There are five Murtis (or idols) that are worshiped in the Puri Jagannath Temple. The main murti is worshiped in the Ratnavedi while the other murtis are Patitapaban Jagannath, Tirtheswar of Puri, Neelamadhab and Bata Jagannath
#KnowTheRituals 'Abakasha Niti' symbolizes one of the the morning ablution rituals of the deities. Like for any human beings, it includes brushing of teeth, scraping tongues and bath etc. The deities wearing tadapa and utterias perform these. About fifteen sebayatas (Bhitarchha mohapatra, Palia pushpalakas, Suarabadu, Padhiari, Paniapatra, Mukhapakhatia, Khatulisebaka, Darpania, Amla ghantuari, Mahabhoi, Bhandra mekapa and Khurinayak etc) are involved in these rituals.
The most important early morning niti is Mangala arati. (worship with camphor and lamp). Bhitarchu mohapatra performs arati for Jagannatha while the two Pushpalaks perform arati for Balabhadra and Subhadra.
Exclusive pictures of #NabakalebaraRathaJatra- 'Pahandi of Lord Jagannath': The Pahandi of Lord Jagannath is the most colourful show of the Ratha Jatra in which the idol is held tightly in the arms by Daitapatis. The idol is pulled from behind and the front alternatively with the ropes tied firmly to his body. The deity is made to jump from place to place and advanced to his charoit NandiGhosa.