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Odisha History ;Gaja Uddharana Besha of Lord Jagannath – History Behind Besha of Lord #Jagannath #Odisha #Puri

Gaja Udharana Besha Of Lord Jagannath –

Gaja Udharana Besha,Odisha History ;Gaja Uddharana Besha of Lord Jagannath - History Behind Besha of Lord #Jagannath #Odisha #Puri

Gaja Udharana Besha is done on the full moon day of Magha. Gaja Udharana Besha depicts a story in the puranas as to how Lord Vishnu saved an elephant from the attack of an Alligator.

Gaja Udharana Besha As per tradition, the Deities adorned with Gaja Udharana Besha on full moon day of magha ( January – February ).

History Behind the Gaja Udharana Besha

In accordance with Research fellow Padmasri Sadasiva Rath Sharma, this Besha was introduced by Smt. Bakula Mahadevi, queen of Bhomya dynasty . After that this Besha was discontinued for some years. During 1575, the king Ramachandra Deva re-introduced this Besha. (src :- puriwave)
When we ll celebrate Gaja Udharana Besha :-

Gaja Udharana Besha is observed on full moon day of  Magha after completion of dinner and mailam * .

What we do use in Gaja Udharana Besha :-     

                Gaja Udharana Besha is observed with the help of Bhitarachhu, Talichhu, Puspalaka, Nijogi Khuntia and Mekaap. The deities bejeweled with Crown, earning, Surya Chandra, Waist Belt, hand, Bangle, Bracelet of Conch, Chakra, Gada, Padma, Hala and Musala .

It is believed that all auspicious things obtained on seeing this Besha with sacred heart.

Story Behind Gaja Udharana Besha:

The famous Gaja Uddharana Besha is  done on Magha Purnima tithi (the fullmoon day  of Magha). This Besha depicts an epic story as  to how Lord Bishnu saved a helpless elephant  from the clutches of a crocodile. In the time of  yore an elephant was attacked by a ferocious crocodile. Finding no other way to save his life,  this animal implored the mercy of Bishnu. Its  sincere prayers immediately moved Bishnu to  compassion and He hurled His disc to cut the  attacking alligator into pieces.

Shree Jagannatha, who is identified with  Bishnu, wears this Besha to inspire a sense of   devotion to the grace of God.

The total expenditure in connection with  preparation of this Besha was being given by late  Ila Panda, a renowned Industrialist of Odisha for  the last 28 years. In this Besha, the fooding is  offered to the deities and distributed to the Sevaks of the temple and donor concerned.

Ehi Sundara Besha Darshana maatrake, Gadgada Chitta Gaaiuthe..

Ahe nila shaila prabala matta barana
mo arata nalini banaku kara dalana ||
Gajaraja chinta kala thai ghora jalena
chakrapeshi nakra nashi udharila apana ||

ghorabane mruguniku padithila kashana
ketebada bipatiru kariachha tarana ||
kurusabha tale suni doupadira janana
koti bastra dei hele lajya kala barana ||
rabana ra bhai bibhishana gala sharana
sharaba shambhali tanku lanke kala rajana ||
prahallada pita seje bada dusta daruna
stambharu bahari taku bidarila takshana ||
kahe salabega hina jatire mun jabana
shriranga charana tale karuachhi janana ||

Meaning of Mailam in jagannath temple :-

  • “Mailam” at 6 a.m.

“Mailam” is a word used in Sri Jagannath Temple, which means change or removal of dresses and flowers etc. At this time some specific sevaks change the clothes, flowers, Tulasi leaves of the deities worn on the previous night. After removal of clothes, the clothes known as “Tadap” and “Uttariya” are worn by the deities.

  • Mailam” 6.45 a.m.

At this time deities change their clothes (Tadap and Uttariya) and wear another set of clothes. A sevak known as “Akhanda Mekap” keeps in the sanctum Akhanda Baitha i.e. one lamp which burns till “Pahuda” or the time of the retirement of the deities to bed.

More About Video Jagannath Janan :- 

Ahe Nila Saila is an invocation to Lord Jagannatha of Puri, choreographed by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Directed by Guru Bichitranandan Swain and performed solo by Ms. Krishanveni Putrevu. video SRC  OdissiKalamandir

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