Thursday, June 30, 2016

Phooluri (Phuluri) Care of Lord Shree Jagannath, Balabhadra, Maa Shubhadra at the Time of Anbasara

Phooluri or Phuluri Seva or care is a special ritual practiced in the Jagannath Temple of Odissa. This is done after the Snana Yatra episode during which the deities are brought out for bath only once in a year. After the deities are bathed with lots of water they fall sick and retire in the rest room. This period is known as the Anbasara period. During this time no one is allowed inside the room other than the sevaits of the deities. The ailing deities Lord Jagannath, Balavadra, Subhadra and Sudarshan are confined inside the Anbasara Ghara. They suffer from fever during this period.

The Daitapatis are the only people allowed inside the room during this period. They are the ones who serve the lords and are allowed to stay close to the gods. They practice the ritual Phooluri seva which is done each year during the fever period of the gods. This ritual was first introduced by Atibadi Jagannath Das who was the autor of Srimad Bhagabat. He was a contemporary of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. This ritual holds lot of significance among the followers and devotees.

Lord Shree Jagannath, Balabhadra, Maa Shubhadra
Phooluri seva or care cannot be provided without sesame oil. This oil is provided by Odiya Math which was established by Jagannath Dash. The ingredients of Phooluri oil include 4kgs of pure sesame oil, Bena roots, fragrant flowers like Jai, Malli and Jui. The oil smells beautiful and the mixture is left in an earthen pot. The pot is sealed with earthen clay and stored underground since Hera Panchami to Anabasara. A saint of Odiya Math is sent to fetch the pot from underground and the Daitapatis apply the oil on the body of the deities. There are approximately 165 Daitapatis in service of the Lord and his family. The ritual is a significant one. 

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