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Lord telling about festivals

(Ref: Skanda Purana - Purushottama Kshetra Mahatmya - 29)

Jagannath temple, Puri, Puri district, OdishaMeditation: I meditate on the Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannatha during the month of Asadha.

Lord telling about festivals to be performed: The Lord told about some festivals to be performed by the king.
1. On the full moon day of Jyestha, the birthday of the incarnation should be celebrated (The Lord incarnated on the second chaturyugas of Manu on Jyestha of Krita Yuga). The Lord should be bathed and taken to the banyan tree.
2. The great procession named Gundicha should be celebrated on the Asadha Shukla Paksha Dwitiya preferably in conjunction with the Pushya nakshatra. The Gundicha pavilion should be built on the place of the altar of the thousand horse sacrifies. The Indradyumna lake exists there consisting of all the tirthas. The Lord should be taken there for nine days, after which the Lord should be taken back to the shrine.
3. On Phalguna Poornima, the festivals of swing (dola) should be celebrated.
4. On Chaitra Shukla Paksha Tryodashi the festival of Karmaprapuranam should be celebrated. The Lord should be worshipped with Damana flowers on the Chaitra Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi.
5.On Vaishakha Shukla Paksha Tritiya (Akshaya Tritiya), the Lord should be smeared with special unguents.

Thus the Lord blessed king Indradyumna and commanded to celebrate the great festivals and processions.


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