Ghanalagi Thursday, Jul 02, 2015

Ghanalagi’ is principal activity of ‘Saptabarana’ (Seven coverings) ritual. It is a very strenuous activity which is performed during ‘Mahaanabasara’ (Hibernation) ritual, especially towards the final phase. In this activity, the Trinity are treated with very long and thick ‘Pata dora’ (Silken rope) which are firmly tied around the body of Idols. As a ‘Ghana’ (Expeller for grinding oil seeds) moves, the silken ropes are moved around the body of the deities. ‘Ghanalagi’ is performed in 13th day of dark fortnight in the month of Ashadha. Some of the senior ‘Daitapatis’ (servitors) are entrusted with this assignment.

‘Patara Sebak’ (a particular category of servitors) prepares the silken rope to be utilized in ‘Ghanalagi’. Usually two nos. of bigger ropes of near about 10 meters long and 3 nos. of ropes of near about 5 meters long are brought. One big and one small rope are used for the idol of Shree Jagannath. Similarly, two ropes are used for the idol of Shree Balabhadra while a small rope is meant for Devi Subhadra. The ropes are tightly fastened around the body part, particularly above the navel portion. It is said that these silken ropes are utilized in order to provide security to the ‘Brahma Padartha’ (supreme material), kept in earlier.

The ropes are called ‘Naga-Naguni’ (Cobra and female Cobra), as compared to the snakes. It is said that serpents are very much instrumental to provide care and security to any vulnerable object. Likewise, ‘Brahma Padartha’ (supreme material) remains secured and intact in the bodies of the deities, being watched by serpents.

Many Authors and Scholars have discussed elaborately on ‘Ghanalagi’.

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