Guess we are not the only ones who fall sick due to changing weather and extravagant summer baths. Next time your mom calls you out for falling sick and being an irresponsible kid, tell her:
And so, who are we? Mere mortals.
It’s been an old tradition in Jagannath Puri, Odisha to have Lord Jagannath fall sick every year during late summers. It’s believed that this is the only place where God still exists in his human form. Naturally, like humans, he experiences all worldly pleasures and problems – and so, falling sick is a part of his human life.
The tradition continues in Lord Jagannath temples of Kashi, Vrindavan and Udaipur.
All devotees enthusiastically came to offer their love in the form of luscious juices, milk and holy water.
And now, for a good fifteen days, his caretakers have kept him on a strict diet. No more treats, okay?
Simple, bland khichdi for lunch, orange juice four times a day and doses of Ayurveda medicines — this will be his life till July 5. Also, during this time, he won’t be entertaining any meetings whatsoever. The devotees are sent back from the gates with a message that he is too sick to meet anyone right now.
It’s said that 15 days later, the trio sets out on a rathyatra to get Rukmini back in the palace.
By work I mean, he will be taken for a rath yatra with his sister Shubhadra and brother Balbhadra to bless the souls of thirsty humans. Of course, not before he’s treated with 21 scrumptious delicacies.
Humans, what all we do to entertain ourselves!