Baripada, July 5 (LocalWire): Tens of thousands of devotees, today, gathered in Baripada, the second Shrikhetra, waiting for the ‘shraddha laddu’ that would be distributed from the Lord’s moving chariot as per tradition.
Shraddha laddus are served as bhog to the deities during Rath Yatra and later distributed as prasadam to the devotees.
According to folklores, labourers used to pull the chariots earlier.
Once, the labourers asked the King of Mayurbhanj for bhog.
The warm-hearted king, standing on the Rath, gave away the gud-boondi laddus to the labourers and the tradition continues still.
Apart from laddus, khichdi, abadha, arisa pethha, kakra, kheeri, puri, poda pethha are some other varities of bhogs prepared as offerings to the deities.
According to custom, after Devi Subhadra’s chariot reaches the town’s police station, Shraddha laddu will be distributed among the female devotees.
Similarly, devotees pulling Nandighosa will be given laddus after they reach Gundicha temple.
The holy trinity will be escorted together to the temple’s Adapa Mandap, tomorrow where the trio will be adorned with new attires every day until their last day of stay at Mausi maa’s house.
The deities will be seen in Matsya-Kachhapa besa on the first day.
It will be followed by Hari hara-Bhrahma besa, Narasimha-Baraha besa, Bamana-Parshuram besa, Kancha-abhijana besa, Ekakalina Dwarika besa and lastly, Suna besa.
On the sixth day, 12 July, the three deities will ascend on their chariots again, in the Pahandi ritual and after completing all rituals, the chariots will be pulled from Gundicha temple on 13 July.
Unlike Rath Yatra, during Bahuda, Lord Jagannath’s Nandighosa will arrive at Puri Shrimandir first.
Then, Devi Subhadra’s Darpadalana will be pulled up to the town police station.
After, all the rituals are over Darpadalana will be pulled back to Shrimandir on 14 July.
It will be followed by Lord Balabhadra’s Taladhwaja.
After Taladhwaja reaches Shrimandir, the Pandas will once again distribute ‘shraddha laddus’.