Sea of Devotees Witness Holy Trinity’s Suna Besha

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Bhubaneswar: As the Holy Trinity’s Bahuda Yatra was completed with devotional fervor on Sunday, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) is conducted the “Suna Besha” (golden attire) of the deities on Monday.

A sea of devotees thronged the pilgrim town to witness the Holy Trinity’s Suna Besha.

As per sources, nearly 138 kinds of gold ornaments, including kiriti, sribhuja, sripahara, kundala and four types of garlands namely baghamali, ghagera, mali and odiani were used for Suna Besha. The deities were adorned with huge limbs made of gold as well as enormous crowns that required around 25 bhandara mekapa servitors (storekeepers) to bring it to the sanctum sanctorum from the store house. Preparations for suna besha started around 3pm on Monday afternoon.

While rituals like Mangala Alati and Mailama-Tadapa Lagi were performed early in the morning, other major rituals of deities -Abakasha, Gopalaballav, Sakala Dhoopa, Mailama, Madhayna Dhoopa and Sandhya Alati were performed before the Suna Besha.

Meanwhile, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and district administration had made elaborate arrangements for smooth conduct of the Suna Besha.

Elaborate security arrangements were put in place to ensure smooth conduct of the ritual by installation of CCTVs and undertaking a 3-tier security system for smooth management of the crowd and traffic management.

The deities would spend one more night on the chariots for Adhar Pana, a special drink. On Tuesday, Lord Jagannath would present ‘rasagollas’ to his consort Mahalaxmi to appease her to open the temple gate. The deities would then be escorted into the sanctum sanctorum of the main temple with the Niladri Bije ritual (return of the deities from the Raths to the Ratna Simhasan).