Puri: Lord Jagannath and Balabhadra to wear Rakhis on Purnima, preparations underway

Puri: Lord Jagannath and Lord Balabhadra will be tied rakhis on coming Gambha Purnima that is also known as Rakhi Purnima. Preparations in this respect are at the last stage.

On the day of upcoming Purnima, gold laden Pata Rakhis and guaramalas will be tied to lord Jagannath and Balabhadra of Srimandira. The said rakhis are being made at the house of Patara Bisoyi servitor Jagannath Patra.

The making of the rakhis started on the last no-moon day for which Srimandira administration has provided thread of Basunga pata and other materials. Red, blue, violet and yellow threads are softened and the rakhis are prepared.

Four rakhis are being prepared for the two lords. Similarly, a garland is prepared using 54 gua, called guaramala. This garland is prepared using four colours — Yellow and red coloured guaramala for Lord Jagannath and blue and violet for Lord Balabhadra.  Birth day of Lord Balabhadra will be celebrated on the Rakhi Purnima day.

On the forenoon of Gamhapurnima, the Patara servitors will visit Srimandira along with the rakhis and guaramalas after getting a call from the temple. On that day, after Bhoga Mandapa rituals, mailam ritual will be held in the tinibada. The Pushpalaka servitor will offer the patarakhis and guaramalas to the lords.

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