Niladri Bije: Return of Lord Jagannath into the temple

Niladri bije is the ceremony of Lord Jagannath’s return with his siblings from the Raths to the main temple in Goti Pahandi. Among all the rituals of Jagannath Rath Yatra, the most interesting and last one seems to be Niladri bije. Got Pahandi is the procession of trinity from the chariots to Ratna singhasana.

Niladri Bije 2022 Date: Tuesday, 12 July

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Why Lord Jagannath is not allowed to enter into the temple?

This is really interesting as it is all about the continuation of the fight between Lord Jagannath and Goddess Laxmi. Lord Balabhadra and Subhadra enter the temple after they return from the vacation, but Goddess Lakshmi did not allow Lord Jagannath to enter the temple. A fight happens between Lord Jagannath and Laxmi in front of the temple. Goddess Laxmi was angry with him; as he did not take her along for the vacation to his aunt’s place. He had also closed the door when the Goddess had come to meet him. The angry Laxmi didn’t want him to enter the Puri temple as he had disrespected her.

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How does Lord Jagannath please Goddess Lakshmi to get entry into the Temple?

Even after a lot of requests, Lord Jagannath was not allowed to enter the Jagannath mandir premises. After he offered Rasgulla to Goddess Laxmi; an Oriya sweet made of curd cheese. She calmed down and accepted his apology and allowed him to enter the Puri temple. This auspicious day, Niladri bije also famous as Rasgulla day in Odisha.

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Here ends the enormous car festival of the Gods- Jagannath Rath Yatra. This is a significant event in the entire state; witnessed by numerous tourists both foreigners and Indians. During the rath yatra, Puri is colored in the most vivid hues of sheer, joy & enjoyment and flocked with devotees; who wish to pay their honor to the deities and seek their blessings.


  1. I have heard about this temple a lot, but I don’t know the reason why Lord Jagannath was not allowed to enter in to the temple. You guys have explained the reason behind it very well. Really helpful!!


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