LORD JAGANNATH, BALABHADRA & DEVI SUBHADRA ARE OFFERED ‘ADHAR PANA’, A RICH DRINK ON THE CHARIOTS PARKED OUTSIDE SRI JAGANNATH TEMPLE :

Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra are offered Adhar Pana, a rich drink on the chariots parked outside the Sri Jagannath temple.The drink after bhog to the deities is considered most sacred and holy.Lords dedicated the entire drink for the Mokshya of ghostly bodies.After nine day sojourn to the Gundicha temple, the Trinity on Monday arrived at the Simhadwar of the main temple. Today    famous Suna Beshas of the deities are performing on the chariots. As per the norms of the Adhar Pana ritual, nine large open mouth barrel shaped pitchers with at least one metre height full of drinks, popularly called Adhar Pana, will be  placed before the three deities on the chariots (three each on each chariot) touching the lips of the deities.The drink will be offered to the deities through Sodosha Upachar Pooja performed by the priests.This ritual will continue till late in the night.Soon after this offering these earthen pitchers will be  smashed on the chariots spilling the entire drink on the floor of the decks.It is believed that numerous spirits, ghostly bodies and souls trail the lords during the Rath Yatra eagerly wait for this moment to get Mokshya by drinking the holy drink.A large number of devotees assemble around the chariots eagerly waiting to get the holy drink.As soon as it spills many devotees collect the Adhar Pana in earthen pots from the under belly of the Raths.The deities  remain on the chariots and  enter into the main temple’s sanctum sanctorum  in ceremonial Pahandi procession to be conducted by the Daita servitors.Before entering into the temple, the deities are offered Rasagola bhog on the chariots.The deities enter into the sanctum sanctorum of the main temple and the said ritual is called Niladri Bije.

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