Unique Role of Alarnath When ShreeJagannath Falls In Fever
Alarnath or Alvarnatha Temple is dedicated to ShreeVishnu and situated in Brahmagiri, Odisha, (around 22 Kms from Puri). It gets flooded with tourists during the krishnapaksha of Ashadha, after the Snana Yatra when Lord Jagannath doesn’t give DARSHAN to the devotees in Puri. It was a direct result of extreme shower , when Shree Jagannath himself falls in fever. This is all about the human pastimes of our loving God ShreeJagannath.Let me give a little idea about the Snana Yatra festival of Shree Jagannath here . The Deba Snana Yatra, likewise spelt Snana Yatra, is an imperial bathing celebration of the heavenly Trinity (Sibling Gods Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra). It is performed on the purnima of the Hindu month of Jyeshtha. It is the promising birthday of ShreeJagannath. Consistently on the event of Jyestha Purnima, kin divinities and Chakradhar Sudarsan, scrub down with 108 pots of sacrosanct water.It is a significant celebration for Hindus.On the very next day , ShreeJagannath falls in fever and devotees are no more allowed to have DARSHAN ( see and worship) of the three sibling God’s.
Let me explain a little bit about the kind of treatment given to our Lord Jagannath when he falls in fever after a heavy shower on the day of Snana Yatra.
This is an essential secret ritual that is around 1000 years old. Anasara gupta niti( secret ritual)of Phuluri oil massage on the Sreeanga ( Devine body )by the servitors can’t be made open to the public . It is accepted that the divinities are enduring extreme body throb due to fever.
This is a home grown treatment applied to the sickly sibling deities by the Daitapatis.
This is a unique Sesame oil blended in with a great many regular ingredients chiefly fragrant flowers,herbs and roots, for example…Ketaki,Malli,Juee,Boula,Champa,Kia,Bena chera,Sandalwood powder,Camphor etc.All these things are blended with hand crushed Sesame oil n kept in an earthen pot and afterward covered under the earth since last year’s Hera Panchami(Aashada sukla Panchami) and left to mix under the earth for almost a year.
On this day,the Mahanta Maharaj of Bada Odia Math,Puri unearth the earthen pot from the pit and channel the Seasame oil in an exceptionally hallowed way to the Temple for massaging the ailing divinities. Consistently almost 4 seras(kgs) of this natural oil provided by the Bada Odia Math,Puri.The researchers are of assessment that the option to supply Phuluri tela(oil) was given by the Gajapati Purushottam Dev.Atibadi Jagannath Das was provided accommodation in Bada Odia Math during those days by the king. Atibadi Jagannath Das was assigned that duty to prepare the Phuluri oil during the early years.
During this period, prevalently known as Anasara or ‘Anabasara’ (in a real sense meaning no tourist is allowed to see Jagannath , the master of universe ). In stead of the Darubrahma ( wooden idols) of Lord Jagannath , Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra, three patta paintings ( Pati Dian) of them are worshipped on the gemstone throne inside the Shree Jagannath temple at Puri.
Rather than having darshan in Jagannath Temple, devotees accept that Lord Jagannath during this time appears as Alarnath Dev, at the Alarnath temple in Brahmagiri. During Anabasara time , the Kheeri bhoga offered to Alarnath Dev is abundantly advertised and popular.