Puri, July 25
The Trinity—Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath- today returned to the sanctum sanctorum of the Shree Mandir ending their 12 days sojourn to their birth place-Gundicha Mandir.
The Lords returned to the Temple sanctum sanctorum at the conclusion of the ‘Niladri Bije’ rituals witnessed by nearly one lakh devotees. The Daitapati servitors had performed the Adhara Pana and Garuda Sayana rituals of the Lords late on Tuesday.
The Niladri Bije of the Lords began after the traditional offering of Rasagolla by Lord Jagannath to Goddess Laxmi to pacify her.
The servitors in the early hours of Wednesday had performed the Mangala Alati, Mailam Lagi, Tadala Lagi, Abakasha, Gopala Ballava, Sakala Dhupa and Jatrangi Mahasnana rituals.
The Sandhya Alati ritual began at 1.30 pm after the Besha Sesha, Madhyanna Dhupa and Mailam Lagi rituals while the Sandhya Dhupa rituals were performed between 2 pm and 3 pm.
The fixing of the Charamala (ladder made of palm wood) to the chariots would be done between 3 pm and 5 pm after the which the servitors performed the Simhasan Majana rituals.
The Pahandi (procession) of the Lords began at around 6 pm after the Pushpanjali. It was completed late in the night.
The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the rituals.