By Dikhyaa Mohanty
After offering Adhara Pana to Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath a day before, all the three trinities are set for returning to the Sanctorum of Srimandir on the occasion of Niladri Bije.
Another major ritual that is followed on this day is Lord Jagannath venturing to assuage Goddess Laxmi by offering her Rasagolla and seeks her forgiveness. Leaving her behind during the festival of Rath Yatra, she is upset with Lord Jagannath.
To which this day is been celebrated as Rasgolla Diwas in Odisha. And that is why Niladri Bije and Rasgulla Dibas are revered by the devotees. It is celebrated on Ashadha Traydashi.
After morning rituals are completed for the holy sibling deities, other rituals like Sandhya Alati, Sandhya Dhupa, Charmala Bandha, Singhasana Majana, and Puspanjali will be done. The deities will be then taken inside the Srimandir in a single procession or Goti Pahandi.
Every year this day is been celebrated with utmost enthusiasm and devotion in Odisha. But this year amid the deadly novel Coronavirus pandemic no such event will be celebrated publicly.
Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik paid a tribute to the Rath Yatra on Niladri Bije showing Lord Jagannath offering Rasagola to Goddess Lakshmi through his creativity sculpted in a beautiful representation of art.