balabhadra daru

June 14, 2015

  • The Daitapati Nijog and Shree Jagannath Temple Administration has decided to distribute mahaprasad to over 2 lakh pilgrims in Puri on June 27 as part of the last rites of the deities.
  • The ‘Brahma Parivartan’ from the old deities to the new idols will take place in the intervening night of June 15 and June 16 (Sankranti Day).
  • The old idols of the Lords will be buried inside the “Koeli Baikuntha” within the temple premises on the night of same June 15.
  • On the 10th day of the burial following Hindu rituals, the servitors will tonsure their heads.
  • On the 13th day June 27 the rituals will end and the Daitapati Nijog of the temple will invite people for a customary feast.
  • The feast will be arranged on the Grand Road.
  • For the purpose, six lines of devotees will be formed within barricades along the Grand Road and the Mahaprasad would be distributed among them.
  • Donors can deposit any amount in favour of Administrator, Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri, in account number 491711730 of Indian Bank (IFSC code IDIB000P057).

June 02, 2015 – Snana Yatra Update

  • Daitapati servitors performed the Mangalarpana of the Lords at the Ratna Simhasan inside the sanctum sanctorum at 5 AM.
  • The servitors later took the deities on dhadi pahandi to the Snana Mandap. The pahandi was completed at 9.30 AM.
  • As per tradition, the members of Suna Gosain family collected water in 108 pitchers from the Suna Kua (well) near Maa Shitala inside the Uttara Dwara (north gate) of the temple a day before the Snana Yatra. The pitchers were later taken to Ghenanla Ghara where the water would be added with chua, chandan and karpura.
  • Apart from 108 pitchers, four additional pitchers would be used for the bath of the darus at the Koili Baikuntha.
  • Later, the pitchers were brought to the Snana Mandap where the Daitapati servitors bathed Lord Jagannath with 35 pitchers, Lord Balabhadra with 33 pitchers, Devi Subhadra with 22 pitchers and Lord Sudarshan with 18 pitchers.
  • Apart from 108 pitchers, four additional pitchers were used for the bath of the darus at the Koili Baikuntha.
  • The sahana mela darshan scheduled is 6 PM to 9.30 PM.

May 14, 2015

  • Sagadi carrying Lord Jagannath ‘daru’ to roll today
  • The ‘daru’ (holy wood) of Lord Jagannath, which was scheduled to leave for Puri on Wednesday, will now start its journey today evening as ‘chaupata’ (shaping) of the logs could not be completed.

May 09, 2015

  • Mahayajna for Jagannath ‘daru’ started on Friday
  • After ‘Purna Ahuti’, Daru Chhedana (felling of the tree) will be done today.
  • The cart carrying daru of Goddess Subhadra will reach Puri in 2-3 days and it will be taken to Koili Baikuntha

May 05, 2015

  • Daru of Lord Balabhadra reaches Koili Baikuntha in Puri
  • Maa Subhadra’s Maha Daru will leave Adhangagada for Puri on Wednesday afternoon via Cuttack–Paradeep road.
  • The Chaupata works of devi Subhadra’s Maha Daru will be completed on Wednesday, the construction of Sagadi completed on Tuesday, few religious rituals also completed on Tuesday afternoon. After completion of chaupata works the daru would be loaded on the sagadi after conducting a secrete Puja.

May 04, 2015

  • Maa Subhadra Daru Chaupata process begins
  • The Sagadi construction would be completed at the end of Tuesday and the Daru Sagadi of Maa Subhadra will leave for Puri by 6 May.

May 02, 2015

  • Daru chedan for the new idol of Goddess Subhadra today after Maha Yajna at Adhanga, Jagatsinghpur
  • Today’s program at Adhanga include Surya puja, Maha yajna, Sri Nrusingha mantra path, purnahuti followed by maa subhadra daru cutting
  • Daru gruhas construction completed for the four maha Darua at Koili Baikuntha in Puri Temple. Ankuraopan mandap, Nurshian mandap, Karma kutira, Yjana Mandap, Snana mandap, Adhibasa mandap and Sambhar mandap construction also completed.
  • Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingh Deb on Sunday urged people to plant neem saplings and create Shree Jagannath Batikas on their own capacity.

May 01, 2015

  • Maa Subhadra’s daru mahayagna begins from today morning.
  • The Bhoomisodhan, Ankuraropan ritual and Maa subhadra devi mahadaru snan with 108 pots of water completed.
  • The Yajana will continue till Saturday. During the yajana day Daitapatis will chant Patal Nrusingha Mantra while Brahaman’s will conduct 700 Ahuti’s in the Yajana.
  • Lord Balabhadra’s mahadaru resumed its journey towards Puri after a night rest at Raghunathpur.
  • The ‘Daru’, which crossed Cuttack City by midnight, is expected to pass through outer Bhubaneswar on Friday.
  • The cart will take the new Bhubaneswar-Puri highway to reach Pipili.
  • Work on the idols will start on June 5 at Koili Baikuntha garden inside the Jagannath Temple.
  • On the midnight of June 15, the new idols will be taken to the sanctum sanctorum, where a ‘secret ritual’ for transformation of soul (Ghata Paribartan) from the old to the new bodies will be performed.

