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Rath Yatra 2021: All You Need to Know About Gundicha Temple in Puri

Within the Hindu month of Aashadha, the Jagannath Rath Yatra 2021 typically begins on the Dwitiya Tithi (second day), Shukla Paksha (waxing part of the Moon). In keeping with the Gregorian calendar, the occasion is presently held in June or July. This 12 months, the Dwitiya Tithi begins on July 11, 2021, at 07:47 hrs, and concludes on July 12, 2021 at 08:19 hrs.

The most important festivals in India, the Rath Yatra at Puri celebrates Lord Jagannath, and his siblings’ (Balabhadra and Subhadra) journey to the Gundicha temple some Three kilometres away from Shrimandira (fundamental temple) of Lord Jagannath.

Gundicha temple that performs a serious position throughout the Rath Yatra, apparently, stays vacant for a lot of the 12 months. It is just throughout the Shukla Paksha of Ashada month yearly that the deities of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra spend seven days on the temple and it turns into the hub of all actions.

Gundicha Temple in Puri that performs a serious position throughout the Jagannath Rath Yatra. (Picture: Shutterstock)

Listed here are a couple of legends and lesser recognized info surrounding the Gundicha temple:

1. The Gundicha temple is believed to have been named after the spouse of Indradyumna, who was a Malava king, and in keeping with the Mahabharata, was the son of Bharat and Sunanda.

Legends say that when the celestial architect was constructing the Jagannath temple, the queen Gundicha chanced upon the magnificent website and was so awed by it that she requested her husband Indradyumna to construct one other related temple in honour of the deity.

2. Native lore says that the temple is devoted to the goddess Gundicha, who’s Durga herself. In keeping with folklore, she was the maternal aunt of Jagannath, who visited her yearly, accompanied by his siblings. Gundicha is believed to own the flexibility to remedy small pox and different illnesses. Curiously, Gundi interprets from Odia to imply small pox.

3. One other legend speaks of Jagannath and his consort Lakshmi and the way he locks Lakshmi within the retailer room of the Jagannath temple and goes to reside within the Gundicha temple for every week. This resonates with the legends of Lord Krishna since it’s believed that Jagannath was rumoured to have been attended to by devadasis, symbolic of Krishna’s gopis, led by Radha on the Gundicha temple.

4. One other fable speaks of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who is believed to have walked in direction of the Gundicha temple unnoticed by his servants and followers and disappeared ceaselessly.

Curiously, the temple has two gates. The western gate is the principle temple gate, via which the deities enter the temple throughout Rath Yatra. The japanese gate, often known as Nakachana gate, is used for the departure of the deities. Aside from the 9-day Rath Yatra when Jagannath is worshipped in Gundicha temple, the temple stays empty the remainder of the 12 months.

5. A specific characteristic within the worship of the deities at Gundicha Temple is that Brahmin temple servants, as a substitute of daitas provide the puja. Daitas are the standard non-Brahmin servitors of Jagannath.

6. One other uncommon characteristic is that the pictures are smeared with bigger portions of sandalwood paste, twice a day, as a “cooling agent” (as is usually completed to the goddess Gundicha).

7. A serious ceremony celebrated within the Gundicha Temple throughout the Rath Yatra is on the Panchami. On Hera Panchami, the livid goddess Lakshmi arrives, within the type of the picture of Subarna Mahalakshmi, on the Gundicha Temple to fulfill together with her husband and inquire after him.

8. One other ritual is the ceremony of Dakshina Moda (turning south) which is noticed on the day after Hera Panchami. In preparation for the return journey, the chariots are turned to face in direction of the principle temple within the southern route and are parked close to the Nakachana gate (japanese gate) of the Gundicha Temple.

9. Dakshina Moda additionally marks the start of the three-day Rasa Lila of Jagannath. The return journey of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra to the principle temple, after spending seven days within the Gundicha temple, is called the Bahuda Yatra.

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