Utkal Reporter Bureau
Bhubaneswar| 29 April 2015
Daru for Lord Jagannath Idol has been identified. A Neem tree at Kharipadia in Rghunathpur block of Jagatsingpur district has earned the distinction for the sacred purpose. The official confirmation came on Wednesday after the requisite symptoms in the tree were found satisfied by the leader of the leader of the Banajaga team daitapati Haladhar Dasmohapatra.
With Haladhar Dasmohapatra’s approval Chief of the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration Suresh Mohapatra made the announcement on the Lord Jagannath Daru on Wednesday. With this the search mission of Daru for the four deities has entered into the concluding chapter.
Daru for Sudarshan, Subhadra and Balabhadra have already finalized and are now on the way to Puri with all the traditional rituals.
The Jagatsingpur district administration is delve in the spade work to ensure a smooth conductance of the peripheral rituals for carving out of the Daru from the Neem Tree.
Visualising an enormous wave of devotees to the spot the district administration is making all preparations. District administration has already put up barricades around the neem tree; around six platoons of police have been deployed to manage the crowd, says Jagatsinghpur Collector Satya Kumar Mallick.
Since the Neem tree is located on the river bank and on a narrow space the district administration is making some additional efforts to set up the infrastructure for the rituals and other works.
These rituals during the run up to the Nabakalebar festival in July this year has created a spiritual excitement among the Jagannath devotees all through Odisha and abroad.