Rath Yatra 2019: Adhara Pana Ritual to be Held Today

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Bhubaneswar: A day after the holy trinity adorned the golden attire, it is time for observing the ‘Adhara Pana’ ritual, wherein, a rich drink will be offered to the trinity by priests today.

It is believed that the deities are tired with the journey during Bahuda and then when they also got ready to give their devotees a special darshan of their ‘Suna Besha’, they become extremely tired.

The “Pana” is made of a mixture of milk cream, cheese, sugar, banana, camphor, nuts, black pepper apart from various herbal plant extracts, including tulasi that are blended into the drink.

The beverage is then filled in nine earthen pots. The pots are long cylindrical shaped so that they reach the height of the deities’ lips. The deities are offered three pots each. After consecrating, the pots are smashed right there on the chariots, so that the drink flows all over the chariot.