Goddess Lakshmi breaks a part of Lord Jagannath’s chariot on this day. Hera Panchami 2023 date is 24 June (Saturday) as per Odia calendar. It is one of the important and unique rituals during Rath Yatra.
Hera Panchami wishes
- Wish you a Happy Hera Panchami.
- Let’s celebrate the day of love, anger, and affection between Lord Jagannath & Goddess Lakshmi. Happy Hera Panchami.
- Wishing you and your family a Happy Hera Panchami.
- Wishing you all Happy Hera Panchami. Today Maa Maha Lakshmi will break Nandighosa Ratha to express her anger as she was not invited to join Ratha Jatra.
History behind Hera Panchami
The fifth day from Ratha Yatra i.e. 5th day in bright fortnight of Ashadha is known as Hera Panchami. Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra with Lord Sudarshan leave Srimandir for a nine day sojourn to Gundicha temple leaving behind Goddess Mahalaxmi.
According to the popular belief, Lord Jagannath promises his wife Goddess Lakshmi that he will return the following day. However, Lord Jagannath does not return. Maha Laxmi waits and becomes angry. She cannot bear the separation and chooses to meet Lord Jagannath on the fifth day, i.e. on Hera Panchami.
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As per rituals, on this day, servitors carry Goddess Lakshmi to the Gundicha temple on a palanquin in a grand procession. After reaching the temple, the Goddess makes a halt near Nandighosha Rath where she is welcomed with ceremonial ‘Bandapana’. Later, she is taken to Lord Jagannath through the ‘Jaya Bijaya Dwara’ where she receives an ‘agyan mala’ (a garland of consent) taken out from the body of Lord Jagannath.
While returning, she asks her servitor to break a part of the Nandighosa Ratha parked in front of Gundicha temple. She returns to the Srimandir through Nakachana gate via Gohiri Sahi route later. This ritual is known as Ratha Bhanga.
Another interesting fact is also found in ‘Ratha Chakada’ scripture that Hera Panchami was introduced by the King Kapilendra Deb. Earlier, the ritual was performed through chanting. But, the king had conducted the rituals in a grand way in which the Panchu Pandav was also taking part.