Jagannath Temple celebrates ''Deba Depabali'' for three days
Puri | Tuesday, Nov 17 2009 IST
Lakhs of devotees thronged this holy city to witness lifting of ''Mahadip'' to the temple top and lighting of diyas atop the temple ''Amolaka'' as the three-day long festival in the Sri Jagannath temple, popularly known as ''Deba dipabali'' concluded yesterday.
On this occasion Lord Jagannath offered ''Pinda'' to his parents.
On the first day he offered Pinda (obsequies) to the mythological king Indradyumna who established the lords in this temple and asked for a boon to end his dynasty so that none of his successive family members could claim the ownership of the temple. The boon was granted by the Lord Jagannath who volunteered to offer ''Pinda'' to his ardent devotee Indradyumna. Besides Lord Jagannath, as incarnation of Sri Ram, also offered ''pinda'' to his father King Dasarath.
On the second day as Krishna he offered'' Pinda'' to his original parents Basudev and Devaki and on the third day to his foster parents Nanda and Jashoda.
During these three days a set of complex rituals was observed and the temple was illuminated by a large number of ''Diyas''. The servitors climbed to the top of the temple and lighted diyas. The elaborate display of fire crackers from the temple top illuminating the sky was enjoyed by the devotees.
The temple administration had taken special measures for completion of all the nitees and rituals of the lords in time. Lakhs of devotees feasted mahaprasad during these three days.
On Monday, the last day of the festival, a large number of devotees had flocked into this city. A number of institutions staged bhajan recital programmes for the devotees in front of the temple main gate known known as Lions gate.
Many noted singers and musicians dedicated their new compositions to the lords on this auspicious occasion and entertained the devotees.
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