It has been a year of virtual alternatives, when it comes to devotees coming together to joyfully and blissfully celebrate the different occasions and pastime activities of the Lord held in Sri Mayapur dham during the virus outbreak Like; Jagannatha Yatha Yatra, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Narasimha Chaturdashi, Snana Yatra etc... but excitingly as the borders of India gradually opens, Sri Mayapur dham and the community devotees, visiting devotees, neighbouring villagers and from all around is set to celebrate once again in grand style the Odana Sasti celebration of Lord Jagannath which happens to be the very last festival of Lord Jagannatha this year. Therefore, we are looking forward to a very blissfully celebration to end this year while we ecstatically await next year’s celebrations.
Odana Sasti Lila!
One year, when Lord Caitanya and His associates celebrated this festival in Puri, Pundarika Vidyanidhi, who is Vrsabhanu Maharaja, Srimati Radharani’s father, in krsna-lila, received some special mercy. His experience is instructive for us all. Srila Prabhupada explains, “At the beginning of winter, there is a ceremony known as the Odana-sasthi. This ceremony indicates that from that day forward, a winter covering should be given to Lord Jagannatha. That covering is directly purchased from a weaver. According to the arcana-marga, the cloth should first be washed to remove all the starch, and then it can be used to cover the Lord. Pundarika Vidyanidhi saw that the priest neglected to wash the cloth before covering Lord Jagannatha. Since he wanted to find some fault in the devotees, he became indignant.” (Cc Madhya 16.78 purport)
“At the beginning of winter, there is a ceremony known as the Odana-sasthi. This ceremony indicates that from that day forward, a winter covering should be given to Lord Jagannatha.” – Sri Caitanya Caritamrta, Madhya-lila16.79,
So, on this day in Rajapur Jagannatha Mandir in Sri Dham Mayapur, which is non -different from Sri Kshetra Puri dham, Lord Jagannatha will be beautifully dressed in starched clothes, His altar beautifully decorated with blooming flowers and the Lord will be offered opulent worship. Temple management has arranged Darshan for devotees from Mayapur community and the surrounding villages to have this very special darshan of Lord Jagannatha while carefully following the Covid protocols to ensure the safety of everyone. There will be ecstatic kirtan, wonderful katha and delicious prasadam. Devotees can ecstatically participate in this physically or join us on Mayapur TV.
The Odana-sasthi festival is most definitely a favourite winter festival in Sri Jagannatha Manidr.
To make this occasion and celebration come to live, we invite devotees worldwide to contribute for this year Odana Sasti festival and prasadam distribution & receive the blessings of Lord Jagannath. A Puja to Sri Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra devi shall be offered on your behalf and your prayers shall be read out to Sri Jagannath.
- Full Sponsorship - ₨ 50,000
- 500 Plates - ₨ 25,000
- 200 Plates - ₨ 10,000
- 100 Plates - ₨ 5,000
- Starched Dresses - ₨ 49,000
- Full Altar Decorations - ₨ 20,000
- Flower Garlands - ₨ 10,001
- Raj Bhog Seva - ₨ 6,000
- Special Puja - ₨ 3,501
- Incense Seva - ₨ 2,750
- Tulasi Garlands - ₨ 2,001
- Dip Dhan Seva - ₨ 1,001
Any donation amount is also welcome.
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