[In Pictures] ‘Niladri Bije’: Lord Jagannath, Sibling Deities Return To Temple As Rath Yatra Ends In Odisha’s Puri
Puri: Completing a nine-day sojourn, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra were taken from their chariots to the Ratna Singhasana inside the Jagannath Temple in Odisha’s Puri on Tuesday evening, bringing to an end the world-famous Rath Yatra this year.
As part of ‘Niladri Bije’, servitors escorted Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra inside the temple in a ceremonial procession called ‘Goti Pahandi’.
Lord Jagannath’s return to the temple is not a smooth affair. In keeping with age-old tradition, as Lord Jagannath neared the Jaya Vijaya Dwara of the temple, Goddess Lakshmi closed the door preventing Him from entering the temple, upset at being left alone during the Rath Jatra.
Lord Jagannath then entreated Goddess Lakshmi by offering Her rasagola to appease Her. Goddess Lakshmi then allowed Lord Jagannath to enter the temple, as per tradition.
Lakhs of devotees gathered at the pilgrim town to witness ‘Niladri Bije’ and offered rasagola to the Lords.
A few glimpses of the three deities moving to Shree Mandira.
With the completion of Niladri Bije, the Grand Festival of Rath Yatra this year comes to an end!
— PuriOfficial (@Puri_Official) July 13, 2022
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) July 13, 2022
ନୀଳାଦ୍ରୀବିଜେ ପାଇଁ ମହାପ୍ରଭୁ ରସଗୋଲା ଦେଇ ମା' ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀଙ୍କ ମାନଭଞ୍ଜନ କରିବା ଜଗନ୍ନାଥ ସଂସ୍କୃତିର ଅନନ୍ୟ ପରମ୍ପରା। ଜଗନ୍ନାଥ ସଂସ୍କୃତି ଏବଂ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଖାଦ୍ୟ ପରମ୍ପରାରେ ରସଗୋଲାର ସ୍ଥାନ ସର୍ବଦା ସ୍ୱତନ୍ତ୍ର। #RasagolaDibasa pic.twitter.com/1ul6JiSaIB
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) July 12, 2022