A day after Suna Besha, this ritual is performed on the Rathas (chariots) stationed in front of the Singhadwar. Adhara Pana 2023 date is June 30 (Friday) as per Odia calendar. It is an important Niti of Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri.
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Puri Jagannath Adhara Pana meaning
The literary meaning of this ritual is, Adhara means Lip and Pana means Juice. Lakhs of devotees will visit the pilgrim town Puri to witness this Niti to be conducted on Friday evening.
As per tradition, nine large open-mouth barrel-shaped clay pitchers (three on each Rath) will be placed in front of the deities touching the lips of the idols, which renders the name of ‘Adhara Pana’ to the ritual. The priests will offer the drink in the pitchers to the deities while performing ‘Sodosha Upachar Pooja’. Soon after the offering late in the night, the earthen pitchers will be smashed on the chariots spilling the entire drink on the platform.
It is believed that numerous spirits, ghostly bodies, and souls that trailed the Lords during the Rath Yatra eagerly await this moment to get ‘Mokshya’ by partaking in the holy drink. A large number of devotees, who had assembled on the Bada Danda for the special drink, will collect it from the underbelly of the chariots soon after the pitchers were smashed by the servitors.
The Adhar Pana is not for devotees, said Pandit Surya Narayan Ratha Sharma. It is only for the God and Goddess who have stayed on the chariot during the period Of Ratha Jatra to guard Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra. They are said ‘Rath Rakhyak’. For that, devotees should not take the ‘Adhara Pana’ Prashad.