‘Deva Snana Purnima’ observed at Jagannath temples in Raipur

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Jun 2018 11:45:38



Staff Reporter


‘Deva Snana Purnima’ also known as ‘Snana Yatra’, an auspicious bathing festival for Lord Jagannath devotees, was observed by odia communities of the city on Thursday. Shri Jagannath Seva Samiti, Gayatri Nagar, founder president Purandar Mishra said that the bathing festival was observed as per custom at Jagannath temple of Gayatri Nagar. Similarly, Shri Jagannath Kalyan Samiti, Kalinga Shri Jagannath Kalyan Samiti and other organisations of Raipur observed the bathing festival with religious fervour.

Deva Snana Purnima is a significant ritual just prior to the world renowned Rath Yatra of the Jagannath Temple, in Puri.
Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra are worshipped with full devotion and dedication. Some even observe this festival as the birthday of Lord Jagannath.
On the day of ‘Jyeshtha Purnima’, the idols are taken from the ‘Ratnasimhasan’ of the temple, early in the morning and brought to the ‘Snana Bedi’ or the Bathing altar. This procession is called as ‘Pahandi’ procession that is bought alive with the sounds of chanting mantras and beat of ghantas, drums, bugles and cymbals.

The water used for bathing the deities is taken from the well, present inside the Jagannath temple. After the completion of the bathing ceremony, the deities are then dressed up in ‘Sada Besha’. Later in the afternoon, the idols of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra are dressed again as ‘Hathi Besha’ (as a form of Lord Ganesha). A special bhog is prepared as offering to the Lord on the day. Again in the evening, the deities appear for ‘Sahanamela’, to enable public viewing. Later during the night, the three main deities retire to the ‘Anasar’ House, located in the temple complex. During the ‘Anasara’ period, the devotees cannot see their Gods. The idols of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra then appear for public viewing only 15 days after, that is, the day just before the famous ‘Rath Yatra’.