This is the first time the Panchratra function is to be held outside Puri, and so, all the Lord Jagannath temples, trusts and Odia organisations in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai are making arrangements and working together to make the function memorable for all Jagannath devotees.
The function is set to take place from January 9 to 14.
It will be organised under the aegis of Jagannath Chetana Seva Samiti (Mumbai), an apex body affiliated to the Jagannath Temple in Puri which has been formed of representatives from the four main trusts, including the Jai Jagannath Lok Taran Trust and Maharashtra Odia Welfare Association, that are located in Kharghar. The event will be organised at Chhatrapati Sambaji Raje ground in Mulund (E).
Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb, who is the Maharaja of Puri, connected to royals who founded the famous Jagannath Temple will be present throughout the function apart from the swamijis and priests from Puri.
Speaking about the decision to organise the event, Bhagwanda Panda, president of Maharashtra Odia Welfare Association, said, “When Maharaja visited Mumbai in June, I along with Satyabrata Patnaik and RP Mudali of the Lok Taran trust and Krupanidhi Biswal, who is the officer on special duty in Odisha Bhavan, expressed our wishes to have the function here. Thereafter, we along with a few more representatives visited him in Puri and finalised the date of the function and other specifications.”
The function consists of five components namely, archana, aahuti, pranayana, prabochana and bhajan/sankirtana. It will start from sunrise everyday and end at night with distribution of mahaprasad. There will also be cultural programme on themes related to Lord Jagannath.
“Yagnas will be conducted by priests everyday and 3,309 shlokas taken from the Purushottam Mahatmayam of the Skanda Purana will be chanted. The main intention behind organising the event is to educate the devotees about Lord Jagannath and the priests chanting the shlokas will also give an explanation for everyone to understand,” said Satyabrata Patnaik, a spokesperson.Jagannath Chetana Seva Samiti Jagananth Pancharatra pancharata