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Festival of chariots

Festival of chariots

Poda Pitha After the 9 days sojourn at the Gundicha Temple, the Lord Jagannath return to the temple, but stop once during the journey. Can you guess why? Well, that’s because Lord can’t be back home without tasting his favorite sweet, Poda Pitha, a special kind of pancake made in Odisha, on the way!

When Lord Jagannath  from moving

Legend has it that Lord Jagannath would be unwilling to visit his aunt’s place every time, and creepily, every year, no matter how many thousands of devotees push the chariot, it would simple refuse to move a bit from its place. It’s only after hours of pushing that it would finally show movement! Yes, it’s kind of funny

Rath Yatra or the famous Chariot Festival marks Lord Jagannath’s yearly sojourn to HIS maternal aunt’s abode. Well, yes, it is a fact propounded by the legends. However, the pomp and show with which the occasion is celebrated in Puri, the abode of Lord Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra, is indeed something to be graced at least once in a lifetime.

For those who are yet unaware of this great festivity, here we have got few interested facts about the Puri Rath Yatra that you’ll surely love to know—

Rain

The occasion is celebrated every year on the Ashadh Shukla Dwitiya, according to Hindu calendar. And, apparently, there hasn’t been a single Rath Yatra day ever when it hasn’t rained in Puri!

Sri Jagannath eats!!!

In Jagannatha’s temple in Puri, Orissa, a special class of priests follows strict regulative worship of the Lord, who appears with His elder brother, Balarama, and sister, Subhadra.

Only certain brahmanas are allowed to cook and offer the prescribed fifty-six daily preparations, a fact that makes the pastimes of Dasia Bauri, preserved in the local oral history of Puri, especially sweet.

Dasia Bauri came from a low-caste family and lived near Puri, in a village called Baligram.

Dasia was poor and uneducated. Forbidden entrance to the temple because of his caste, he showed unflinching faith in the Lord.

Once, Dasia gave a coconut to a brahmana who was on his way to the temple. He requested the brahmana to offer the coconut to Lord Jagannatha on his behalf, but to bring it back if the Lord rejected it.

The brahmana proudly laughed at Dasia’s childish foolishness, but said he would offer the coconut.  Once he was inside the temple, the brahmana held the coconut before Jagannatha and repeated Dasia’s message.

“Dasia Bauri has sent this coconut for You. Please accept it; otherwise I will take it back.”

Suddenly, Jagannatha extended His arm from the altar and took the coconut directly out of the brahmana’s hand, to the brahmana’s great surprise.Dasia Bauri’s sincere devotion was so great that the Lord personally accepted his indirect offering.

Since the Lord is situated in the heart of every living entity in His Paramatma feature, He could see Dasia’s strong desire to please Him, and so He accepted the simple offering.

On another occasion, Dasia Bauri went to Puri carrying a large basket of mangoes for the Lord.

When he reached the Lion’s Gate entrance to the temple, a group of brahmanas started fighting over who would take the mangoes inside the temple to offer to the Lord.

Dasia Bauri told them that he did not need them to offer the mangoes for him.

The brahmanas were bewildered, as they were proud of their position, and did not think the low-caste devotee eligible to offer anything to the Lord.

Dasia’s faith was unshaken, however, and he simply stood back a short distance and focused his gaze on the Nilachakra, the large wheel on top of the temple.

In that way he saw the form of the Lord, because the name, form, and paraphernalia of the Lord are nondifferent from Him.

Nilachakra is nondifferent from Jagannatha.

When Dasia held up two mangoes and showed them to the Nilachakra, they disappeared.

Dasia repeatedly offered mangoes in this way until his basket was empty. A crowd gathered around Dasia and watched the mangoes disappear, as if by magic.

When Dasia told the brahmanas that Jagannatha had eaten the mangoes, they rushed into the temple and found mango skins and seeds lying all around the altar.

Mango juice was dripping down Jagannatha’s smiling face.

The brahmanas then understood that Dasia Bauri was a great devotee of the Lord, and their pride vanished. Dasia Bauri’s offerings showed the world that the Lord looks only for faith and love, not high birth, education, or the opulence of the offering.

 

Moral of the story:

Time and time again devotees have doubts if Krishna eating when they offer him something. And Lord proves that he actually eats. But in all cases it was shown by the Lord when devotee has this special item of devotion. We don’t need anything else. We don’t need to make special opulent offerings. We just need emotion who will appear from our heart and will be transmitted to the Deity through our food. Emotion can travel throw food.

Krishna accepts offerings in His deity form. The deity is not simply a representation of Krishna but it  is Krishna Himself.

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