Puri set to witness Sahi Jata on Ram Navami

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

Puri is eagerly preparing to celebrate Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition intertwined with Jagannath culture, on April 17th.

Puri, Ap 9:  Puri is eagerly preparing to celebrate Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition intertwined with Jagannath culture, on April 17th. Traditionally, seven sahis—Kalikadebi Sahi, Goudabada Sahi, Harachandi Sahi, Markandeswar Sahi, Dolamandap Sahi, Bali Sahi, and Kundeibeta Sahi—present proposals to the Jagannath Temple to observe Sahi Jata.

 

The Sahi Jata festivities commence from Sri Ram Navami during the nights of the Chaitra month. Following the 'Sandhyadupa,' at the Jagannath Temple, symbolic idols of Lord Ram and Laxman are carried in an ornate palanquin to Jagannathballabh Mutt with blessings from the temple.


Street performances, organized by Sata Sahi Akhadas (gymnasiums), feature individuals portraying various characters from the Ramayan, spanning from the birth of Lord Ram to the defeat of the demon king Ravana. Notably, characters like Parsurama and Ravana are accompanied by elaborate decorative structures called 'medhas.

These medhas parade through the seven oldest streets of the sacred city, where they dance gracefully despite their considerable size.


During Sahi Jata, each sahi is assigned specific rituals. A highlight of the event is the mesmerizing display of axe swinging by the Parsurama Medha, adding to the allure of the Sahi Jata celebrations.

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Puri is eagerly preparing to celebrate Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition intertwined with Jagannath culture, on April 17th.
Puri is eagerly preparing to celebrate Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition intertwined with Jagannath culture, on April 17th.
Puri is eagerly preparing to celebrate Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition intertwined with Jagannath culture, on April 17th.
Puri is eagerly preparing to celebrate Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition intertwined with Jagannath culture, on April 17th.
Puri is eagerly preparing to celebrate Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition intertwined with Jagannath culture, on April 17th.
Puri is eagerly preparing to celebrate Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition intertwined with Jagannath culture, on April 17th.
Puri is eagerly preparing to celebrate Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition intertwined with Jagannath culture, on April 17th.
Puri is eagerly preparing to celebrate Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition intertwined with Jagannath culture, on April 17th.
Puri is eagerly preparing to celebrate Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition intertwined with Jagannath culture, on April 17th.
Puri is eagerly preparing to celebrate Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition intertwined with Jagannath culture, on April 17th.
Puri is eagerly preparing to celebrate Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition intertwined with Jagannath culture, on April 17th.
Puri is eagerly preparing to celebrate Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition intertwined with Jagannath culture, on April 17th.
Puri is eagerly preparing to celebrate Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition intertwined with Jagannath culture, on April 17th.
Puri is eagerly preparing to celebrate Sahi Jata, a distinctive tradition intertwined with Jagannath culture, on April 17th.

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