Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Kakatpur, Apr 3: ‘
The all important majana niti (bathing ritual) of Maa Mangala, the presiding deity of Kakatpur in Odisha’s Puri district, will be performed on Friday.
Majana niti of Maa Mangala is considered all important because it is only after the completion of this ritual that the Banajaga Yatra team leader receives in his dream the divine prophesies on the locations of the darus (neem trees out of which new idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Sudarshan will be carved).
The Banajaga Yatra team arrived at the Deuli Mutt on the banks of river Prachi in Kakatpur on Thursday. The team was accorded a grand reception by the Mutt authorities and devotees amid chants of haribol and beats of drums, cymbals and trumpets.
After the team’s arrival at the Deuli Mutt, the Deula Karana (temple clerk of Shree Jagannath temple), who is a member of the team, delivered the customary chitau (memo) to the trust board of Maa Mangala temple informing them of the Banajaga Yatra team’s arrival and requesting it to make arrangements for tomorrow’s ritual.
In response, Maa Mangala temple trust board delivered a reciprocal chitau informing the Banajaga team of the readiness of the priests to conduct the ritual.
“The day we arrive at the Deuli Mutt, we deliver the chitau to the Maa Mangala temple authorities for the Mother’s majana niti because the very next day as per tradition they come in a grand procession to welcome us to the temple for the ritual. They invite us for the ritual,” said Chandrasekhar Mangaraj, Deula Karana of Shree Jagannath temple.
After finalization of the propitious moment, priests and trust board members of the Maa Mangala shrine will arrive at the Deuli Mutt to receive the Banajaga Yatra team and accompany them to the temple in a procession to the beats of drums and blowing of rana kahalis (trumpets used in wars in olden days).
On their arrival at the shrine, the Banajaga team members will do pradaskhina (circumambulation) of the shrine.
After that mahasnana (grand bath) of Maa Mangala will be conducted using 108 garas (pots) of water to be followed by the majana niti.
While stotriya Brahmins (Brahmins capable of chanting invocations) will chant mantras, Daitapati sevayats (servitors) will chant swapnabati mantra and will wait for directions from Maa Mangala for the search of darus.
“After completing ballav, Surya pooja etc. rituals by 6.15 AM and complete sakala dhoopa by 7AM and between 7.30 AM to 8 AM we will receive angyamala (garland of the Maa Mangala symbolizing authorization or go ahead signal) from Maa Mangala and then we will come in a procession to Deuli Mutt. We will reach the Mutt around 9.30 AM to 10 AM to welcome the Banajaga team and then come in procession to Maa Mangala temple where the rituals will be conducted,” said Kamal Lochan Dixit, a priest of Maa Mangala temple.
Daitapatis will move out in search of darus on April 5, said Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, chief administrator, SJTA.
“After completion of majana niti of Maa Mangala, the next day being lunar eclipse Daitapati sevayats cannot venture out in search of darus. Therefore, they will be moving out to different areas on 5th in search of darus,” Mohapatra told reporters.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made for tomorrow’s rituals.
“The main procession will start after 10 AM and huge crowds are expected and the road being narrow, we have made detailed arrangements for traffic control and crowd management as well as security. Since rituals will be held at the temple, we have made arrangements for deployment of forces there for the smooth conduct of the rituals,” said Asish Singh, SP Puri.