Lakhs witness Lord Jagannath`s bathing ritual
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 23:27
  
Puri: Braving heavy downpour, lakhs of devotees on Wednesday witnessed Lord Jagannath's ceremonial bathing ritual known as 'Devasnan' held on the full moon day of the Oriya month of Jestha in the run up to the annual 'Rath Yatra' on July 3.

Lord Jagannath, His elder brother Lord Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra, were taken out of the sanctum santcorum to 'Snan Mandap' (bathing pandal) in a spectacular procession. Priests poured 108 pitchers of aromatic water on the deities.

A special set of rituals were performed as the Devasnana Purnima this time coincided with the lunar eclipse. Gajapati King of Puri Dibya Singha Dev performed 'Chherapahanra' (sweeping with a golden broom) around the deities on the bathing altar.

After the bathing rituals, the deities were dressed in 'elephant attire' popularly called Gajanana Vesha.

The day is also observed as the birthday of Lord Jagannath as King Indradyumna had established the temple on this day. The deities would be taken back to the temple in the night, said Laxmidhar Pujapanda, an official of Sri Jagannath Temple Administration.

Above 40 platoons (1200 personnel) of Orissa police along with Rapid Action Force, bomb squad and other security personnel were deployed on the occasion.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 23:27


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