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Anla Nabami and Radha Pada Darshana (ଅଁଳା ନବମୀ ଓ ରାଧାପାଦ ଦର୍ଶନ)

Anla Nabami and Radha Pada Darshana (ଅଁଳା ନବମୀ ଓ ରାଧାପାଦ ଦର୍ଶନ)

Anla Nabami (ଅଁଳା ନବମୀ) is a festival celebrated on the 9th day of Kartika Shukla Paksha. To have a glimpse of the feet of Shree Radharani, worshippers flocked to the Sakhi Gopinath Temple at Sakhigopal, Puri on this day.

The feet of Radharani usually keep hidden every day throughout the year by her clothes, but on this day, she took the Odiani Besha and devotees could see her feet. And Lord Gopinath (Krishna) is dressed with Natabara Besha.

Significance of Radha Pada Darshan:

Radharani is the one who cured Lord Krishna by giving the dust from her foot in Dwapar Yug. During the month of Kartika, people use to see those feet of Radharani to overcome from all sins they did in life. So, Radha Pada Darshan is an important festival in Odisha.

Significance of Anla Navami:

There are lots of legends about the appearance of the Anla tree (Phyllanthus emblica). Here is one that relates to this day.

Once Maa Laxmi was roaming on earth and she decided to worship lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva at the same time. Devarshi Narad advised her to worship both of them near the Anla tree instead of the Bel or Tulsi tree.

Anla Pujan on Anla Nabami

That day, Mahalaxmi worshiped both there and served food by cooking near the Anla tree. That's why on Anla Nabami, women are worshiping Lord Bishnu and Shiba near the Anla tree and offer prasad by cooking under the Anla tree.

N.B.: This blog is written by Sangram Keshari Senapati and the Photographs are taken from Pratyusini Jena and the YouTube Channel of Odisha Bytes.

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