A day after Adhara Pana niti, this ritual is performed in front of Srimandir. Niladri Bije 2023 date is July 1 (Saturday) as per the Odia calendar. On this day, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Goddess Subhadra with Lord Sudarshan will return to the Ratna Singhasana (Ratna Bedi).
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Niladri Bije meaning
The Trinity would enter the Puri temple on Saturday night in a ceremonial Pahandi procession amidst a display of fireworks and chanting of hymns, to be conducted by the Daita servitors. In the Goti Pahandi procession, the Deities move one after another, which means the next Deity only moves from the chariot only after the former Deity reached the Ratna Singhasana.
Before entering the temple, the Trinity would be offered ‘Rasagola’ bhog on the chariots. With Niladri Bije (homecoming of the deities), the annual Rath Yatra of the deities will come to an end and the deities will give darshan to the devotees in the main temple.
Story of Lord Jagannath and Goddess Lakshmi
Goddess Lakshmi only allows Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra, and Lord Sudarshan into the Srimandira and closes the temple gate for Lord Jagannatha. It is believed that Mahalaxmi, wife of Lord Jagannath, was angry as she was left in the Srimandir and was not a part of the Rath Yatra to the Gundicha temple.
A tug-of-war begins between the Devadasi (women servitors) on behalf of Maha Lakshmi and the Badagrahi Daitas and other Daitapatis on behalf of Lord Jagannatha.
Between fights, Lord Jagannath promises Goddess Lakshmi that he will not do it again. After that, Maha Laxmi instructs them to open the Jaya-Bijay doors for him. Finally, near the storehouse, Lord Jagannatha turns to the north, and Goddess Lakshmi turns to the south, exchanging looks.
The Bhittarchha servitors untie the wedding knot and offer Bandapana. Lord Jagannath offers Rasagola to appease his better half. Niladri Bije is the only day when Rasagola is offered to the deities in Srimandira. So this day is celebrated as Rasagola Dibasa by all Odias worldwide.
The mouthwatering sweet Rasagola has always been a matter of discussion with regard to its origin. For some, it’s an emotional point and for some it’s fun. For ages, this sweet has been associated with Sri Jagannath Temple, Puri in Odisha.
Niladri Bije is a holy ritual. It is marked as a sacred day. Niladri Bije is the last day of Rath Yatra where Lord Jagannatha offers Rasagola in order to Goddess Laxmi in order to get entry into the temple.