Bahuda Yatra at Shrivanikshetra of KISS
The Bahuda Yatra, the return journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra, concluded peacefully at Shrivanikhetra on 26th July, 2015. Rituals associated with this auspicious occasion like Mangala Arati, Mailama, Tadapalagi, RoshaHoma, Abakasha, Surya Pooja, Dwarapala Pooja, etc commenced early morning as per the ethics and rituals of Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannath Temple of Shrikshetra, Puri.
Pahandi Bije of the three deities was performed in the afternoon, after the observance of holy ritual of Cherapahanra by Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS. Pulling of the three chariots from the ‘Shri Gundicha Temple’ to Shrivanikshetra of KISS started at 4 p.m.
Thousands of local devotees, staffs and students of KISS and KIIT gathered to observe the Bahuda Yatra at KISS. Several other programmes like Bhajana Samaroh by different musical groups from Odisha and outside, Prabachana and other cultural programmes were organised between the Ratha Yatra and Bahuda Yatra here.
‘RATHAYATRA’ celebrated at Shrivani Khetra
The world famous auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra was celebrated at Shrivani khetra of KISS on 18th July 2015 amid religious fervor and gaiety. More than 20 thousand devotees participated in pulling the three decorated chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra being carried on three colourful wooden chariots, festooned with flowers, appliqué and mural paintings.
The Pahandi and other rituals like Mangala Arati, Mailama,Tadapalagi, Rosha Homa, Abakasha, Surya Puja, Chariots inauguration etc followed by procession of deities from temple sanctum to the chariots began in the morning as per the ethics and rituals of Mahaprabhu Shri Jagganath Temple of Shri Khetra, Puri. Thousands of devotees gathered to pull the three chariots in the afternoon after Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS performed the holy ritual of Cherapahanra, the ceremonial sweeping of the Chariots. The special feature of Ghosayatra here is that, Devadalan, the chariot of Goddess Subhadra was pulled by only females.
In this Nabakalebar year, only the three chariots were newly made, as per the as per the ethics and rituals of Nandhighosh, Taladhwaja and Debadalan.