Bahuda Jatra: Return Journey Of Lord Jagannath To Srimandir Begins
Puri: The auspicious Bahuda Jatra (return journey) of Lord Jagannath and His siblings began today after staying for a week at the Gundicha Temple here during 9-day Ratha Jatra.
The spiritually soaked devotees were found waiting to have glimpse of deities atop the chariots that rolled on the Grand Road towards Srimandir after completion of all rituals.
Amid sounds of gongs, conches and cymbals that reverberated the sky at Saradha Bali, the pahandi rituals commenced at around 8 am with Lord Sudarshan escorted to Darpadalan chariot. Later, Bada Thakura Lord Balabhadra was taken to His Taladhwaja chariot in dhadi pahandi through Nakachanadwar of Gundicha Temple.
Goddess Subhadra, the sister of Lord Jagannath and Lord Balabhadra, was brought to Darpadalan chariot in sunya pahandi by servitors, followed by Lord Jagannath. The Lord of Universe moved towards Nandhighosha chariot in a dhadi pahandi amid sounds of traditional musical instrument gongs played by Ghantua Sevayats.
Bahuda Jatra of Lord Jagannath is held on 9th day of Shukla Paksha in Ashadha month as per Hindu almanac. It also holds equal significance like Ratha Jatra when deities will proceed towards their abode Srimandir after staying seven days at their birthplace Gundicha Temple.