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Devotees throng Puri to witness Snan Purnima ritual of Trinity




 Few lakh devotees today thronged Puri to witness the Snan Purnima rituals of the Trinity – Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath – on the Snan Mandap inside the Shree Mandir premises.

Since early in the morning the Grand Road ‘Badadanda’ was flocked by the devotees who made serpentine queues to reach closer to the deities for a glimpse on the occasion.

          The servitors carried the deities in ‘pahandi’ one after the other to the Snan Bedi for the ritual where holy water from the temple well was poured on them.

          While 35 pots of holy water showered on Lord Jagannath, the servitors bathed Lord Balabhadra with 33 pots and Devi Subhadra with 22 pots.

          The servitors readied the deities adorning them with traditional attires before the Pahadi, performed the Aalati as part of the Abakash Niti amid tight security arrangement in and around the Temple for smooth conduct of the festival which marks the beginning of the famous Ratha Jatra festivities scheduled on June 25.

Several devotees were dressed up as dancers while several others donned attires of mythological characters to express their devotion to the Lords.

The Pahandi of the ‘Chaturdha Murti’ was smooth. The Trinity were brought one by one by the temple servitors in dhadi pahandi to the ‘Snana Bedi’ after Lord Sudarsan.

The Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingh Deb performed Chhera Pahanra near the Snan Bedi before the deities were brought there.

The District Administration and Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) had made elaborate arrangement for smooth conduct of the festival.

As many as 45 platoons of police were deployed to maintain law and order while six CCTV cameras maintained a hawk’s eye on the proceedings.

Shankaracharya of Goverdhan Peeth Swami Nischalanand Saraswati offer obeisance to the Trinity on the Snan Mandap when the rituals were over.

However, no one was allowed to touch the deities as part of an Orissa High Court directive and the SJTA had made about it clear since yesterday.

The deities donned the Gajanan Besha after the bathing rituals were over where the devotees offered their obeisance.

They were carried to the Anasar Ghar late in the night where they shall remain for nearly two weeks and ‘treated’ by servitor ‘Baidyas’ for fever. 

With Lord Jagannath and siblings shifted to the Anasara Ghara from the Ratna Singhasan in the sanctum sanctorum of Sree Mandir devotees have started making beelines to Alarnath temple in Brahmagiri of Puri district.

          During this period, Lord Krishna is worshiped as Lord Alarnath.






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