April 28, 2015

  • Lord Balabhadra’s Daru will be taken to Puri on 27th in the evening and go through Paradip-Cuttack State Highway and cover Sarala road, Raghunathpur, Kandarpur, Cuttack, Bhubaneswer and Puri
  • The Chaupata works for Lord Balbhadra’s daru completed. New sagadi (cart) will carry Sri Balbhadra mahaprabhu’s mahadaru wood to puri lord Jagannath temple.
  • The Banajaga Yatra team members will reach Adhanga on April 29, a day after the Sagadi carrying Mahadaru for Lord Balabhadra’s idol leaves from Kanakpur to Puri.
  • Rituals like ‘Ankuraropan’ and ‘Daru Sodhan’ at the tree selected for Devi Subhadra’s idol will be performed on April 30, which will be followed by Mahayajna.

April 23, 2015

  • A holy Neem tree at Adhang village under Biridi block and another at Kharipadia village under Raghunathpur block had been selected for carving the idols of Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath for the ongoing Nabakalebara. The official announcement by the SJTA is expected on Friday.
  • The Daru of Lord Sudarshan is expected to reach the Shree Madir on April 24.
  • Yajana preliminary works were started at Lord Balabhadra’s Daru near Sarala Temple at Kanakpur.
  • Ankuraropan and Daru sodhan performed today evening.
  • Lord Balabhadra’s Daru Yajana to begin on Thursday early morning.
  • On the Friday evening Yajana Purana ahuti would be conducted after that the daru would be cut.

April 22, 2015

  • Lord Sudarshan Mahaprabhu’s Daru started its journey towards Koili Baikuntha in Shree Mandir, Puri.
  • The team escorting Lord Sudarshan’s Daru will take the old Jagannath Sadak route through Balakati, Uttara, Pipili and Puri in a 2-3 day journey.
  • One group of daitapatis will return to Puri with Sudarshan and the other group will move to the site of Lord Baladev’s tree and reach Maa Sarala temple in Kanakpur today.
  • Construction of Sabarapalli and Yajna Mandap to perform rituals for felling of Daru for Lord Balabhadra have been completed.
  • A 14-member team of Daitapatis carrying ‘ajnamala’ reached Sarala temple in bullock carts to perform the rituals.
  • The ‘Ankuraropan’ ritual will be performed on April 22. Next, the mahayagna will start after the Surya puja on April 23. The daru will be felled on April 24.

April 18, 2015

  • Daru chhedan of Lord Sudarsan completed yesterday.
  • Thousands of devotees witnessed the Yagna and cutting of the holy tree at Gadakantunia village.
  • Lord Sudarshan’s maha daru is likely to be transported to Puri by Sunday.
  • The logs would be taken to Koili Baikuntha in Puri for carving out of the Sudarshan idol.

April 17, 2015

  • The Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has formally announced the location of Daru (neem tree) of Lord Balabhadra identified near Goddess Sarala temple at Jhankada in Jagatsinghpur district.
  • Locatiom: Kanakpur in Tirtol block of Jagatsinghpur district, near the Jhankad Sarala Peetha.
  • Leader of Banajaga Yatra team, informed about the Daru to Suresh Mohapatra, Chief Administrator of Puri Temple through a written letter.
  • Lord Balabhadra’s maha daru identified near Goddess Sarala shrine in Jagatsinghpur. SJTA Chief Suresh Mohapatra has confirmed the news.
  • The Daitapati is already on the site, while Banajaga Yatra members will reach the spot by Sunday.
  • The Banajaga Yatra team will reach the spot on April 19 and rituals such as Ankuraropana and a 3 day long Yagyan that will be performed under the tree before cutting it down for Daru Bramha.
  • The neem tree bears all holy symbols and criteria like sign of a plough and pestle, seven branches, white colour bark of the tree and bel tree nearby.
  • The district administration has started barricading the Daru and adequate security arrangement has been put in place to safeguard the tree.

April 16, 2015

  • The bhoomisodhan (ritual for purification of the ground) ritual, was completed at Lord Sudarshan’s daru site.
  • The daru was given a mahasnana (grand bath) and ankuraropan (planting of seedling) ritual completed.
  • The havan at the yagna mandap will start today morning.
  • The ‘Daru’ will then be draped in a cloth and the ‘ajnamala’ obtained from Lord Sudarshan in Puri temple will be offered to the tree.
  • Purnahuti of the yagyan is scheduled for April 18 when the neem tree would be felled.
  • After the daru is cut into pieces, the Banajaga Yatra team will move in the ‘sagadi’ (bullock cart) with the daru to Puri on April 20.

