Niladri Bije Date 2020 – 4 July 2020
On the 12th day, after the evening rituals, the deities return to the Sri Mandir – the main temple. Deities are taken to the Ratna Singhasana in goti pahandi procession. In goti pahandi procession the Deities move one after another, it means the next Deity only moves from the chariot after the former Deity reached to his/her destination. Before entering the main temple, a traditional act between the servitors of Lord Jagannath and Mahalaxmi was held at the main gate (Jaya Vijaya Door) of the temple. Mahalaxmi, the consort of the Lord Jagannath, was angry as she was left in the main temple and was not a part of the trip to the Gundicha temple. She closes the temple gate on the face of the Lord Jagannath and only allows Lord Balabhadra, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Sudarshana into the temple.
To appease Mahalaxmi and to gain access to the temple, Lord Jagannath offers Rasagolla (sweet) and requested her to forgive him. After a long conversation, Mahalakshmi finally gets convinced and opens the temple gate and allows Lord Jagannath inside. After that, Jagannath is made to sit beside Lakshmi where a ritual of reunion is rehearsed and finally Lord Jagannath ascends the Ratna Singhasana and re-joins his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. Deities home coming ceremony to the temple is known as ‘NILADRI VIJAY’ or ‘Niladri Vije’.The ritual is the last ritual historic Car Festival.
Every day is festive in the land of L0rd Jagannath. Thousands of disciples of Lord Jagannath comes to puri to have darshan of the Lord of the Universe. There are elaborate daily worship services in the Bada deula (Jagannath Temple, Puri). There are many festivals celebrated here with millions of people across the globe. A large number of traditional festivals are observed by the devotees of Lord Jagannath. Out of those numerous festivals, here is the list of twelve important festivals celebrated at Puri Jagannath temple.
Niladri Bije is celebrated on Asadha Trayodashi. Niladri Bije is the concluding day of Ratha Yatra. On this day deities return to the Ratna bedi. Lord Jagannath offers Rasgulla to goddess Laxmi to enter into the temple.
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