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Odisha: Devotees Throng Jagannath Dham Puri To Offer 'Paya Shraddha' To Ancestors On Diwali


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07 November 2018

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Puri: Thousands of Hindu devotees thronged the pilgrim city and sacred soil of Lord Jagannath to perform the annual ritual of paying humble obeisance and bidding farewell to their ancestors who are believed to have come down on earth during ‘pitrupakhya’ and go back to their heavenly abode on Diwali day amid the lights.

In her reactions, devotee Jene Mahala said, “Today we had a hassle-free darshan of the deities inside Sri Mandir. Today we feel elated as we had a very pleasing darshan of Mahaprabhu and paid ‘Paya Shraddha’. We prayed our revered ancestors to bless us with a peaceful and prosperous life.”

Apart from solemnising this pious ‘paya shraddha’ (sincere offerings) on the sacred 22 steps of Sri Mandir and on the ‘Bada Danda’, the devotees also light ‘kaunria kathi’ (white sticks) on the ‘Bada Danda’ (grand road) invoking the ‘bada badua’ (visiting ancestors) and bidding them heartfelt farewell by chanting “bada badua hey, andharare ashi alokare jao” (O revered ancestors having come during the pitch dark period unto the earth, we bid farewell on this festival of lights).

According to the religious scholars, today’s pious day is exclusively dedicated to our departed ancestors. While they all descend on earth from their heavenly abode in the month of ‘Aswina Krushnapakhya’, on this day they all return showering blessings on their successors.

Today being the day of lights, the departing ancestors are bidden a cordial and respectful farewell with devotion and as per one’s ability and might. It may be by offering water, flower, lighting lamps other offerings and mainly by lighting ‘kaunria kathi’ (special sticks meant for the ritual). By doing so, the pleasing posterity is blessed by the pleased ancestors and their blessings on the occasion pave our path to Paradise, as per the age-old belief.

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Anjana Mahala, Devotee

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Panchanan Das, Devotee

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Gokula Ranjan Das, IIC, Singhadwar PS, Puri