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December 1, 2019

Today is the festival of Oḍāna-ṣaṣṭhī. This tithī marks the beginning of winter outfit (warm cloth) offered to Jagannātha Deva. Regardless of when the weather actually turns cold, Jagannātha is offered a winter covering only from this tithī onwards, even if winter begins before this tithī. Consequently, on Vasanta Pañcamī, they stop offering Him winter covering even if cold weather persists. This kind of service is based on nīti. SERVICE BASED ON RULES VS. SERVICE BASED ON AFFECTION Service is of two types – one is based on nīti (rules) and the other is based on prīti (affection). Onc...

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