Monday 22 April 2013

Shri Jagannath Mahaprabhu Nabakalebar Festival 2015, Jagannath Temple: Puri, Odhisa, India

Meaning of Nabakalebar:
The term NABAKALEBAR is derived from Sanskrit Language that "Naba" means "New" and "Kalebar" means "Body", which means "NEW BODY". Lord Jagannath's Nabakalebar Festival means "Formation of New Idols of Deities i.e. replacing of Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Goddess Subhadra Devi with New Idols in Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri. The deities in the Temple are made from log of Neem woods known as "Daru Brahma"

When do celebrate Nabakalebar Festival in Shri Jagnnath Temple, Puri
It is being celebrated when one Lunar Month of Ashada(June/July) is followed by another Lunar Month of Aashada[Adhika Masa(extra month)] in a calendar year, the deities change their bodies during the leap month. This combination usually occurs for every 12 to 19 years. In the past, this festival was celebrated in the years 1950, 1969, 1977 and 1996. Last Nabakalebar festival was celebrated in 1996. More than 10 lakh pilgrims gathered during festival.

Upcoming Nabakalebar Festival Date:
Next Nabakalebar Festival will be celebrated in the month of Ashada(July/August) at Puri in 2015
On this occassion, "Ratha Yatra 2015" is named as "Nabakalebar Ratha Yatra 2015". It is expected that 50 lakh people will be congregated during the upcoming festival. After Maha Kumbh Mela held in India, the second World's largest religious congregation is Nabakalebar Festival.

Shree Jagannath Mahaprabhu Temple Address, Puri: 
Shri Jagannath Mahaprabhu Mandir,
Puri, Odisha State,
Shri Jagannath Temple contact numbers: 06752-222002/252900 and 06752-2521009(fax)
The Temple official website: