Sudarsan Pattnaik’s sand art on ‪#‎Jagannath‬ ‪#‎Nabakalebara‬ #puri beach #Odisha

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Sudarsan Pattnaik’s sand art on ‪#‎Jagannath‬ ‪#‎Nabakalebara‬ #puri beach #Odisha

‘Nabakalebara Bidhanm’ God himself has told – ‘even though I am Purnabrahma, free from birth and re-birth, I am your God, I am not separate from you, it is a fact, as if a Jiva worn-out his body and enters into another body afresh, I also exactly follow the same procedure, because I am not separate from the Jiva’.

Sudarsan Pattnaik's  sand art on ‪#‎Jagannath‬ ‪#‎Nabakalebara‬ #puri beach #Odisha

Nabakalebara is an occasional festival observed in the Shri Jagannath Temple at Puri. Naba means new and Kalebara is body. Lord Shri Jagannath adornes a new body during Nabakalebara. It is the re-embodiment of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Sudarshan when they relinquish their old bodies and assume a new one. However, the Brahmapadartha (soul-substance) remains the same. The soul or the Brahma is transferred from the old idols to their new bodies in a highly technical and conspicious manner, prescribed and inherited from generations by the Daitas and the Rakshaks. They are the up-keepers of the Shriangas or the bodies of the trinity of the Grand Temple.

“The Nabakalebara niti is observed in a gap of 12 to 19 years. Most of the Nabakalebars are performed after a gap of almost 19 years as in 1912, 1931, 1950, 1969, 1977 and 1996. This year in 2015, we are witnessing yet another sacred occassion of the Nabakalebara Niti”

Understanding the timing of the Nabakalebara Niti is an intricate process. As per the Hindu lunar calendar when there are two Ashadh in a year called as Purusottam month, Nabakalebara niti is performed. Every five years there is an extra month making the year of thirteen months. The extra month can be any month. However, the astrologers of the Shri Mandir announce the extra Ashadh after astrological calculations. Usually, just before Rathyatra every year, the Trinity of the temple, go on an Anasara period for 15 days. This is the period when the Gods fall sick and cannot give their Darshan to the devotees. During the extra Ashadh, this period extends to upto 45 days and is known as Maha Anasara. Out of this one and a half month of three Pakshas or fortnight periods, first fifteen days or the Krushna Paksha is dedicated in carving the idols from the Neem wood and transferring theBrahma from the old idols to the new. The second fortnight is dedicated to the Patali or the burial of the old idols in the Koili Baikunthaand observation of the Asaucha Bidhi by the Daitas. The third fortnight is dedicated to the normal Anasara of the new idols when they are given the final touch to their form and painting.


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