Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jan 13:
Thousands of devotees have congregated in the pilgrim city of Puri in Odisha to witness the Deba Snana (bathing ritual) of the three deities—Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra here this morning.
The temple servitors began the rituals associated with the Snana Yatra of the three deities at 4 am. Later, the deities were taken in the ‘pahandi’ mode to the Snana Mandap, an elevated platform facing the Bada Danda (Grand Road).
The servitors would dress the deities in the attire of elephant (Gaja Vesha) after performing their bathing ritual by pouring 108 pots of water by 11.30 AM, temple sources said.
The Gaja Vesha of the deities would be held between 12.30 PM and 3 PM after which the servitors would carry the deities to Anabasara Griha between 10.30 PM and 1 PM.
The deities would spend the nextfifteen days in the Anabarsara Griha, away from public glare, before re-appearing in their new-look Naba Joubana Vesha.