Puri: The famous Deba Snana Purnima of Lord Jagannath and his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra begins today in the Srimandir premises in Puri.
Reportedly, the devotees will be able to visit for darshan of the holy deities on ‘snana bedi’ after two long years of Covid pandemic. Lakhs of devotees will congregate at Puri ‘bada danda’ today.
Following are the schedule for Snana Purnima in Puri:
- Mangalarpana at 3.30 am
- Dora lagi and Pahandi ritual at 4.06 am
- Mangala alati at 6.30 am
- Tadapalagi ritual at 7 am
- Abakasa niti at 8 am
- Surya puja at 9 am
- Chhera Panhara on the Snana Mandap at 12.15 pm
- Hati besha from 12.30 pm to 2.10 pm
- Bahuda pahandi from 10 pm 1 am
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It is noteworthy that the Snana Yatra is an annual bathing festival of deities celebrated on the Purnima (full moon day) of the Hindu month of Jyeshtha.
On the eve of the auspicious occasion of Snana Yatra, the idols of the deities are brought out from the Garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) to the Snana Bedi following the ritual of Pahandi.
The deities are bathed with 108 pots of ritually purified water drawn from the northern well of the temple to the accompaniment of religious incantations.
After the Snana Yatra rituals are performed, the Gods are traditionally believed to fall ill and are kept in Anasara Ghara.
During this period, three Pata Chitra paintings are displayed for devotees for darshan. It is traditionally believed that the ayurvedic medication (‘pnachan’) administered by the Raj Vaidya following which the Gods recover in a fortnight.