Nabakalebara is an important festival in Puri, Odisha state, this unique festival celebrated in the span of 12 or 19 years. The four deities Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshan are made from log of woods. Navakalevara falls in the month of Asadha (June-July) when a leap year fall in the same month as per the lunar calendar. The process for the collection of new logs starts from the 10th day of the bright fortnight of Chaitra (March). The first phase of Navakalebar start by appointing of Brahmin pundits a group temple servitors and Daitas by King of Puri considered as the hereditary of king Indradumna. These servitors, who known as the hereditary of Viswavasu Sabar, who was worshiping Neela Madhab at the Neela Kandara. The search of Daru starts after blessings of Maa Mangala of Kakatpur. After receiving blessings all servitors proceed to different directions to select Nim trees as per the prescriptions of Shastra’s. The Brahmin pundits perform Yanja near each selected trees. Then after trees are cut, and four big logs are brought for four deities wrapped with silken clothes in specially built carts to Puri and kept in Koili Baikunta. The Daitas observe mourning for 10days as kith and kins of the Lord because of change of old body of the deities as it happens with the case of death of a person in Hindu family. The process of repair of new deities are continued and completed on the new moon day of Asadha. It may be noted here that the process of change of body takes place only in the month of Asadha when it is having a length of 60days. On the 15th days of the dark fortnight of Asadha. The question arise here why does Gods also change his body? The simple answer to this question is Lord performs this sports to teach the humankind that he is not the body, he is the soul. He is Sat-Chit-Anand, the embodiment of bliss. Whenever man dies the soul changes the material body, the mortal body. Body is transitory but the soul is eternal. Then only he will surpass all kind of sorrowful happenings of the world.
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