Hera Panchami is a unique festival at the Gundicha Temple. . It is observed at the gundicha temple.Hera means to ‘see’ and Panchami means the ‘fifth day’ .on Hera Panchami day Goddess Lakshmi travels to the
to see Lord Jagannath. The visit of Goddess Lakshmi
takes place five days after the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra. Gundicha temple
Hera Panchami is a domestic affair of the divine couple - Vishnu and Lakshmi.
During the Puri Rath Yatra, the chariots (Ratha) carrying Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are pulled from the
Puri Jagannath Temple to the , here the deities visit their aunt. Lord Jagannath
wear Green color, lord Balabhadra wear Yellow color and Goddess Subhadra wear red color Clothes. Gundicha Temple
Once the chariot arrives a little damage is caused to the chariot of Lord Jagannath to signify Goddess Laxmi’s anger on the lord for leaving her alone in the temple. This event is watched with great fun and excitement by the devotees. After the event, the Goddess is brought back to her temple via Hera Gouri Sahi.
The popular belief is that Lord Jagannath had promised his wife Goddess Lakshmi that He will return the next day. But Lord Jagannath does not return the next day. Goddess Lakshmi waits and waits and finally on the fifth day she goes to Gundicha Temple on a palanquin and sees the Ratha of Lord Jagannath outside Gundicha Temple.