Puri Rath Yatra: Lord Balabhadra slips on 'Charamala' during Adapa Bije pahandi

Prameyanews English

Published By : Prameya News Bureau | July 09, 2024 IST

Bhubaneswar, July 9: During the Puri Rath Yatra, an unfortunate incident occurred when Lord Balabhadra slipped on the “Charamala” while being taken off His Taladhwaja chariot during the “Goti pahandi” ritual today evening.

The “goti pahandi” is a significant part of the Rath Yatra, where the deities are carried in a swaying motion. 

After certain rituals on the chariots were completed, the “Pahandi” ritual began, and Lord Balabhadra was being taken to the “Adapa Mandap” in this manner.

 However, while descending from the chariot, he slipped on the “Charamala.” 

Fortunately, the servitors acted swiftly and managed to bring Him back to His earlier position. 

Despite the mishap, Lord Balabhadra’s safety was ensured, although around eight servitors sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital. 

CM Mohan Charan Majhi has directed Law Minister Prithviraj Harichandan to visit Puri and take stock of the situation. He also wished for speedy recovery of injured servitors.

Deputy CM Pravati Parida along with Law Minister Prithviraj Harichandan immidiadely rushed to Puri and met the injurd servitors who are admitted in the local hospital.

The Rath Yatra is a grand event that attracts thousands of devotees, involving the transportation of the idols of Lord Balabhadra, and Subhadra from the Jagannath Temple to the Gundicha Temple, where they are placed in chariots.

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