The neta (flag) put atop Lord Jagannath’s chariot Nandighosha snapped and fell on the ground while the pahandi of the deities during the Rath Yatra festival in Odisha’s Puri was underway.This is said to be an unexpected happening.The unprecedented incident has hurt the sentiments of devotees and servitors .The flag was spotted by a servitor on the ground and was put back in place.
The flag was found by servitor Dinabandhu Pujapanda. He expressed -“I found the neta fastened atop Lord Jagannath’s Nandighosha chariot on the ground. It could be a caution or sign for something bad to happen in future,”.
This incident is first of its kind & has never happened earlier. May God save us from troubles.Lord Hanuman’s loincloth (langot) is tied to the chariot. Hanuman protects the chariot, he added.
As per the ‘Ratha Pratistha’ ritual in the morning,the flag was set up atop Nandighosha. However, it got separated from its position minutes after tying it, possibly due to strong windflow.
The servitors and the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration are responsible for the embarrassing incident.