Suna Besha: Deities to flaunt golden attire tomorrow; check ritual timing

Bhubaneswar: Lord Jagannath and his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra are all set to flaunt their golden attire on their respective chariots near the Lions’ Gate of Srimandir in Odisha’s Puri city on June 29 (Thursday).

The deities reached Srimandir gate by riding their chariots from Srigundicha temple on the occasion of Bahuda Jatra today.

The deities will be adorned with gold ornaments on their respective chariots as part of the Suna Besha ritual tomorrow, said an official of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today.

The servitors of the 12th century shrine will bring huge quantities of gold ornaments from Srimandir Ratna Bhandar (temple treasury) amid tight security and decorate the deities on their respective chariots, added the official.

The SJTA had earlier issued a complete schedule for the Suna Besha ritual.

Ritual                                        Timing

Mangala Alati                        6 am to 6.30 am

Mailam-Tadapalagi               7 am

Abakash                                  8 am

Beshasesa                               9 am

Gopalballav                             10 am to 10.30 am

Sakaladhoopa                          11 am to 12 noon

Mailam                                      12.30 pm

Mahasnana                               1 pm

Beshasesa                                  1.30 pm

Madhyahna Dhoopa                2 pm to 3 pm

Mailam                                        3.30 pm

Sandhya Alati                             4 pm

Ekadashi Sarbanga                     4.30 pm

Suna Besha                                    5 pm to 6.30 pm

Sandhya Dhoopa                         8 pm to 9 pm

Mahadeepa                                  9.15 pm

Suna Besha Mailam                      10 pm to 11 pm

Chandanlagi                                   11.30 pm

Badasinghar Besha                        12 midnight

The Suna Besha ritual of the deities is conducted five times in a year. The deities are adorned with golden attire four times in a year inside the sanctum sanctorum of Srimandir while the ritual is held once on the chariots during the annual Ratha Jatra, said a researcher.

It is believed that Suna Besha ritual of the deities was introduced during the reign of Gajapati King Kapilendra Deb in 1460. Kapilendra Deb had donated huge quantities of gold and silver ornaments to Srimandir after conquering several kingdoms during his rule, added the researcher.

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