‘Hera Panchami’ ritual: Angry Goddess Laxmi breaks a part of Nandighosha

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Puri: The Hera Panchami ritual, which falls on the fifth day of the Rath Yatra, of Lord Jagannath and his siblings, was held on June 5, 2022.

As a part of the rituals, Goddess Lakshmi broke a part of the Nandighosha Ratha, the chariot of Lord Jagannath, parked in front of the Gundicha Temple.

As Goddess Laxmi was not accompanied by Lord Jagannath and his siblings to the Gundicha temple, it is believed that she gets angry, and to vent out her anger she secretly visits the Gundicha temple to have a glimpse of her husband Lord Jagannath.

In order to please her, Lord Jagannath promises her to return to the Srimandir after three days. As a mark of his promise, Pati Mohapatra servitors give an Agyan Mala (a garland of consent) to Goddess Laxmi on behalf of Lord Jagannath.

As Goddess Lakshmi does not get enough time to have the darshan of Lord Jagannath due to evening rituals of the holy trinity, she breaks a part of Nandighosh Ratha to express her anger and leaves secretly for Srimandir through a different path known as Hera Gouri lane.

The Hera Panchami ritual marks the process for Bahuda Jatra as the three chariots are turned southward called ‘Dakhina Moda’.

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