Puri: The world-famous Bahuda Yatra, the return journey of the holy trinity in Puri of Odisha will be held today. Bahuda Yatra is the Return Journey of the holy trinity on their three chariots to Srimandir. After spending a week inside the Gundicha temple, the deities commence their Bahuda Yatra on the 10th day.
During the return journey of these chariots, they stop for a while at the Mausima Temple. Mausima is also known as the Ardhasani temple which is dedicated to the aunt of Lord Jagannath. In this temple, the deities are offered ‘Poda Pitha’, a sweet made of coconut, rice jaggery and lentils. After spending some time in Mausima temple, the deities start their further journey to the main temple. The chariot of Subhadra and Balabhadra moves forward and parked at Singa dwara ( Lion’s gate) whereas the chariot of Jagannath takes a halt in front of King’s Palace.
It is said that The Goddess Lakshmi steals a glimpse at the return of the Chariots of Jagannath from Chapa Madapa. She is offered a garland that is a sign of loving souvenir from her partner. Goddess Lakshmi returns to the temple and awaits her partner. The deities remain in their chariots parked in front of the main temple on the day of Bahuda Yatra.