Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jul 24:
With the three chariots brought in front of the Nakachana Dwara of Sri Gundicha temple in Odisha’s holy town of Puri, the stage is now set for the Bahuda Yatra of the deities scheduled on Sunday.
The devotees pulled the Darpadalala chariot of Devi Suvadra and Taladhwaja chariot of Lord Balabhadra and turned them southward in front of the Nakachana Dwara yesterday.
The Darpadalala chariot of Devi Suvadra was kept southward after the Daitapatis brought the Agyanmala of the Lords to the Ratha Chakada in the evening on Thursday. Later, the chariot of Lord Balabhadra was also pulled to the Nakachana Dwara at about 6.15 PM.
After performing the rituals this morning, the chariot of Lord Jagannath was pulled to Nakachana Dwara and stationed facing south.
Meanwhile, there has been a rush of devotees to the Sri Gundicha temple to have darshan of the Lords.
With the Navami Darshan of the Lords scheduled tomorrow, police have made special arrangement in and outside Sri Gundicha temple for smooth entry and exit of the devotees.
Assuring the people that the Daitapatis would perform the Bahuda Yatra, Suna Vesha and Niladri Bije of the Lords smoothly, Jagannath Swain Mohapatra, the Badagrahi of Lord Jagannath said the temple administration should not be vengeful towards the servitors.
Referring to the incident of a woman devotee mounting the Nandighosha chariot, Mohapatra said the temple administration and the police should take necessary steps to restrain the devotees from attempting to mount the chariots.
“In my opinion, the temple administration should install a mike under the chariot and make announcement about the restriction on the mounting of the chariots. Since a number of devotees from rural areas have come to Puri, they are unaware of the directive of the Odisha High Court not to mount the chariots. The mike announcement would ceratinly help them,” he added.
It may be mentioned that the Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) had suspended a Pratihari Sevayat, Artatrana Pratihari and issued a show cause notice to the Jagannath Badagrahi after watching video footage in which a woman devotee was seen mounting the Nandighohsa chariot of Lord Jagannath during Adapa Pahandi of the Lords on Tuesday last.