Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, July 11:
After elaborate rituals, the Holy Trinity- Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra- along with Lord Sudarshan returned to their abode inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Sri Jagannath temple in Odisha’s holy city of Puri in the early hours today.
The event, which marked the end of Rath Yatra festival, is known as the Niladri Bije.
The deities were taken out in a ritual descent from their respective chariots late on Thursday night and taken inside the Sri Mandir one by one.
The Niladri Bije event involves a number of interesting and dramatic rituals.
As Lord Jagannath heads for the temple, the entrance gate is kept shut by His celestial consort Laxmi, who expresses her anger over the Lord’s absence from the temple during the Rath Yatra, without her consent.
After this drama of daily domestic tiffs is enacted through the servitors representing both Lord Jagannath and Goddess Laxmi, the celestial couple finally makes up and the temple door is opened for the Lord to enter the main temple.
The three deities finally return to their bejeweled throne, the Ratna Singhasana, in the Garbha Griha or the sanctum sanctorum.