Damanaka Chaturdasi

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As per mythological anecdotes, Lord Jagannath had forcibly collected Dayana leaves from the Nandana garden of Lord Indra and had worn them in his hands. This festival of Lord Jagannath  is observed in memory of the said incident. The representative deities like Lord Rama and Lord Krushna are taken in a procession to the celebrated garden of the Jagannath Ballabha Matha, where the deities pick up their dear Dayana leaves unnoticed by anybody and on the 14th day the leaves are offered to the deities. This is also known as Damanaka Chaturdasi.

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