Puri: The Pahandi rituals concluded and all the deities were escorted to the holy chariots for their return to abode after 9-day-long stay at Gundicha Temple.
All the rituals are being held three hours before the scheduled timings today.
Lord Jagannath was taken to His chariot Nandighosha in a ceremonial ‘Dhadi Pahandi’ following His siblings Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra and Lord Sudarshan were escorted to their respective chariots in the morning.
The devotees gathered around the chariots to have divine darshan of Lord Jagannath and His siblings. There is a belief that one attains salvation after having darshan of Lord Jagannath on chariot.
The chariots will be pulled at around 4.00 pm.
Notably, the Lords were on a 9-day vacation at Gundicha Temple during Ratha Jatra. The devotees were having darshan of the deities at Adapa mandap of the shrine during the week-long sojourn. The Prasad offered to the deities at Gundicha Temple is called Adapa Prasad.