Three Deities at Puri Cured, Gajapati Intimated

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Puri(Samaya Bureau): After over a week long herbal treatment and performance of secret rituals at Anasara Ghara by the dedicated daitapatis ( a special class of servitors) of Jagannath temple in the three deities have recovered from fever and illness.

The temperature of the deities, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra  receded after the servitors offered Dasamula, prepared from different medicinal plants by the Raja Baidya (Royal Physician) on Tuesday. The deities were offered holy basil leaves and sandalwood paste was applied on their entire body. The paste would remain on their bodies for one year.

Soon after the deities recovered from illness, the message was sent to King Gajapati Dibya Singh Deb, the first servitor of Lord Jagannath. The servitors went to King’s palace in a grand procession carrying dried sandalwood flakes from Lord Jagannath’s body, his patta clothes as token of blessings to inform Gajapati yesterday. Over 50 servitors had participated in the ceremony.

The king conducted ‘sareebandha’ rituals (rituals in which the pieces of clothes are tied around the heads of servitors) to show respect to the servitors for their dedication and services rendered to the deities during 14-day long Anasara(hiberanation) period.

With two more days to go, the pilgrim town Puri is gearing up for the world famous   Rath Yatra (Car Festival) scheduledto take place on June 25. The deities are getting ready for 9-day trip to their birth place Gundicha Temple or Mausi Maa mandir. .