Daitapati servitors to perform secret rituals at Puri Srimandir

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Puri: Daitapati servitors (sevayats) will now perform the secret rituals of the Trinity Lords at the Puri Srimandir.

Earlier, Panda sevayats at the 12th Century shrine used to conduct the secret rituals. On Saturday, Daitapati sevayats took over the charge, sources said.

According to the traditions, Daitapati sevayats conduct rituals from Debasnana Purnima, or first day of the Odia month of Asadha till Niladri Bije. They play a very important role in the annual Rath Yatra.

The Daitapati servitors also play an important role during Nabakalebar, the elaborate ritual of the new embodiment of the four wooden images of Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudharsan enshrined in the Shree Jagannath temple which relates to the periodical renewal of the wooden images.

According to mythology, the Daitapatis are considered close relatives of Lord Jagannath. They are the direct decedents of Shabara chieftain Biswabasu, who used to worship Jagannath before the Lord came to the temple in Puri.

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