Anala Nabami – Radha Pada Darshana at Sakhi Gopinath – Sakhi Gopal , #Puri
Anala Nabami – Today on the occasion of Anla Nabami housands of devotees assembled at the Sakhi Gopinath temple at Sakhigopal near puri. Today it was the rare occasion of getting a chance to view Goddess Radha’s feet that pulled the crowd. Anla Nabami is observed on the ninth day of the waxing phase of moon in the Kartik month. It is believed that viewing Radha’s feet and worshipping the amla tree on this day brings great fortune to devotees. This is the only day in the year when the feet of the goddess can be viewed.
Anala Nabami festival also known as ‘Radha Pada Darshana‘ is celebrated in Odia Magha month. ‘Anala Navami’ is specially observed in the temple of ‘Sakhi Gopinatha’ at Sakhigopal, where large gathering is made to offer darshana to the ‘Skin Foot’ of Radha. Throughout the year her foot is covered with her dress, only on this day devotees are allowed to see her foot. On this day Goddess Jagadhatri (Maha Saraswati Sakti) is worshipped.
Goddess Radha is decorated with saris and embellishments throughout the year. So her feet are always kept covered. Only on the auspicious day of Anla Nabami, devotees get a chance to view the feet and hence the ritual is known as Radha pada darshan. The goddess is decorated in traditional Oriya costume on this occasion. src Nirmalya wave