Nabakalebar festival

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Commemorative coins in denominations of ₹10 and ₹1000 have been released on Lord Jagannath’s Nabakalebara festival.

FACTS FOR PRELIMS

The Nabakalebara is an ancient ritual associated with most of the Jagannath Temples when the Idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshan are replaced by a new set of Idols.

A year with an extra Ashadhamasa/month as per Hindu Calendar is considered auspicious for conducting the ceremony. This usually occurs every twelve to nineteen years.

The Deities are made from a special type of Neem wood known as DaruBramha.

The most recent ceremony was in 2015, following the 1996 ceremony.

This festival is celebrated at the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa.

SOURCE – THE HINDU.