April 15, 2015

  • The Banajaga Yatra team arrived at Gadakantunia village, the site of the ‘daru’ identified for the making of Lord Sudarshan’s idol on Tuesday evening. The Banajaga Yatra team would now stay at the ‘Sabarpalli’ near the spot.
  • The Daitapatis of the team will perform the ‘ankuraropan’ ritual to purify the ‘daru’ with 108 pots of holy water.
  • A 3 day long Yagyan that will be performed under the tree before cutting it down for Daru Bramha. Purnahuti of the yagyan is scheduled for April 18 when the neem tree would be felled.
  • After the daru is cut into pieces, the Banajaga Yatra team will move in the ‘sagadi’ (bullock cart) with the daru to Puri on April 20.

April 12, 2015

  • Nabakalebar daru for Lord Sudarshan idol identified at Gada Khuntunia village under Balakati block of Khurda district.
  • SJTA chief administrator Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, who made official announcement around midnight, arrived at the village this morning with senior officials.

April 11, 2015

  • The Banjaga Yatra team, has short listed eight trees with all the requisite attributes for #Nabakalebara. Selection of final four today.
  • SJTA will make a public announcement on the location of the tree to be used carving of Lord Sudarshan’s idol first on Monday or Tuesday and follow it up with the announcement about the other darus.

April 10, 2015

  • The journey to search daru (neem wood) for Nabakalebar of the Trinity ended today with the shortlisting of neem tress by the daitapatis.
  • The Banajaga team is scheduled to meet tonight at Deuli mutt in Kakatpur following which the leader of the team will inform Sri Jagannath Temple Administration about finalisation of darus.

April 08, 2015

  • By April 13, the neem trees for idols of deities of Jagannath Temple would be finalized.
  • Temple administration will announce the location of the tree for Sudarshan on April 14.
  • The location of the daru for making of the idol of Lord Sudarshan would be announced first, to be followed by the announcement regarding the location of the second daru after a gap of seven days.

April 07, 2015

  • Banajaga Yatra team members visited Kakatpur, Nimapara, Niali, Astaranga, Banamalipur, Balianta, Khordha, Chandaka, Daruthenga, Barang and some areas of Nayagarh and Khordha districts apart from these places to search and examine neem trees on Monday and have examined 26 trees for the auspicious signs on them.
  • The Banajaga Yatris on Monday located two probable neem trees, on the outskirts of the city, for the idol of Jagannath. These are at Chandaka and Jhinti near Balakati. Villagers have formed groups to protect the trees.

April 03, 2015

  • Banajaga Yatri team resumes journey from Kakatpur towards Deuli mutt after receiving ‘Agyan Mala’ from goddess Mangala
  • Today Daitapatis will worship Mangala and invoke her blessings. After Majana ritual Banajaga team will return to the Deuli Mutt and perform “Yajna” besides chanting the Swapneswar Mantra to receive the order from the Goddess about the location of Daru.
  • The search for the holy tree was postponed to Sunday in view of lunar eclipse on Saturday.
  • From April 5th, daitapatis will visit different villages in search of the neem tree.
  • Once a Daru is located, the Pati Mahapatra first touches it with a golden axe followed by the Daitapati who touches it with a silver axe. Lastly, the head wood carver of the Maharana family would touch it with an iron axe.
  • During the tree cutting, 108 names of Lord Jagannath will be chanted and after it is felled, the trunks covered with silk clothes would be placed in carts to be pulled by the Daitapatis and others to the Jagannath temple in Puri.

April 01, 2015

  • On the 4th day of Banajaga Yatra, team resumes journey from Konark Open Theatre towards Sankareswar Temple

March 29, 2015

The long process of Nabakalebara of Lord Jagannath got underway at the Sri Nahar (King’s Palace) in Odisha’s holy town of Puri with the completion of the gua teka ritual this morning.

According to sources in the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), the agyanmala bije ritual will take place at 3.30 pm, followed by shaddhibandha of the Daitapatis at 5 pm and the start of Banajaga Yatra, the first act in the elaborate process called Nabakalebara, at 5.10 pm.

March 18, 2015

The Puri Shree Jagannath Temple administration approved an annual budget of Rs 239 crore for 2015-16. Of this, Rs 21 crore would be spent exclusively for the Nabakalebar festival, the process for which would begin on March 29.

The temple management committee meeting, which was held under the chairmanship of Puri King Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb, decided that it would spend around Rs 11.84 crore for the servitors’ welfare and Rs 25.25 crore towards establishment expenses, including salaries of its employees. It would spend Rs 63.45 crore for taking up various infrastructure development works, including the development of roads around the temple.

