Adhara Pana: SJTA forms a panel for the smooth running of rituals

Puri: To ensure the unimpeded implementation of the Adhara Pana ritual of the Holy Trinity, the administration of Shree Jagannath Temple (SJTA) today formed a commission.
This was announced by Chief Administration Officer SJTA Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra. Speaking to the media about the arrangements made for the ritual of Adhara Pana, the head of the SJTA said the board consisting of Suare Mahasuar Niyag and Daitapati Niyang members would ensure the smooth conduct of the ritual.
On the eleventh day (Ekadasi), the three deities are offered a refreshing drink called “Adhara Pana”. In the local language, ‘Adhara’ means ‘Lip’ and ‘Pana’ is a sweet fragrance of milk, sugar, cheese, bananas, camphor, walnut, black pepper, etc. Apart from these ingredients, other plant extracts such as Tulasi (sacred basil) also mix in the drink. The deities are offered Adhara Pana on huge cylindrical earthen vessels that reach their lips. The drink was filled in nine earthen pots and each of the deities was offered in three containers on each of its chariots. Raghavadas Matha, Odia Matha and the administration of the temple together contribute to the vessels and drinks for this occasion.
The priests offer a drink to the deities by performing “Sodo’s Companion Pooja”. When Puja breaks through earthen pots, they are broken by the servant and Pana is spreading in the car. It is believed that several evil spirits, spooky bodies, and dissatisfied souls follow the deities during the Car Festival. According to the ritual, Adhara Pana is not for devotees and clerics, but only for these evil spirits and lesser deities present in three cars (Parsva Devatas) guard the car during Ratha Yatra. The breakdown of these earthen pots on the battlecase has been done purposefully, because the drink is not for the devotional use of the devotee, and to ensure that all these invisible forces and the Parsa Devati consume Adhara Pan and are satisfied.

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