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Hera Panchami during Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra at Gundicha Temple

Hera Panchami is a unique ritual held during the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra at the GundichaTemple. In 2018, the date of Hera Panchami is July 17. Hera means to ‘see’ and Panchami means the ‘fifth day’ – on Hera Panchami day Goddess Lakshmi travels to the GundichaTemple to see Lord Jagannath. The visit of Goddess Lakshmi takes place five days after the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra.

During the Puri Rath Yatra, the chariots (Ratha) carrying Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are pulled from the PuriJagannathTemple to the GundichaTemple, here the deities visit their aunt.

The popular belief is that Lord Jagannath had promised his wife Goddess Lakshmi that He will return the next day. But Lord Jagannath does not return the next day. Goddess Lakshmi waits and waits and finally on the fifth day she goes to GundichaTemple on a palanquin and sees the Ratha of Lord Jagannath outside GundichaTemple.

The people who follow the palanquin of Goddess Lakshmi sing the Hera Panchami song The Hera P…

Manisha Panchakam Quotes – The questions asked by outcaste

Manisha Panchakam is a text in the form of questions written by Sri Adi Shankaracharya and it brings out the essence of Advaita Vedanta. The questions were asked by a Chandala – when he was asked by Adi Shankara to move away from his path.What is it that you want to move away? Do you want the body made up of food to move away from another body made up of food? Or do you want consciousness to move away from consciousness?Is there any difference between the reflection of the sun in the waters of the Ganga and its reflection in the water in a ditch in the quarters of the outcastes? Or between the space in a gold pot and in a mud pot? What is this illusion of difference in the form, “This is a Brahmana and this is an outcaste” in the indwelling self which is the ripple-free ocean of bliss and pure consciousness?Manisha Panchakam