March 17, 2015

Odisha State Dept of Culture has proposed to bring out a commemorative stamp/Spl cover on Nabakalebara by India Posts.

Feb 17, 2015

Odisha government announces 40 lakh for free transport of Nabakalebara pilgrims

Feb 15, 2015

The Odisha government is working on a robust disaster management plan to deal with possible problems during Nabakalebara festival in Puri in July.

Feb 12, 2015

The state government today announced the dates of the different processes involved with the Nabakalebara Yatra. While the Banajaga Yatra will start on March 29, Akshya Trutiya and Chandan Yatra will be held on April 21, Debasnana Purnima and the snana vidhi of the new darus will be held on June 2, on June 15 the brahma of the old idols will be transferred to the newly carved idols, netrautsav of the Lords and nabajoubana darshana will be held on July 17 onJuly 18 will be held the Gundicha Yatra. Similarly, the Bahuda Yatra (or return car festival) will be held on July 26 and sunabesha on July 27 and on Niladribijay will be held on July 30.

Feb 11, 2015

A temporary shed is constructed almost in the middle of Koili Baikuntha inside the temple premises near the burial ground /Samadhi pitha of the Lords. All arrangements will be made for the purpose accordingly by the temple administration.

Feb 2, 2015

To ensure uninterrupted power supply in Puri during July Nabakalebara, the energy department has chalked out a comprehensive plan, entailing Rs 300 crore.

Feb 03, 2015

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has put four senior officials in charge to supervise the work and ensure completion in time.

While Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati has been kept in charge of infrastructure projects including railway lines, roads and bridges, Additional Chief Secretary in Chief Minister’s office AP Padhi will look after security, temple affairs and traffic.

Development Commissioner UN Behera will be in charge of health, sanitation and drainage while Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) R Balakrishnan will monitor tourist amenities, brand promotion and documentation.

Feb 05, 2015

Meanwhile, preparations are in full swing for construction of mandaps/cottages for undertaking several secret rituals associated with Nabakalebar Yatra. These cottages will be named accordingly like yagna mandap, pratistha mandap, nyasa mandap, yagnashala, daru ghara, daru nirman kutir etc.

Jan 30, 2015

The chief secretary Gokul Chandra Pati on Thursday reviewed the progress of Nabakalebara infrastructure development, including the railway projects in Puri. Pati expressed displeasure over the tardy pace of work in the expansion of Puri station and doubling of tracks. He said the railway authorities promised him to expedite the work and complete the projects much before the July Nabakalebara.

Jan 26, 2015

Legal hurdles have delayed procurement of two essential ingredients, sandalwood and musk used while replacing images of the deities of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra with new

ones during the Nabakalebara festival to be held this year at the Shree Jagannath temple in Odisha’s pilgrim town Puri.

Jan 14, 2015

The Odisha government unveiled a new logo for the Nabakalebara festival scheduled in June this year in Puri.

Jan 5, 2015

Odisha govt stresses sanitation in Puri ahead of Nabakalebara. The officials have been asked to expedite road connectivity projects within the stipulated time: Mangalaghat bypass by March, Sterling bypass by May, widening of Atharnala road by April, Malatipatapur-Balukhanda road and Pipili-Konark road by April, and Puri-Satapada road by March and completion of parking slots by April.

December 27, 2014

The State Government on Friday demanded financial assistance of `740 crore from the Centre for Nabakalebara in July, 2015.

December 20, 2014

The State Government has decided to create temporary accommodation for one lakh pilgrims at Puri during the Nabakalebara celebration in July, 2015.

The temporary accommodation will be of two categories. One will be provided free of cost to the pilgrims. The second type will be available at a cheaper cost than the prevailing market rate.

The accommodations will be set up in vacant places of hotels and lodgings.

Repair work of Jagannath temple and other temples inside its premises has reached the final stage. Repair work of Jagamohan will be completed by March, 2015. It was decided that old and unsafe buildings around the main temple will be identified and demolished.

Official sources said 17 parking places will be set up at different places in the town for the occasion.

Decemeber 07, 2015

Nabakalebara Panel Reviews Infra Works. Officials informed that double tracking of the 18-km railway track between Sakhigopal and Puri has been put on fast track and is expected to be completed by May next year.

This apart, ongoing work on erection of the railway over-bridge at Samjajapur near Chandanpur along the Puri-Bhubaneswar National Highway would be completed by March, railway officials informed the committee. Similarly, four-laning of Puri-Bhubaneswar highway by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) would be completed before March.

November 21, 2014

Odisha HC issues notice to govt over delay in completion of Bhubaneswar-Puri National Highway

July 27, 2014

Odisha Govt formed committee for Nabakalebar: Odisha Government formed committee for Nabakalebar. Puri MLA Maheswar Mohanty to head the panel. RDC will be vice-chairman, Puri collector member secretary of Nabakalebar supervising committee.