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Lakhs of Devotees throng Puri to witness Deva-snana Purnima
By Our correspondent  Published on: 03-Jun-2012 10:30:40
Place: Puri
 
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Puri (Odisha): Lakhs of devotees throng to the pilgrim city puri to witness debasnana purnima of presiding Deities – Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra today.

Lakhs of Devotees throng Puri to witness Deva-snana Purnima

The district and temple administration made elaborate arrangements. Heavy police personnel have been deployed in the city and temple premises to avoid any unwanted situation.

The deities will be escorted out of the sanctum sanctorum in a ceremonial pahandi procession to the snana vedi (bathing altar) located on the outer temple complex facing the East, where the deities will be bathed with 108 pitchers of aromatic water by the servitors.

Following this, the deities will be dressed in ‘elephant attire’ popularly called Haati Vesha. The devotees then can have darshan from outside the temple as the raised altar gives full view of the deities.

Each year on Snana Purnima (full moon day) of the Hindu month of Jyeshtha, this bathing festival is celebrated. It is an important festival ahead of the Puri Rath yatra.

This is the first occasion in the year as per the Hindu calendar, when the deities Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra, Sudarshan, and Madanmohan are brought out from the Jagannath Temple and taken in a procession to the Snana Bedi. Then they are ceremonially bathed and decorated. After that the devotees can have a darsan and get the blessings of the Lords.

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