PURI: To persuade folks to remain indoors and comply with quarantine norms for holding the transmissibility of COVID-19, the Odisha authorities has tried to invoke the Odia spiritual custom by highlighting how Lord Jagannath quarantines himself in “Anasar Ghar” (isolation room) earlier than the annual Rath Yatra.
Residence quarantine could be the new regular in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the globe however the apply has been in vogue in Lord Jagannath Temple right here since time immemorial.
“The instance of Lord Jagannath’s quarantine is effectively accepted by the folks and retains them inside the home. The state authorities has additionally coined a slogan saying ‘Ghare Rukantu Sustha Ruhantu’ (keep house. Keep wholesome),” Odisha governments chief COVID-19 spokesperson Subrato Bagchi stated.
He inspired folks to go for isolation after testing optimistic for COVID-19, saying “Anasar” (quarantine) was an intrinsic a part of the Odia tradition and custom.
Quarantine means proscribing the motion of the stricken in order that the an infection doesn’t unfold to others.
Based on mythology, Lord Jagannath, and his siblings, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra developed a fever after they got a shower with sacred water contained in 108 pitchers on Snan Purnima day.
Thereafter, the three deities of the Twelfth-century shrine have been taken to ‘Anasar Ghar’ the place they underwent remedy and recovered after 14 days.
This apply is noticed for 14 days earlier than the annual Rath Yatra yearly.
“The state authorities emphasises that if one checks optimistic for COVID-19, the individual should stay in quarantine for no less than 14 days.
Even the grasp of the universe (Lord Jagannaths title jagat means universe & nath means grasp) quarantines himself when he falls sick,” Bagchi stated.
Bhaskar Mishra, a researcher in Shree Jagannath tradition, stated the sibling deities additionally take ayurvedic medicines to get well from the sickness.
Due to this fact, the individuals who endure from any illness needs to be administered drugs for fast restoration as a substitute of leaving it on the mercy of God.
“There isn’t any such report since when the apply of Lords quarantine, referred to as ‘Anasar’ ritual, is being practiced within the temple.
But it surely has been occurring for ages, giving a message to the human race to take the sickness significantly,” Mitra stated.
By the way, the Lords ‘Chaka Bije Niti’, a ritual marking an enchancment within the situation of the sibling deities, is being held within the Temple on Sunday on the event of Dasami Tithi.
On this ritual, the deities are positioned on three wheels together with Lord Sudarshan and Madhab, stated Sarat Mohanty, a servitor-cum researcher within the Jagannath tradition and custom.
As per the rituals, the deities are provided “Chakata” and “Pana Bhoga” (ORS like prasad to beat dehydration).
Mohanty says that in the course of the Lords keep in Anasar (quarantine), some rituals are carried out by some chosen servitors within the closed room.
A particular oil referred to as phuluri tel is utilized to the deities and for the entire restoration of the deities, “Raj Baidyas” (royal medical doctors) put together a particular natural drugs.
This drugs can be provided to the Lords on “Ekadasi Tithi” on Monday.
After this ritual, the deities are believed to be fully cured, Mohanty stated.
Pratihari Sevaka, a particular servitor within the temple, Surya Narayan Gochhikar, stated that the ailing deities are provided solely fruits and water, combined with cheese and “Dasamula” (natural) medicines whereas Daitapati Sevayats carry out secret rituals to remedy them.
He stated that the deities fully get well from sickness after a two-week-long natural remedy following which they’re prepared for the annual Rath Yatra, which falls on July 12 this yr.
When the deities stay in “Anasar Ghar”, the devotees are allowed to have darshan of “Patti Dians”,(representatives of the Lords in patachitra portray).
Earlier than going out for the Rath Yatra, the deities are given a touch-up and given a recent look simply as an individual does after recovering from an sickness, Mohanty stated.