The world famous Rath Yatra in Puri, OdishaRathyatraWho doesn’t know about This Rath Yatra will start after a fortnight from today. On Wednesday, a day after bathing in 108 pitchers of water on Tuesday, Lord Balabhadra, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Jagannath (Bhagwan Jagannath) Stay in their temple, because according to tradition they fall ill. Researchers of Jagannath Culture Bhaskar Mishra According to reports, all three live in solitude for a fortnight. No one is allowed inside the temples except the Daitapati servants, where the Lord rests after falling ill.
According to Bhaskar Mishra, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra have been kept in seclusion in a room called Anasar Ghar after falling ill. He is being treated with herbs, flowers and root extracts on the instructions of the Raj Vaidya of the palace. They say that the three gods and goddesses are treated in the same way as a human being is treated when he falls ill.
One thing to note here is that even God will stay in the ‘Anasar Ghar’ for 14 days in quarantine. You will remember when the rule of 14-day quarantine i.e. self-isolation was made at the beginning of the corona epidemic, then people wondered why only 14 days were fixed for the quarantine. Later, doctors and experts had told how it is necessary to break the cycle of infectious diseases and for this a 14-day quarantine period is important.
Quarantine room for God too
Quarantine means to restrict the movement of the infected so that the infection does not spread to others. It is said that even God had followed these rules. This tradition is still followed in the Jagannath temple of Odisha. According to Bhaskar Mishra, researcher of Jagannath culture, this practice is prevalent in Lord Jagannath temple since ancient times. During the second wave of Corona, the Odisha government also mentioned this religious tradition to follow the Kovid norms, how Lord Jagannath isolates himself in the Quarantine Room before the annual Rath Yatra. This quarantine room is called Anasar Ghar.
What is mythological belief and tradition?
According to mythology, Lord Jagannath, his brother Lord Balabhadra and his sister Goddess Subhadra were bathed with 108 pitchers of holy water on the day of Snan Purnima. After taking this much bath, all three of them got fever. To prevent this infection from spreading further, all the three deities were taken to Anasar Ghar and kept there. He was treated at Anasar home itself. All three deities were cured on the 14th day. That is why this tradition is going on. Every year, 14 days before the Rath Yatra, God gets quarantined and comes out when he is healthy.
God was cured by Ayurvedic medicines
According to Bhaskar Mishra, researcher of Shree Jagannath culture, despite being all three gods and goddesses, they take Ayurvedic medicines to recover from the disease. So those who are suffering from some disease should be given medicine instead of just leaving it at the mercy of God. God’s grace will be there, but for this it is also necessary to take medicine.
According to Sharat Mohanty, a servant of Jagannath culture and tradition, only a few selected servants can enter the closed room during the stay of the Lord in the Anasar (Quarantine). They also perform some traditional rituals. A special oil called Phuluri is applied to the deities and Rajbaidya prepares a special kind of herbal medicine for their complete recovery. This medicine is offered to the Lord on Ekadashi tithi. According to traditions, after this ritual, the deity is believed to have fully recovered.
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