Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jun 17:
The Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) will review the inordinate delay in the Brahma Parivatan of the Lords at the Shree Mandir in Odisha’ holy town of Puri yesterday.
The most important of the Nabakalebara ritual, which should have been completed late on Monday night was over late on Tuesday afternoon.
Talking to the newsmen after the conclusion of the much-awaited ritual, which was delayed by 10 hours, SJTA chief administrator Suresh Mohapatra said the temple administration will have a detailed review and take action against those responsible for the inordinate delay.
“The temple administration will have a detailed review on the delay in the entire rituals starting from Brahma Sansthapan (infusion of Brahma) in the new idols to the patali (burial) of the old idols. If any irregularities come to the notice, appropriate action would be taken against those who were responsible for the delay,” Mohapatra said in an exclusive briefing to a local TV channel.
Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Dev has made it clear that the delay was not caused by him.
“I was ready and waiting for the call since the afternoon. As soon as I received the message from the servitors to perform the Purnahuti in the Maha Yajna at the Koili Baikuntha late on Monday night, I rushed to the temple immediately and performed the ritual,” he said.
The Gajapati Maharaja, however, did not make any comments on the delay in the Brahma Parivartan rituals of the Lords.
“There was a slight delay on the part by the Biswakarma. The rituals started after the Brahmanas, who were on fast, took the Mahaprasad of the Lords. The Daitapatis have performed their duties diligently. We welcome the temple administration’s move to have a detailed review on this so that the fact comes to the fore. It was the wishes of the Lords who performed their own rituals. We are only a medium,” he added.
Referring to the delay in the Brahma Parivartan of the Lords, Sudarshan Badagrahi Nabakishore Pati Mohapatra said since there was a delay in the pahandi of the Lords, the other rituals also got delayed.
Praising the Daitapatis, Bidyapatis and Biswakarmas, secretary of Daitapati Nijog Rama Krushna Das Mohapatra said they have performed the gupta niti (secret rituals) of the Lords meticulously.
However, those who know temple traditions said the servitors had grossly violated the ritual schedule of the temple administration.
Completion of in the construction of the idols was delayed while the pratistha yajna, scheduled to be over before sunset, began at 2.30 AM. The consecration of the temple premises, scheduled at 8 PM, was completed only at 4 AM.
This was followed by a dispute among the Daitapatis, who, instead of giving priority to the divine responsibility, tried to assert their supremacy, sources said.
As per the directive of the temple administration, four senior servitors—Bidyapati sevak Nabakishore Pati Mohapatra, Subhadra Badagrahi Binayak Das Mohaptra, Jagannath Badagrahi Jagannath Swain Mohapatra and Balabhadra Badagrahi Haladhar Das Mohapatra— were supposed to perform the Brahma Parivartan of the Lords at Anasara Pindi inside Koili Baikuntha.
However, claiming that the directive of the temple administration contradicts with the Swaralipi manuals of the temple, some Daitapatis demanded that apart from the four Badagrahis, four senior-most servitors be engaged in the Brahma Parivartan rituals.
Citing instances, they said while Adhara Chandra Das Mohapatra had accompanied the four Badagrahis in the Brahma Parvartan of the Lords during 1977 Nabakalebara, Narasingh Das Mohapatra, Dinabandhu Swain Mohapatra and Laxman Das Mohapatra had accompanied the four Badagrahis in 1996 Nabakalebara.
The warring Daitapatis also raised question of authority of the Dalapati (leader) and the Badagrahis. The situation went to such an extent that there was a vote among the Daitapatis supporting the Dalapati. The situation became more precarious as a majority of Daitapatis opined against the Dalapati.
However, things became normal at about 12.30 PM after the Dalapati agreed to allow Premanand Das Mohapatra, secretary of Daitapati Nijog, Biswanath Das Mohapatra (82), Krushna Chandra Das Mohapatra (76), Kashinath Das Mohapatra (72) and Nabakishore Das Mohapatra (70) to Anasara Pindi to perform Brahma Parivartan rituals.
These five senior servitors, along with the four Badagrahis, later removed the Brahmas from the four old idols. After the Pati Mohpatra performed the bathing rituals of the Brahmas and offered them Prasad, the Brahmas were wrapped up with Pata bastra and put inside the new idols with tulsi, chandan, kasturi and white flowers.
The ritual was completed at 5 PM after the darshan of the Brahmas by all Daita Bhagaris.
Later, the Daitapatis took the old idols on their shoulders to Koili Baikuntha for burial under the pit dug out by the Kotha Suansia servitors. After laying them on the Pata Bastra, the Daitapatis offered chandan, tulsi, jui flowers, kasturi and karala on the idols and wrapped them with Pata Bastra.
The patali (burial) of the idols was completed after they were covered with sands.