A sea of humanity cutting across caste & color erupts every year to witness the World Famous Ratha Yatra at Puri ,the epicenter of the Jagannath cult.
There are many other place in Odisha where the sight of taking the deities in ceremonial cars is observed, Lord Lingaraj of Bhubaneswar during Asokastami .. Devi Biraja of Jajpur during Dussehra Puja festival. But the manner of observance of nine days long ceremony in case of Lord Jagannath is completely enchanting glorifying this tribal God.
To understood & appreciate the cult of Jagannatha with all its social, cultural & spiritual implications is not an easy job. Taking about the temple kitchen which has got the capacity to cook for a lakh of devotees on a day where Mahaprasad is cooked only in earthen pots kept one over the other on an earthen furnace. The steam-cooked food is offered to Lord Jagannath first and then to Goddess Bimala after which it becomes Mahaprasad.
Do you know everyday “Chappan Bhoga”(56 type food) is offered to Lord Jagannath during worship.
There are “sukhila Mahaprasad” like arisa,puli,kakara …,KHAJA also part of the list.
“Khaja” ,this crispy sweet dish is a common sight on the streets of puri. In fact there is a particular area in Puri named after it “Khajapati” where one can get the best variety.
A special thanks to Mom who made these super delicious crunchy bites for me as i am down with fever .. Dedicating this post to my Super MOM