Nabakalebar 2015– Discover The Hidden Story Of A Great Festival Of #Jagannath Episode 6– #Nabakalebar #Odisha

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Nabakalebar 2015– Discover The Hidden Story Of A Great Festival Of #Jagannath Episode 6– #Nabakalebar #Odisha Watch Now on #FocusOdisha

The term Nabakalebara (Oriya: ନବ କଳେବର, Sanskrit: नवकलेवर) is an ancient ritual associated with most of the Jagannath Temples when the Idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshan are replaced by a new set of Idols.

Banajaga  Jatra Nabakalebara 2015

Program schedule of Nabakalebara 2015 :-

Here is the program Schedule of Nabakalebara 2015 :

  • 29 March 2015, Sunday : Banajaga Jatra.
  • 30 March 2015, Monday : Daitapati’s will leave Jagannath Ballava Ashram and will stay at Nua river Bank Ashram.
  • 31 March 2015, Tuesday : Daitapati’s will leave that Ashram and walking from Konark and Ramchandi will stay at headed Deumali Matha at Kakatpur.
  • 1 June 2015, Tuesday : Debasnana Purniama , Day for starting the creation of new idols.
  • 15 June 2015, Monday : Transformation of Brahma, Patali Lila
  • 25 June 2015, :Thursday Daitapati’s will give sradha at Markanda pond, Lakh people will served Mahaprasad.
  • 16 July, Thursday: Netroutsav
  • 17 July 2015, Friday: Navajoubana besha
  • 18 July 2015, Saturday: Gundicha Yatra / Ratha Jatra
  • 26 July 2015, Sunday : Niladribije
  • 27 July, Monday: Sunabesa

Banajaga Jatra:- 

The bodies of the Deities are made of Neem (Margo) wood. The first step taken in this connection is the search of sacred Daru (wood logs) to create the new Deities. This is known as Banajaga Jatra of the Navakalevara ceremony. The procedure relating to searching of Darus begins from Chaitra Sukla Dasami i.e the 10th day of the bright fortnight of the month of Chaitra, so this ritual starts 65 days before the Snana Purnima festival (bathing festival) of the deities. Nobody knows from where to find the sacred wood to create the new idols, so as per the tradition a group formed to search the sacred wood.

The search team consists of

  • 1 member of the Pati Mahapatra family
  • 1 Lenka
  • 9 Maharanas
  • 20 Dayitapatis
  • 3 Deulakaranas
  • 16 Brahmanas
  • 30 Police officers
  • 2 Inspectors of Police

Navakalebara – The Miracles of Lord Jagannath Episode 6

Nabakalebar, the periodical renewal of the wooden images of Lord, Jagannath, Bhalabhadara, Subhadra and Sudarshan. After the year 1996, next Nabakalebar festival is going to happen in 2015. The Puri Rath Yatra will be named as Nabakalebar Rath Yatra in 18th July 2015 is going to be special for everyone throughout the world. So don’t miss this chance to see Lords with their new avatars. Book your rooms in advance at Toshali Sands to visit the special Rath Yatra, which comes in every 12 or 19 years. Here are the brief description about the procedure of Nabakalebar festival, which is going to happen next year.

The deities are going to change their bodies during leap month. So one lunar month of the Asadha is followed by another lunar month of Ashadha. The Margo trees are selected every time for making deities. Any ordinary tree with extraordinary features can only become the body of the deity or Daru Bramha. The Darus should be different for each deity. Such as :

Lord Jaganath Daru features

  • The holy tree should have 4 main branches.
  • The bark of the Margo tree must dark in color.
  • There should be the sign of Sankha and Chakra.
  • There should be a cremation ground near the tree.
  • There should be an out hill near the tree and a snake hole at the roots of the tree.
  • Any birds’ nest should not be there on trees.
  • The tree should be near the river or a pond or a crossing of the three ways or else to be surrounded by 3 mountains.
  • The tree should not stand alone but be surrounded preferably with the trees of Varuna, Sahada, and Belva.
  • There should be a temple dedicated to Shiva in the neighborhood.
  • There should be some heritage nearby.
  • The holy tree should be free from Parasite plants and Creepers

Lord Balabhadara Daru Features

  • The holy tree should have Seven Branches.
  • The skin of the tree must be light brown or white color.
  • It should have a sign of plough and pestle etc.
  • Nearby tree there should be a heritage and also a graveyard.

Goddess Subhadra Daru Features

  • Seven Branches should be present on the holy tree.
  • The skin of the tree should be light brown or white color.
  • It should have a sign of plough and pestle etc.
  • Nearby tree there should be a heritage and a graveyard.

Daru of Lord Sudarshan

  • The holy Margo tree should have three branches.
  • The bark of the tree should be barkish.
  • The tree should have a sign of Chakra with a small depression in the middle. (src Toshali)


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