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Odisha Nabakalebara: Banajaga team arrives at Konark


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Konark (Puri), Apr 1:

The Daitapati servitors of Shri Jagannath temple in Odisha’s pilgrim town of Puri who had set out for Banajaga Yatra in search of daru (log) of the Lords, arrived at Konark this morning on the fourth day of their journey.

Banajaga team
Banajaga team

The Banajaga team, which had arrived at Balighai in the wee hours of Tuesday, began their journey at 5.45 PM yesterday and arrived at Ramachandi temple at 8.45 PM after covering a distance of 15 km on bare foot.

After having a night halt at the temple, the team left for Konark at 5.35 AM today and arrived at the Muktakasha Ranga Manch (Open Air Theatre) at Konark temple premises.

The team is scheduled to leave for Shankareswar temple at 6 PM and then proceed towards Deuli mutt at Kakatpur tomorrow after a night halt at the temple.

The district administration has made arrangements for Mahaprasad for the Daitapati servitors during their stay at Shankareswar temple.

The administration has also provided medical treatment to the swelling and bruised feet of the servitors as they walk with bare foot as per the tradition.

The Banajaga team, after arriving at Deuli mutt, would perform majana ritual at Maa Mangala temple. The team would later leave Kakatpur in search of daru after the swapnadesh (divine order conveyed in dream) of the Goddess.