The secret ritual of Brahma Paribartan (Changing the soul) of Lord Jagannath’s present idol took place on June 15 (Sankranti). During the Brahma Paribartan, the old Pati Mohapatra priest of the temple shifts the Brahma from old idol to the new ones. After Brahma Paribartan, the new idols get ‘lives’ and are adorned with Pata Bastra and gold ornaments known as Saptabharan or Banaklagi ‘Brahma Paribartan’ is the most important ritual of Nabakalebara Festival which is being held after a gap of 19 years. Brahma Paribartan of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Sudarshan was held in the midnight of June 15. The old idols of the Lords are buried inside the Koili Baikuntha within the temple premises on the night of same June 15. The ‘Naba Jaubana Darshan’ (Juvenile youth of the Lords) for the devotees will be on July 17. The world-famous Ratha Yatra will be organised on July 18.
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