Four Idols on Adapa Mandap
Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015
Shree Jeeus (Four idols): Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath, Maa Subhadra and Sri Sudarshan) cover a distance of about 2 Kilometers from Shreemandir to Gundicha Mandir(Gundicha Temple) during the 'Ratha Yatra'(Chariot Festival) where they stay for all the days till 'Bahuda Yatra'(Return Chariot Festival).
King Indradyumna had constructed an altar, followed by fire sacrifice, in the Gundicha Temple which is called 'Janma Vedi' or 'Maha Vedi' (Sacrifice Altar). It is said that carving of the wooden idols had been made here for the first time when it was started and so thus the altar is also named as 'Janma Vedi' or 'Janaka Vedi' (Birth Altar). King Indradyumna had established Lord Nrusingha here, performing a mega fire sacrifice. So, this shrine is also famous as 'Nrushingha Kshetra'. This place is very familiar to the devotees and is also called 'Adap Mandap'. The Triad along with Sri Sudarshan stay here for 9 days long Chariot Festival.
Gundicha Temple is associated with a good number of folk-tales and popular stories. The temple is said to be named after Gundicha Devi, the queen of King Indradyumna.
Gundicha Temple is situated towards the end of Badadanda. The main temple is of about 75 feet. There are Jagamohan, Nata Mandap and Bhoga Mandap, surrounded by a huge wall. The Mandir Bedha(Temple area) has a length of 430 feet and width of 320 feet. The entrance is called Lion's Gate or 'Singhadwara'. The deities have their way on this entrance to the temple and are seated on a pedestal. Like 'Ratna Vedi'(Jeweled Throne) in Shree Mandir, this pedestal is named as 'Adapa Mandap'. Adapa means pomp and enjoyment. So this pedestal provides pomp and enjoyment for the deities, an alternative to their own house i.e. Shreemandir.
There is a door towards the eastern direction of the 'Singhadwar' and it is called 'Nakachana Dwar', through which the deities will have their exit from the temple to ascend the chariots on the occasion of 'Bahuda Yatra'. Kitchen rooms are on the both sides of the temple. The bathing ritual of the deities during their stay in this temple is called 'Jatrangi Mahasnana'.
It is believed that a devotee will fetch more piety and purification with a darshan here, than those fetched during the whole year by 'Darshan' of the Jeeus in 'Shreemandir'.
Source :I & PR Department