Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, June 14:
With just a day left for the momentous event of Brahmapadartha parivartan (removal of the life substance from the old idols and its transfer to the newly carved idols) of the presiding deities of Shree Jagannath temple in Odisha’s holy town Puri around midnight tomorrow, Biswakarma (carpenter servitors) are giving final touches to the new idols. Carving of the idols will be completed today.
As per tradition, Vidyapati of the Banajaga Yatra team will first perform the Brahmapadartha parivartan of Lord Sudarshan.
At the time of Brahmapadartha parivartan, badagrahis (body protectors of the four deities of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Sudarshan) will remain present; they will be administered oath of secrecy by the Vidyapati.
The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has entrusted the task of Brahmapadartha parivartan to the badagrahis of the four deities.
As per time-honoured practice, the old idols will be buried in Koilibaikuntha (also known as the graveyard of the deities) inside the temple premises after Brahmapadartha parivartan of the deities. The process of burying of the old idols is known as patali ritual.
As prescribed in the scriptures, the images of horses, charioteer and idols of parshwa devas and devis that were being used in the three chariots since the last Nabakalebara of the Lords in 1996 will also be buried along with the idols of the principal deities.
A pit measuring 25 ft in length, 20 ft wide and 10 ft deep has been dug up at Koilibaikuntha for the purpose.
“Everything to do with the carving of the new idols will be completed by tonight. Tomorrow is the purnaahuti day; the new idols will be taken to the anasara pindi. After entering into the temple through the Dakshina Dwara, Gajapati Maharaja Dibya Singha Deb will do the purnaahuti. The Brahmapadartha parivartan of the Lords will take place late in the night tomorrow. This is done in complete secrecy. Even stotriya Brahmins are debarred from witnessing it; they are even not allowed to touch the ‘Nyasa Daru’,” said Biswabasu, Binayak Das Mohapatra to reporters today.
While the Rath Yatra of the ‘Nyasa Daru’ was conducted inside the Shree Mandir premises Saturday night, the construction of the three chariots, its horses and images of peripheral gods and goddesses used in them are in full swing at the Ratha Khala (chariot construction yard on the Grand Road).