‘Hera Panchami’ ritual associated with Ratha Jatra is being observed today

Shree Jagannatha Temple, Puri:

‘Hera Panchami’ ritual associated with Ratha Jatra is being observed today on the fifth day after the arrival of deities at ‘Gundicha Ghara’.

On the night of ‘Hera Panchami’, servitors carry the idol of Goddess Lakshmi from ‘Badadeula’ to ‘Gundicha Ghara’ in a palanquin.

As Shree Jagannatha does not accompany, Goddess Lakshmi feels let down and on Her notional instruction, one of Her sebayatas breaks a small portion of Nandighosha Ratha notionally damaging it and also as symbolic expression of Her anger; which is known as the ‘Ratha Bhanga niti’.

After the completion of these rituals, the Goddess is carried back to the ‘Badadeula’.

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