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 Festivals 

   Gau Pooja
 
    According to Hindu Mythology 33 crore Devas stay in sacred cow and is believed that during some period Lord KRISHNA lives with cows and cow-herds and gopis in GAULOK or AKSHARDHAM, the SUPREMELOK among other LOKAS to perform LILA and during that period all outside contacts are stopped.  
 
Those who perform GAU POOJA will find himself welcome in the heaven(GAULOK)( VISHNU-PURAN) and will cross the river VAITARNI.( GARUD-PURAN) .The facility of Gaupooja is made available throughout the year.
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   Jal Yatra
 
    Jalayatra of Lord Jagannath to SABARMATI river comes on the Jyetha Shukala Purnima with a procession and performing the GANGA-POOJAN return with vessels of water for the ABHISHEK to Lord Jagannath. After performing the SHODASHOPACHAR POOJAN VIDHI by chanting the vedic mantras, the Lord is sent to His maternal uncle’s home  
 
( here to be believed at SARASPUR, AHMEDABAD)
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   Rath Yatra
 
    Mahant Shree Narsinhdasji Maharaj had introduced the Rathayatra in the year 1878. Rathayatra is observed on ASHADHA SHUKLA DWITIYA every year. Normally, throughout the year devotees come to the temple for the DARSHAN of Lord Jagannath and on this day, Lord Jagannath Himself goes out to see his devotees especially, to  
 
Disabled who could not visit the temple. After performing the PAHINDVIDHI by the CHIEF MINISTER of Gujarat, the procession is led by 15 to 20 elephants in decorative dress, then followed by TRUCKS decorated with religious floats and then AKHADAVALA’s, with their trained ATHLETS performing aerobatics to please Lord Jagannath. Next in the procession follows disciples with decorative flags of the temple, BHAJAN MANDALI, RAS GARBA, bands and then comes the Holy Trinity on chariots pulled by devotees. The procession halts at Saraspur, where the local people feed the entire entourage of devotees of Lord Jagannath. In the evening the Rathayatra returns to the main temple. This Rathyatra is now celeberated as “LOKOTSAV” of Gujarat..
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   Guru Purnima
 
    Guru Poornima is observed on ASHADH SHUKLA PURNIMA, when thousands of devotees come seeking guidance and blessing from their GURU .  
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   Hindol Darshan
 
    This start from Shravan Shukla Tritiya and continues till the full moon day. The background of this festival is that, on Rathayatra day Lord JAGANNATH had taken his sister Goddess SUBHADRA with him, which had annoyed his consort Goddess RUKHAMANI (Lakshmiji). Thus is Lakshmi pacified.  
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   Janmashtami
 
    (Birth day of Lord Jagannath) : Janmashtami comes on Shravan krishna Ashtmi, which is celebrated by SHODASHOPACHAR POOJA VIDHI, bhajan and distribution of PRASAD etc.,  
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   Rudra Abhishek
 
   
  Rudra Abhishek is performed throughout the month of Shravan and on the New Moon Day 1,25,000 clay SHIVA LINGS are worshipped. This is known as the "PARTHIV POOJA".  
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   Dasera
 
 
 
 
 
   Diwali
 
    Diwali is observed on the last day of ASHWIN KRISHNA AMAVASYA. On that day the temple is decorated with flowers,candles & lights, followed by the VIKRAMSAMVAT , NEW YEAR day on the KARTIK SHUKLA EKAVASYA, when thousands of devotees come for darshan of Lord Jagannath with Prasad of Sweets. On this day Lord Jagannath is offered 56 BHOG in the form of ANNA KUTA.  
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   Nutanvarsh Chhappanbhog
 
 
 
   Utrayan
 
    Tulsi Vivah is performed on KARTIK SHUKLA EKADASHI and then comes DEVDIWALI on KARTIKPURNIMA.  
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   Vasant Panchami
 
    Vasant Panchami is celebrated on MAGH SHUKL PANCHAMI with performing SHARDA-POOJAN.  
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   Shivratri
 
    It is celebrated on Magha Shukla Trayodashi every year by performing RUDRA-ABHISHEK.  
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   Holi-Dhuleti
 
    Holika dahan is celebrated on full moon day of PHALGUN and on next day Dhuleti with different colours.  
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   Ramnavami
 
 
  Lord RAMA's birth day is celebrated on CHAITRA SHUKLA NAVAMI by offering Poojan Archan & arranging Sunder Kanda Path.  
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   Akshya Tritiya
 
    It comes on 3rd day of bright fortnight VAISHAKH. From this day onwards the construction and repairing of chariot of the Lords for the famous CAR FESTIVAL (RATHYATRA) starts.  
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