Dayana Chori Ritual of Lord Jagannath is observed on Chaitra Sukla Trayodasi and Chaturdasi Tithis i.e. the 13th and 14th day of the bright fortnight of Chaitra (March-April). As per the ritual, Lord Jagannath Mahaprabhu had forcibly collected Dayana leaves from the Nandana garden of Lord Indra and had worn them in his hands. This festival is observed in memory of the said incident. The representative deities like Lord Rama and Lord Krushna are taken in a procession to the celebrated garden of the Jagannath Ballabha Matha, where the deities pick up their dear Dayana leaves unnoticed by anybody, and on the 14th day, the leaves are offered to the deities. This is also known as Damanaka Chaturdasi.
On this occasion, the deities, Rama Krushna march in a procession to Jagannath Balava from where the tender leaves of the Dayana are brought to the Temple.
Today, the “Dayana Chori” ritual was performed in Shree Jagannatha Temple, Puri. On this occasion the deities, Rama Krushna march in a procession to Jagannath balava from where the tender leaves of the Dayana are brought to the Temple. pic.twitter.com/G8540HHORu
— Shree Jagannatha Temple, Puri (@JagannathaDhaam) April 25, 2021
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