Madhyahna Dhupa or Dwipahara Dhupa is the third food offering to the deities following Gopal Ballav Bhoga and Sakala Dhupa. Like Sakala Dhupa, cooked food is worshiped before the deities during the Madhyahna Dhupa. It literally means the mid-day food offering.
The prescribed time for Madhyahna Dhupa is around 1PM. The rituals during Madhyahna Dhupa are similar to that of Sakala Dhupa. Three Pujapanda sevayats perform the Bhoga puja of Madhyahna Dhupa with Sodasa Upachara, which means that this worship has 16 aspects. Madhyahna Dhupa is offered inside the Garbhagruha or inner sanctum of the temple.
The food offerings include Kanika(sweet rice) khechudi, Dal, vegetable curries like Besara, Mahura, Saga, fried vegetables etc. Besides various types of cakes (pitha) like Kanti, Mathapuli, Hansapuli, Arisa, Bada Kakara, Pheni and jhili etc are offered to the deities.
A portion of this Bhoga is then offered to Goddess Bimala. Then only it becomes Mahaprasad. Madhyahna Dhupa is followed by an Alati or Arati.