Lord Jagannath’s Suna Besha on Dola Purnima a sight to behold

Puri: Thousands of devotees thronged Srimandir in Puri to have darshan of Lord Jagannath in golden attire on the occasion of holy Dola Purnima today.

On this day, Lord Jagannath and His siblings are adorned with gold ornaments. The Suna Besha is also called Rajadhiraja Besha.

As per schedule of Srimandir rituals, the door of the temple was opened at 3.00 am. The rituals for decorating the deities with gold ornaments on Ratna Bedi began at around 8.00 am. The public darshan will continue till 10.35 pm.

Special arrangements have been made by the temple administration for smooth darshan of Lords inside the shrine.

Worth mentioning, Suna Besha on Dola Purnima is one the five Suna Beshas of Lord Jagannath and His siblings performed in a year. On the special occasion, thousands of devotees used to flock to the temple to get glimpse of deities in the spectacular Besha. 

On the holy day, Lord Madanmohan, who is the Chalanti Pratima (representative idol) of Lord Jagannath, was taken out of Garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) of the temple to Dola Mandap, where the devotees offered herbal colours to the Lord on the eve of Holi festival before playing the colours with others outside the temple.

“It is believed that ‘Dole cha Dola Govindam, Chape cha Madhusudanam, Rathe tu vamanam drustwa punarjanma na vidyate‘.  A devotee, who gets darshan of Lord Jagannath on Dola Purnima, Chandan Purnima as well as on chariot during Ratha Jatra, will attain salvation. Today, Lord Jagannath is being worshipped as Dola Govinda. After taking a round of Ratna Singhasan, along with Sridevi and Bhudevi, Dola Govinda moved around Srimandir and Dola Mandap seven and 21 times respectively before being placed on the Mandap to give darshan as Lord Krishna during this auspicious festival,” said Jagannath cult researcher Surya Narayan Rath Sharma.

This is the special occasion when the devotees and Lord Jagannath as Dola Govinda celebrate festival of colours together. The Lord plays with devotees with a varieties of colours made from herbs like naga keshar, mutha, ankaranti and karpur on Dola Purnima, said a servitor of Srimandir.


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