Context: Commemorative coins in denominations of ₹10 and ₹1000 have been released on Lord Jagannath’s Nabakalebar festival.
About Nabakalebar festival:
- The Nabakalebara is an ancient ritual associated with most of the Jagannath Temples when the Idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshan are replaced by a new set of Idols.
- A year with an extra Ashadha masa/month as per Hindu Calendar is considered auspicious for conducting the ceremony. This usually occurs every twelve to nineteen years.
- The Deities are made from a special type of Neem wood known as Daru Bramha.
- The most recent ceremony was in 2015, following the 1996 ceremony.
- This festival is celebrated at the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa.