Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jul 27:
Elaborate security measures have been taken for the Suna Vesha (Gold Attire) of the Lords, which will begin in Odisha’s holy town Puri this afternoon.
The Daitapati servitors performed all rituals of the Lords on the chariots in front of the Shri Jagannath Temple in the morning while the process for the Suna Vesha of the Lords would begin at 4 PM.
The Daitapati servitors would bring the 138 varieties of ornaments like Shribhuja, Sripayara, Ratna Padaka, Ratna Kirita, Kana Phula, Markata Mukuta, Pada Pallava, Mudi, Kanthimala, Markata Jaunli, Bala, Bahuti and Kati Mekhala from the Ratna Bhandara amid armed escort.
The servitors would perform the Sandhya Alati and Sandhya Dhupa of the Lords during Suna Vesha darshan.
“We have started the preparation to perform Mangala Alati, Abakasha and Sakala Dhupa of the Lords. After completion of these rituals, the maha snana (bathing) and Madhyanna Dhupa of the Lords would be performed. The Suna Vesha of the Lords would begin after the wooden horses are removed from the chariots. The Daitapatis, together with the Shringara Sevaks, would bring the ornaments from the Ratna Bhandara of the main temple and embellish the Lords with golden attire,” said Vishwabasu Binayak Das Mohapatra.
Anticipating a turnout of about 10 lakh devotees, elaborate security measures have been taken.
“We have erected two one-way barricades from the Market Square area on the Bada Danda (Grand Road) in which the devotees would move in a queue through the left barricade towards the chariots and leave the place through the right barricade after the darshan of the Lords. The left barricade would be manned by the Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel,” Puri SP Ashish Kumar Singh told the media today.
“We have also made sectoral deployment with senior officers and forces along the lanes and by-lanes connecting the Bada Danda to avoid criss-cross movement of the crowd. To keep an eye on the movement of suspect elements, CCTVs have been installed at various places around the chariots and the Bada Danda. Compared to the number of devotees during Rath Yatra, we expect more devotees during Suna Vesha today,” Singh added.