Special rituals for Makara Sankranti in Puri Srimandira

As per the tradition, yesterday Goddess Laxmi returned from her father’s house. She has brought ‘Makara Chaula’. From today Lord Jagannath to eat food cooked by the Goddess

Puri: Today is Makara Sankranti. The festive atmosphere is witnessed everywhere for this fest. In the Srimandira, the famous Lord Jagannath temple in Puri of Odisha, special rituals are going on for Makara Sankranti. As per the tradition, yesterday Goddess Laxmi returned from her father’s house. She has brought ‘Makara Chaula’. The Makara Prasad will be served in the Madhyanha Dhupa.

Not only in Srimandira, but Makara Sankranti is being observed across the State today.

Makara Sankranti is one of the 12 festivals (Dwadasa Yatra) of Lord Jagannath. The uttarayana Gati of Sun begins from today. From today gradually the temperature will rise bringing more heat. Lord Jagannath will be appear before the devotees in the Makara Chourasi besha. In this besha, the Lord wears scented flowers, basil leaves and ornaments.

From yesterday only special Makara Chaula was sent from the Alam Chandi temple to Srimandira. It is called ‘Makaratada’. Today after the Abakasha ritual, the Lord has taken Mailam in Makara Chourashi besha. On the other hand, Ramananda Chita has been drawn around the ‘Anla Bedha’ in orange (geru) colour by the Chunara servitors who have also done the ‘Majana’ of the ‘Nilachakra’.

Today makara chaula was prepared in every household of Odisha. This tasty makar chaula was offered to the God and later distributed to friends and relatives.

In Srimandira the Pahili bhoga, which begins on the Dhanu Sankranti is stopped from Makara Sankranti. Because, Goddess Laxmi visits her father’s house from Dhanu Sankranti. Hence, within these days Mother Bimala was preparing ‘Pahili bhoga’ for her son early in the morning. And now, as Goddess Laxmi returned from her father’s house, now Lord Jagannath will get food cooked by Goddess Laxmi.

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