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HBD Lord Jagannath

As Hindus across the globe celebrate Snan Purnima, the bathing rituals on the full-moon day of the month of Jyestha (this time on June 5), here is an opportunity to say “Happy Birth Day” to Lord Jagannth.

According to Skanda Purana, King Indradumnya had performed the bathing ritual of “Chaturdha Murti”—Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra, Lord Jagannath and Lord Sudarshan, after their wooden features were made by Viswakrma himself.

 As the wooden idols of the Lords came to the public view on this auspicious occasion, the day is also called as “Deba Snan Purnima, or the public bathing ceremony of the Gods.

 Since Lord Jagannath is worshiped and undergoes all the rituals that the human beings require to follow, He after birth also get cleaned with scented water. Therefore, the day is also considered the Happy Birth Day in the Lord Jagannath forms. It is however, another matter that Lord Vishnu, the almighty, has different forms called Das Avtar (10 forms).

 Since Jagannth is Himself the Maha Vishnu, he is not considered as an Avtar and full in Himself. However, the format of Lord Jagannth came to the earth on this day and therefore, it is considered that the full-moon day of the month of Jyestha is Lord’s birth day.   

 On this day, the deities are bathed by 108 pitchers of water drawn from  a well situated near the Sitala temple in Shree Jagannatha temple premises. The day also according to Odia agriculture calendar marks onset on monsoon.

 For the first time in recent history, Lord Jagannath’s annual “Snan Purnima’ rituals were held in the premises of the 12th century shrine in absence of devotees in wake of the restrictions imposed for the lockdown.

 The sibling deities were carried out of the main temple at about 1.40 am in the night though ‘Pahandi” or procession by selected servitors who had earlier undergone corona test before being allowed to participate in the festival.

 Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra, Lord Jagannath and Lord Sudarshan were seatewd at the bathing altar inside the temple premises where 108 pitchers of scented water was poured on them amid chating of ‘slokas’. The later is called Snana Bedi.

 The water was fetched from a particular well called “suna kua” (golden well) by Garabadu servitors and poured on the deities. While 33 pitchers of water was poured on Lord Balabhadra, it was 35 for Lord Jagannath, 22 for Devi Subhadra and 18 for Lord Sudarshan.

 However, there was absence of chants of “Hari Bol” by devotees who were denied entry into the temple premises. The district administration of Puri and Odisha police ensured that the social distancing is maintained during observance of the bathing rituals.

Devotees were, however, given opportunity to have glimpse of the rituals through live telecast in television.

Later in the day, the lord will undertake “Hati Besha” the elephant attire fulfilling desire of the devotees who worship Lord Ganesha.



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