Panchkoshi Mela: Lord Rama’s Sacred Feast of Litti-Chokha

Today marks the final day of the revered Panchkoshi Mela in the district. On this auspicious occasion, every household prepares and offers the traditional delicacy, Litti-Chokha. Rooted in the ancient legends of the Ramayana, this festival holds special significance as it is believed that Lord Rama himself was the first to be served with Litti-Chokha.

A Treasured Tradition

The tradition of making and sharing Litti-Chokha on the last day of the Panchkoshi Mela is considered highly auspicious in Bakshar. Even ministers and legislators participate in this heartwarming custom, symbolizing unity and devotion.

The Divine Avatars

Within our scriptures, we find mention of various incarnations of God, with twenty-four being particularly well-known. Among these, Lord Rama and Lord Krishna stand out as prominent and beloved figures. Their stories resonate in the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Shastras, and other sacred texts.

The incarnations of God serve multiple purposes, yet their love and compassion for their devotees remain unshakable.

Lord Rama’s Avatar

The incarnation of Lord Rama was extraordinary and multifaceted. He manifested in four forms, encompassing his limbs, at the time of Dashratha and Kaushalya’s conception in response to the prayers of Manu and Shatarupa.

Later, along with his devoted younger brother Lakshman, Lord Rama visited the yajna conducted by Sage Vishwamitra at Siddhashram Bakshar. Upon completing the yajna, they graciously accepted the hospitality of the saints residing there.

The Sacred Panchkoshi Pilgrimage

Ever since that time, the circumambulation of Panchkoshi Siddhashram has become a revered custom that endures to this day and will continue into the future.

The pilgrimage commences on the fifth day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Agahan and concludes on the ninth day. It encompasses various stops that hold great significance in Hindu mythology.

The first stop is Ahirauli, where Gautama rescued his wife Ahalya. The second stop is the village of Nadauw, associated with the residence of the revered sage, Naradaji, and the holy Narad Kund.

The third stop is Bhbhavar, home to Bhrigu Ji’s ashram. The fourth stop takes pilgrims to the Uddalak Ji ashram at Nuwan village.

The Sacred Feast of Litti-Chokha

The sixth and final stop of the pilgrimage leads to the Charitra forest, where the sacred Litti-Chokha is served. This delicious offering carries deep spiritual significance and symbolizes Lord Rama’s connection to the festival.

Embracing the Panchkoshi Mela

Devotees partake in the Panchkoshi Mela with utmost devotion, exclaiming chants like:

  • “My beloved, do not forget Panchkoshi’s Litti-Chokha.”
  • “I am going on the Panchkoshi pilgrimage.”
  • “Put on your Ayini for the Panchkoshi pilgrimage.”
  • “Follow the path of the Panchkoshi pilgrimage to Siddhashram Bakshar.”
  • “Arrived with Lord Raghunath and Vishwamitra Ji, who gave their blessings.”
  • “With the help of the Munni Gan Sanaath and their protective asuras, complete the Yajna.”
  • “May we correctly direct our self-interest towards the ultimate objective.”

A Timeless Tradition of Faith

The Panchkoshi Mela serves as a beautiful testament to the unyielding faith of the devotees in Lord Rama and other divine beings. It unites communities, fosters devotion, and upholds the rich cultural heritage passed down through generations.

As we celebrate this sacred festival, let us cherish the spirit of togetherness and reverence for the divine, ensuring that this cherished tradition continues to thrive in the hearts of people for years to come.

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