One of the greatest events in 2015 is Nabakalebara of Lord Jagannath. Also known as Nabakalebar Rath Yatra, the festival is likely to attract more than 10 lakhs devotees around the world, who will be immerged in the chant of ‘Jay Jagannath Swamy’.
What is Nabakalebara?
Nabakalebara is an ancient ritual of replacing the idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Sudarshan Chakra with new set of wooden image idols. This periodical renewal or replacement of gods takes place in most Jagannath Temples around the world in every 12 – 19 years. This time, it is going to happen in 2015, after 19 years – 1996. The festival is really a special one for all Jagannath devotees.
Best Time of Nabakalebara:
According to Hindu calendar, a year that has two months of Ashadha is ideal for celebrating this much awaited event. This usually occurs every 12 to 19 years and 2015 is the best time for this celebration. Lord Jagannath Himself comes in the dream of the main priest of the temple and gives him hints about of the located of the sacred Neem Trees or Margo Trees, from which the idols of deities are made up. The idols will be made up from no ordinary need trees unless they are mentioned by the Almighty. The trees are otherwise known as “Daru Bramha”. Each deity will be made up from different Daru.
To have the best glimpse of this festive carnival, head out to Puri. A splendid holiday destination, Puri will surely mesmerize you not only with its world famous Jagannath Temple, but also with its miles of stunning sandy beaches. Book a hotel or a holiday rental in advance to enjoy a hassle free vacation with family.