Puri: After spending 14 days in Anasara Gruha (asylum for sick), Lord Jagannath and his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra are all set to reappear before the devotees on the occasion of Nabajouban Darshan Friday.
The Srimandir deities were under medication for fever at Anasara Gruha after Snanapurnima (bathing) ritual June 28.
“The deities recovered from fever after they were administered herbal medicines. They are now ready to flaunt their rejuvenated youth hood on the occasion of Nabajouban Darshan July 13,” said a Srimandir servitor.
Temple sources said Datta Mahapatra servitors Thursday performed the Banakalagi ritual of the deities. It is learnt that devotees will be allowed to have darshan of the deities from 8am Friday after the completion of some routine rituals. “Devotees will be allowed to pay obeisance to The Trinity from Bhitara Katha. The Sahanamela (free) darshan of the deities will start soon after the completion of Paramanik (paid) darshan by 9 am,” said a source in the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).
According to sources, the SJTA has decided to sell around 5,000 tickets to devotees for Paramanik darshan. “The Paramanik darshan ticket charge has been hiked by Rs 20. Now, devotees will have to pay Rs 70 for each ticket. Devotees can purchase Paramanik darshan tickets from the temple information centre,” said an SJTA official.
It is learnt that devotees will be allowed to enter the Srimandir through the South Gate during Paramanik darshan while VIPs are scheduled to enter through the West Gate of the temple. “Devotees will be allowed to enter through the Lions’ Gate during the Sahanamela darshan. The temple will be closed for people by 10 pm,” added the official.
Meanwhile, carpenters have completed the construction of three chariots at Rath Yard on the Grand Road. “The three chariots will be pulled to the Lions’ Gate after receiving the Agyanmala (deities’ consent) Friday evening,” said a carpenter.
Rath Yatra in New Delhi
New Delhi: The famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath would be celebrated in the national capital Friday with preparations at two important Jagannath temples here have reached the last stage. The two Jagannath temples – the Thyaagraj Jagannath temple and the Hauz Khas Jagannath temple – have decided to organise Rath Yatra to ensure that the members of Odia community and others who could not visit Puri get a glimpse of the annual festival here. According to the organisers, Delhi Lieutenant General (LG) Anil Baijal will attend the car festival of Hauz Khas Jagannath temple while Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will attend the festival at Thyaagraj Jagannath temple.