Niladri Bije – Lord Jagannath’s return journey to Shree Mandir


The ritual is part of niladri bije, which marks the end of rath yatra. The symbolic ritual of Goddess Lakshmi’s refusal to open the doors of the 12th century temple here to let in Lord Jagannath, Her husband, is performed.

The goddess has been upset over the Lord’s leaving for the abode of His aunt, Sri Gundicha, on the rath yatra day for a nine-day sojourn without her.

It is great to see how at midnight Lord Jagannath tries to mollify His wife by offering her rasagollas, so that she lets Him enter the temple with His siblings.

The holy trinity Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra — are set to return to the Jagannath temple here after completing the sojourn.

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