The stage is set for the international spiritual convention tagged ‘Shree Jagannath Pancharatra Mahotsav’ based on Glory of Lord Jagannath from January 9 to 14 to propagate the Jagannath tradition and cultural heritage of India.
The living king of Puri, Odisha, Dibyasingh Deb will be in the lake city to conduct the six-day international convention at Raje Sambhaji ground near Anand Nagar toll plaza.
The event is being organised by Jagannath Chetna Seva Samiti, in collaboration with government of Odisha (ministry of law), Puri Jaganath temple administration, Odisha Bhavan and supported by Chinmay Mission, Ramkrishna Mission and as many as 60 Odia outfits in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Raigad. “Pancharatra Mahotsav is an authentic propagation of the glory of the Lord as has been explained in the ancient scriptures,” Deb told.
“Yagna Prasad has been arranged for over 2 lakh people during the six-day programme at the convention venue. Ground has been spruced up to accommodate such huge assembly. Parking slot for over 400 cars has been carved out,” said a coordinator.
A cultural troupe has been sent in by Odisha government to stage world famous Odissi and Gotipua dances during the cultural slot in the evenings. “We had begun preparation for the big show since last June. This event has been envisaged by Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati Maharaj of Govardhan Peeth, Puri and pundits of Muktimandap, the highest religious body connected with the ancient tradition of the Lord,” said Deb.
Pancharatra is a structured program which adopts the path of knowledge’ and ‘devotion’ for the devotees to seek divine blessings of Lord Jagannath. The program will include 5 components like Archana, Aahuti, Pranayana, Prabochana and Bhajan/Sankirtan. In all 3, 309 shlokas from Purushottam Mahatmya of Skanda Puran will be chanted.
Balyogi Shree Sadanandji Maharaj of Sadguru Dham, Radha Ranjan Dash (IFS), Ambassador of India to Jordan, Shivdev Gorowara, Consul General, Republic of Seychelles, Dr Arabinda Padhee (IAS), chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple-Puri will grace the event. The inauguration will be held at the hands of Baba Sachidananda Das Maharaj, head of Jhanjapitha Matha, Puri, Dibyasingh Deb and Swami Madhavananda Saraswati Maharaj, Acharya of Chinmay Mission.Shree Jagannath Pancharatra Mahotsav Pancharatra Mahotsav