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Anasara: Know Everything About How Holy Trinity Fall Sick & Are Cured During This 15-Day-Period & Lord Alarnath

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18 June 2019


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Bhubaneswar: When the Holy Trinity (Lord Jagannath, Lord Balbhadra, and Goddess Subhadra) along with Lord Sudarshan undergo a lavish bath during the Snana Purnima to beat the heat of the summers, they fall sick or rather go to a fortnight long hibernation known as ‘Anasara’. The Lords are then treated with herbs, flower and root extracts, etc just like human beings to cure the ailments.

The servitors follow the secret rituals and perform the duties with proper care to rejuvenate the Lords. As part of Gupta Niti (secret rituals), the servitors apply Phuluri Tela (sesame oil with flower and herb extracts) provided by Bada Odia Mutt. The Lords undergo the Panchakarma treatment to look fresh. First, the Lords are given medicines to lower the temperature of the body and then the other parts of the Sree Anga (sacred body) are treated.

During these days the deities stay away from the public view and there is a need for substitute images for the public and to whom daily rituals can be offered at temple. So during this time three patta paintings of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra are worshipped in the temple. These patta paintings are known as 'Anasara patti' or 'Anavasara patti'. During Anasara period the door of Patitapabana, the representative image of Lord Jagannath worshiped at the right side of Simha dwara (main entrance of the temple), is also closed. Besides the three main patta paintings, another small Anasara Pati is also prepared for Patitapabana and placed in front of the door for public view.

It is widely believed that the Holy Trinity manifests ifself in the 13th century Alarnath temple located located in Brahmagiri of Puri district.And a darshan of this shrine during Anasara of deities brings same fortune and wellbeing. The temple was established by the royal Alwar dynasty of Rajasthan and was named Alwarnath, which later became Alarnath with due course of time. It houses Lord Alarnath, the standing idol of four-armed Lord Vishnu, made of black chlorite.

There are two interesting intriguing stories regarding this temple. First, it is believed that that the temple became a devotional destination after Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited it during the ‘Anasara’ period as he did not have darshan of Lord Jagannath in Puri.

Secondly, the ‘kheer’ prasad offered to the Lord Alarnath is quite famous.  Legend has that the priest used to offer kheer daily but one day he forgot, even though he had prepared it. Later when he realized his folly, he rushed to offer it to the Lord, but found drops of ‘kheer’ on the lips of the Lord’s idol.

The temple administration has made elaborate arrangements for smooth darshan. The devotees have thronged to the temple since morning not only to get a view of the presiding deity, but also get a taste of the famous kheer (rice porridge) here.

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Ashok Kumar Mohanty, Tehsildar, Puri