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Banajaga Yatra – In Search of the Neem Tree to Carve the Puri Jagannath Murti (idols) in Orissa

Banajaga Yatra marks the beginning of Nabakalebara – the change of murtis worshipped in the Puri Jagannath Temple in Orissa. Banajaga Yatra 2015 begins on March 29. The procession in search of the neem tree to carve the Puri Jagannath Murtis (idols) begins on the day. The yatra is undertaken from Puri Jagannath Temple to Maa Mangala Temple at Kakatpur via Konark. Banajaga Yatra exercise begins after an offering to Lord Jagannath in the Puri Jagannath Temple on March 29. The main offering is a Agyan Mala it is specially prepared and is 12 feet long. The procession is led by the Pati Mahapatra family who receives the Agyan Mala after the puja. The procession comprises of Daitapatis, Pati Mahapatra Sevaks, priests, carpenters, Lenka, Kahalia, Deula Karana, Tadhau Karana and security personal of Puri Jagannath Temple . The procession halts at the palace of the former king of Puri. Here permission is taken for the journey. The permission is given by giving bet