Puja and Bhoga
The puja of the temple are mainly classified under three heads. Fifty six types of food items are offered to the Lord Jagannath in a day.
The puja of the temple are mainly classified under three heads. The daily rituals which are fixed and are observed every day as of routine course. Apart from this there are special puja that are conducted as the specialty of a particular day(s) or month(s). Apart from this, various festivals observed in the temple during the year.
Bhoga or Mahaprasad offered in Shree Jagannath temple is of two types. One is Sankudi Mahaprasad that includes rice and dal cooked in different ways, different side dishes, and sweets prepared with or without milk, pancakes etc. The holy food is cooked in the earthern pots in firewood only. The food is offered to Lord Jagannath first and then to Goddess Bimala.
The other is Sukhila Mahaprasad that consists dry sweet meals. It includes different kinds of dry and sweet confectionaries like khaja, magajaladdu and a dozen of more choices. The sweet and crunchy ‘khaja’ prepared from refined flour and sugar infused with ethnic flavors is said to be Shree Jagannatha's favorite.
Both the types of Mahaprasad are available for sale in Ananda Bazaar or the Pleasure Market of the Shree Jagannath Temple.