Puri Chandan Yatra 2008

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Lord Jagannathas festivals are designed in such a way that for every season he has got something special to celebrate. To curtail the effect of the scorching heat of summer lord Jagannath used to take dip in the water mixed with chandan i.e sandal wood paste and favoured with Jasmine and take rounds in the a special pond called Narendra Sarobar on Swan shaped boats called Chapa. This is called Chandan Yatra.It is observed in the famous shrine of Lord Jagannatha at Puri followed by similar other shrines of Orissa. The festival, starting from “Akshyaya Trutiya”, lasts for twenty-one days and is held in the month of ‘Baisakh or Vaishaka’ when summer heat is at its peak in Orissa. In most of the Vishnu as well as Shiva temples this is celebrated with much pomp and splendor.

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This festival starts with Akshaya tritiya and on this day the construction of chariots also starts for Rathayatra.It is most elaborately observed in Puri and attracts thousands of pilgrims from far and near. On all the twenty-one days the entire road from the shrine of Lord Jagannatha leading up to the “Narendra Sarobar” (a sacred tank in Puri town) along with the houses on both sides is decorated. At some places, especially in front of ‘Maths’ (monasteries) or at cross-roads big ‘toranas’ (arches) are erected. Here the idols take casual rest and receive offerings The representative images of the deities installed in temples such as “Madanmohana” (representing Lord Jagannatha), “Laxmi” and “Saraswati” are taken in a richly decorated palanquin by the ‘Sevakas’ accompanied by priests, musicians and dancers to the Narendra Sarobar at night.

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The tank is decorated with lights and flowers. Thousands of spectators jam-packed all around in expectation of the arrival of the procession of deities. On well decorated palanquins or Dolis called as Vimanas comes the first set of deities Laxmi,Saraswati and Madanmohan.In the next set two deities Rama and Krishna comes and in the third set adorning in five vimanas comes the five representatives of lord Siva or chalanti pratimas of Siva named as Panchu Pandav.

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After reaching the Narendra Sarobar, the idols are then placed in small cubical water tanks of about 1 ft by 1ft.These tanks are filled with water flavored in sandalwood paste and jasmine and some other favoring articles.After resting a while the deities are placed on different well-decorated boats and they are rowed for a long time by the Sevakas. During the rowing ceremony ‘Devadasis’ (temple-dancers) dance and sing on the boat.

Generally, the colours chosen for the boats are red and white and they are so designed to look like huge swans floating on water. The peculiarity of the ceremony is that Madanmohana with Laxmi and Saraswati rides on the white coloured raft where-as Ramakrishna with “Pancha Shivas” rides the red one. All the deities on the boat take several rounds in the water, which continue till early hours of the morning and then retire to the respective shrines. The last day of the festival is called “Bhaunri” (‘Bhramari’ or circle) when special elaborate arrangements are made.

Most of the important festivals of Lord Jagannatha at Puri are also followed in all other important shrines of Orissa. Following tradition of the Puri the idols are taken out in procession on palanquins to the nearby tanks and take rounds in water on boats. In all such temples it is observed only for the last three days. After the ceremony, which usually takes place at mid-night, people enjoy performances of dance, drama and music specially arranged for this occasion.

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4 Responses to “Puri Chandan Yatra 2008”

  1. Bulu Pattanaik Says:

    Ratha Yatra Updates over here http://rathayatra.fullorissa.com/

  2. manohar Says:

    Well done! You have taken me on a nostalgic trip with your blog. I studied in Orissa and also worked for a couple of years in this wonderful state. This is the first blog that is promoting the state in a nice manner.

  3. Ashish Says:

    Hi, Can u tell me when ratha yatra will started and when the pat(Door) is closed/Opened

  4. fornetti Says:

    I do not believe this

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