29 June 2019
Puri: After suffering from fever for 14 days, the Holy Trinity in Puri Jagannath Temple are on the road to recovery following an extensive herbal treatment and secret rituals at Anasara house by the dedicated servitors.
Lords Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra were taken ill for two weeks after Snana Purnima (ritualistic bathing ceremony). Lords Baidyaraj prepared 'Dusamula Modok' which will cure the deities of their ailment. Dasamula, which will be administered to the Holy Trinity on Saturday, is supposed to recede the temperature of Lords. It was prepared from different medicinal plants by the Raja Baidya (Royal Physician) on Friday.
During the 15-day period, the servitors follow secret rituals and perform 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 also 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. 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'.
With few more days to go, the pilgrim town Puri is gearing up for world famous event Rath Yatra (car festival) scheduled on July 4.