customs, the provision is there for changing the deities. And with the help of secret rituals the supreme power is installed from old deities to the new one.

The ceremony that’s traditionally performed once in 6, 12 or 18 years is organized during the intercalary month of the respective year’s annual calendar, i.e. a year that has consecutive lunar months of Ashadha. This year’s festival will be commencing from 18 July and is expected to be witnessed by more than 20 lakh people and the net expenditure of the festival ranges to Rs 1000 crore.

Numerous myths, elaborate rituals and several celestial incidents are also attached with this propitious event and the procedure of which is also mentioned in Sanskrit manuscripts inscribed on the palm leaves which are kept in the Jagannath temple.

For the prosper completion of the ritual Gajapati Maharajah of Puri gives a decree of instructions to the Vidyapati, Diatas and Brahmins who are well versed in Vedas, to go and search a tree on which images of the deities can be crafted.

A group of devotees from several communities in strict adherence to the ancient scriptures travel together in their quest of finding the appropriate tree (Neem/Margo) whose wood is used in the construction of the deities. The need for the new deities is imperative owing to the decay of the wooden idols over the years.

Sankha (conch), Chakra (disc), Gada (mace/club) and Padma (lotus) are the few specifications that a tree must fulfill to be chosen as a Daru Brahma. A search party is formed to go out and locate the “Holy tree”. The herd of searchers consists of 1 heir of Pati Mahapatra family, 20 Dayitapatis, 1 Lenka, 9 Maharanas, 16 Brahmanas, 3 Deulakaranas, 30 Police officers and 2 Inspector of police.

For the successful completion of Nabakalebara fest, centre has already given Rs 50 crore to Odisha government and The Tourism Development Corporation of Odisha has also announced special tourism packages for pilgrims of Nabakalebara festival. People are waiting to see the revival of Lord Jagannath and witness this sacred congregation that unites all the communities and classes. There is also a belief that marriages are prohibited during this year of reincarnation.

STAY CONNECTED

19,152FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,773FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Neglected Children More Likely To Have Teen Pregnancy: Study

Researchers have found that children who experience neglect are seven times more likely than other abuse victims to have a teen pregnancy. The study, published...

Sakharam Binder: Play That Explores Idea Of Censorship

Back in the early 1970s, Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar's play 'Sakharam Binder' -- which features the character of a bookbinder who 'takes in' women...

Patients With Covid-19 Likely To Diagnose With A Heart Stroke

Researchers have found that Covid-19 may be diagnosed on the same emergency scans intended to diagnose stroke. The findings published in the American Journal of...

Asian-Americans Experience Increased Racism Since Covid-19: Report

A report released by a US civil rights group showed Asian-Americans have experienced increased racism since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country more than...

Hair Tips By Actress Kajol

Actress Kajol has often sported bouncy curls, and it is not too difficult to have hair like hers, she assures. Sharing a candid photo taken...

Twitter Halts Transparency Web Series Promotion. Is Twitter Biased?

By NewsGram Desk Twitter, a well-known platform to share ideas, thoughts, spread awareness, advertise our new ideas and projects, is suddenly taking down advertisements and...

Traditional Matchmaking Holds a Lot of Prejudiced, Preconceived Notions: Physician Rupam Kaur

By Siddhi Jain For Rupam Kaur, an Indian-American physician, the pursuit of finding love a second time took more than the traditional formula of meeting...

10 Facts on How Mosquitoes are One of the Deadliest Creatures in the World

A warmer climate, travel and trade are helping to spread mosquito-borne diseases as a deadly beast smaller than a paper clip poses a threat...

Recent Comments

Donate to NewsGram to support quality journalism.
x