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New Commemorative Coin on “Sri JagannathNabakalebar- 2015”

January 6, 2016 Published by admin

New Commemorative Coin on “Sri JagannathNabakalebar- 2015”

Sri JagannathNabakalebar

Sri Jagannath Nabakaleb

Government of India is very soon going to release coins to commemorate Sri Jagannath Nabakalebar festival, the event which occurs once in 19 years. The Denomination of coins is Rupees 1000 and Rupees 10. Proof and UNC sets will be issued for the collectors from the Indian Government mint. These will be available at a premium price determined by mint for pre- booking. The five Rupees coin will be issued for general circulation.

 

 Sri Jagannath Nabakalebar festival 2015

Sri Jagannath Nabakalebar festival 2015

 

About Sri Jagannath Nabakalebar Festival :

Nabakalebar is a festival observed in the Shri Jagannath Temple in Puri (Odisha) where Lord Jagannath adorns a new body during Nabakalebar.

The Nabakalebar is a combination of two words-Naba(New) and Kalebara(body) meaning ‘Newbody’.

This festival marks the re-embodiment of the deities when they relinquish their old bodies and adorns a new one with the soul-substance remaining the same.

The bodies of the deities at the Shri Jagannath Puri have been fabricated out of the wood of the Neem tree, which is subjected to decay after a certain period and needs replacement.

The new body change-over ceremony takes place only when there are two Ashadhas called as Purusottam month or the month of Ashadha in which there are two full moons, which usually occurs every twelve to nineteen years.

The festival was celebrated in past in the years 1912, 1931, 1950, 1969, 1977, 1996 and now in 2015.

The soul is transferred from the old idols to their new bodies in a highly technical and conspicuous manner, prescribed and inherited from generations by the Daitas and the Rakshaks.

In 2015 the Nabakalebar is being held for a period starting with BanajagaYatra from 29 March 2015 and ending with Niladribije on 30 July as per schedule announced by the temple.

The First step of the Nabakalebar, starts with the BanajagaJatra, strenous ritual to appease MaaMangala for hints of the sacred Daru Brahma.

After the Daru Brahma is identified and approved, there are several rituals that grace these ceremonies are Daru Brahma Pujanam, Daru Brahma Snanam and Ankuraropana.

The Daru Brahma are cut first with a golden axe, then with a silver axe and ultimately with an iron axe to size and brought to the temple.

In KoiliBaikuntha, the skilled carpenters called Visvakarma fashion the wooden images under the strict supervision and guidance of the Daitas.

After the images are carved out, these are taken inside the temple and the Brahma is transferred from the old images to the new images. The old images are buried in KoiliBaikuntha.

The new images are painted and made ready for worship.

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Details of coins:

Mint     : India Government Mint, Kolkata (A Unit of Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India Ltd.)

Denomination: Rs.1000

Weight                         : 35 gms

Shape                         : Circular

Size diameter  : 44 mm

Composition    : Quaternary alloy: Silver 50 %, Copper 40 %, Nickel 5 % & Zinc 5 %

 

Denomination  : Rs.10 (Bi-metallic)

Weight                         : 7.71gms

Shape                          : Circular

Size dia           : 27 mm

Composition    : Outer ring metal composition:Aluminium Bronze (Copper- 92%, Aluminium- 6%, Nickel- 2%),

                        Centre piece metal composition:Cupro Nickel (Copper- 75%, Nickel- 25%)