Kartik rituals begin at Srimandir

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Puri: Devotees in large numbers thronged the Puri Srimandir to witness the Raidamodar Besa of Lord Jagannath on Wednesday.

The Kartik rituals of the deities have begun from today.

The Puspalak servitors adorned Lord Jagannath with Raidamodar Besa soon after the completion of routine rituals like Mailama, Tadaplagi, and Abakash.

Kartika is the holiest of all the months in Hindu lunar calendar and includes many religious events like ‘Habisha’, ‘Baluka Puja’, ‘Panchuka’, ‘Kartika Purnima’, ‘Boita Bandana’ etc. It usually overlaps with the months October & November in the English calendar. This is the most awaited month of the year for Odias, particularly widows and women. Kartika Brata is observed for the whole month and important rituals in this month include partial fasting and reading the Kartika Mahatmya from Padma Purana.

During the period, a large number of pilgrims (particularly widows and women) came to Puri to serve Lord Jagannath and carry out their Kartika Brata.

According to Hindus, someone who undertakes Kartika Brata will get happiness in life because this is the most favourite month for both of the Supreme Gods, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The most meritorious day of this month is the full moon day i.e. Kartika Purnima.

Temple sources said Lord Jagannath would be decorated with five special Besas (attires) during the Panchaka.

The lord would be adorned with Laxminarayan Besa on the first day of Panchaka, followed by Bankachuda Besa, Tribikrama Besa and Laxminrusingha Besa.

The last day of Panchaka is very crucial when the Lord would be giving darshan to the devotees in Rajarajeswar Besa.

The Kartik Purnima festival also coincides with the Jain light festival and Guru Nanak Jayanti.

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