Nabakalebara – The Grand Festival of Puri Temple in 2015

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The tree to be used for the idol of Lord Jagannath should fulfill many conditions. It should have four principal branches symbolizing the four arms of Vishnu. There should be no nest of birds in that tree. Any water body such as a river or a pond should exist nearby. There should also be a cremation ground in the vicinity.

 

Also there has to be a snake pit and ant hill near the root of the tree. No creeper should have mounted on it. There should be a natural impression of sankha (conch shell) and chakra (wheel) on the trunk of the tree.

 

However the interesting part of it is that the location of such a tree is indicated to the head of the search team by Goddess Mangala in a dream and accordingly the logs are collected after performing of rituals prescribed.

 

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