He will be returning after staying for nine days in Mausi badi, a ritual being followed for years. Devotees see off his rath with great celebrations and welcome his return with the same spirit and devotion.
According to pandits, Lord Jagannath will leave Mausi Badi on his chariot with brother Balram and sister Subhadra at 2 p.m. today.
The process will start with the chanting of Lord Vishnu’s name a 1,000 times and recital of Gita shlokas, following which an ‘aarti’ will be performed to start his journey back home.
Preparations have been completed at Jagannath temple for his return, where a special puja will be done to welcome the Lord.