Gahana Vije

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Gahana Vije, (Odia: ଗହନ ବିଜେ) is the ceremonial visit which is done by once in a generation of Gajapati Queens of Odisha where they do special Puja to Lord Jagannatha.


The ceremony includes many restrictions inside the Jagannath Temple, Puri. The queen can have darshan of the Lord as much as she can but she can perform ritual only once in her lifetime [1] At that time, all the aged priests and public should vacate the temple,[2] and only one Brahmin boy and two Brahmin married ladies should accompany the queen to the Sanctum sanctorum.[3] Then all other princely states of Odisha are invited to be present in Puri. The queen comes in a closed palanquin so that no body can witness her. Processions and martial arts are also performed before the palanquin. After coming to temple, all the gates are closed and queen makes special Puja to the sibling deities. Finally she is accompanied by His Highness Gajapati Maharaja to the Royal Palace.


Last time in 2007 the present queen of Gajapati Shri Divyasingha Deva, Shrimati Leelavati Pattamahadevi at the age of 51 came for such Gahana vije. In 1966 her mother-in-law Shrimati Suryamani Pattamahadevi had her gahana vije on 26 October 1966. and on 18 September 1933 the then queen Chandramani Pattamahadei had visited the temple in gahana vije.[4]


  1. ^ "Puri queen offers special puja in Jagannath temple - Oneindia News". 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2013. gahan Bijehad given the women the power for once the right of the servitor to worship the deities. 
  2. ^ "I can walk and not take the palanquin' - Times Of India". 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2013. As per tradition, nobody should be in the temple when she visits it for Gahana Bije 
  3. ^ Barik, Satyasundar (2007). "The Hindu : Other States / Orissa News : Queen makes private visit to Puri temple". Retrieved 13 January 2013. The queen, helped by a boy priest and two married Brahmin women, performed the special puja 
  4. ^ "Maharani of Puri undertakes ritual after 40 years". 2007. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013. A ‘Gahana Bije’ was also held on September 18, 1933 when Chandramani Pattamahadei, wife of the then maharaja ram Chandra Deb visited the temple for the first time