Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra adorned with Hati Besha at Odisha’s Puri

Bhubaneswar: The presiding deities of Jagannath temple at Odisha’s Puri town were adorned with Hati Besha (elephant attire) on the occasion of Snana Jatra today.

Lord Jagannath and his elder brother Lord Balabhadra were decorated with the Hati Besha soon after they along with Devi Subhadra and Lord Sudarshan were given a ceremonial bath at the Snana Bedi of the 12th century shrine in the afternoon.

Servitors of the shrine decorated the deities with the Hati Besha soon after Gajapati King Dibyasingha Deb performed the Chhera Panhara ritual before the deities at the Snana Bedi.

Thousands of devotees from across the state gathered at Puri to have a glimpse of the elephant attire of the deities.

As per the legend, Lord Jagannath had given darshan as Lord Ganesh to Ganapati Bhatt, a staunch devotee of Lord Vinayaka, on Snana Bedi in the 15th century.

Traditionally, the authorities of Raghab Das and Gopal Tirtha mutts at Puri provide the elephant attire for the Srimandir deities.

As per the belief, the deities catch fever soon after the bathing ritual. The ailing deities are taken to Anasara Gruha (isolation room) for their medication.

The deities usually undergo medication for 14 days at Anasara Gruha. The devotees are not allowed to visit the deities in these 14 days. Upon their recovery from fever, the deities reappear before the devotees on the occasion of Nabajauban Darshan, before embarking on a nine-day sojourn to Srigundicha temple on the occasion of Rath Jatra.

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