Chandan Yatra in Odisha

Chandan Yatra, Puri, Odisha: Chandan Yatra also known as Gandhalepana yatra is the longest festival observed at Jagannath temple at Puri, India. Chandan Yatra is one such opportunity to engage lovingly in the service of the Lord. During this festival, to beat the blazing heat of the summer, the Lord’s body is anointed with sandalwood paste. Chandan Yatra meaning Sandalwood Voyage in Sanskrit, which continues for 42 days is observed in two parts: Bahara Chandana and Bhitara Chandana. 
This takes place in the month of Vaisaksha and continues for 42 days. But, generaly speaking and for the piligrims and visitors, it is a Festival of 21 day only. The first period known as "Bahar Chandan" or outer Chandan. During this period, the representative images of Rama, Krishna, Madanmohan, Laxmi and Biswadhatri at taken in a procession to Narendra tank. Also images of Siva from 5 Shiva Temples known as "Pancha Pandavas" accompany them in a Procession in the Narendra tank, the images play in well decorated boats and are worshipped. The second period of 21 days known as "Bhitar Chandana" is celebrated inside the Temple.


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