Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, June 28:
A day ahead of the Rath Yatra in Odisha, the Nabajoubana Darshan of Lord Jagannath , Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra began at the Sri Jagannath temple in Puri this morning.
The deities, who had remained inside the Anabasara Griha for 15 days after they had ‘fallen ill’ since their ritual bath on Debasnana Purnima, were taken out by the servitors to the sanctum sanctorum after performing a series of rituals.
On the New Moon day of Asadh (June-July), the deities put on attractive robes as they appear before the devotees for the first time after their Anabasara vacation.
Since they attain a youthful and fresh look, it is called the Nab Jaubana Besha.
However, the Nabajoubana darshan today was delayed by over three and half hours.
Till reports last came in, over lakh of devotees have arrived in the pilgrim city.
The Paramanik (ticket) darshan of the Lords began at about 9.30 AM as against 6.30 AM.
There is a long queue of the devotees at the Dakhina Dwara (South Gate) of the temple, where the temple police and security personnel are allowing the devotees to enter into the temple premises.
Citing reasons for the delay in the darshan of the Lords, assistant secretary of Daitapati Nijog Binayak Dasmohapatra said the servitors had to perform a series of rituals and minor delays in each resulted in the problem.
He, however, said that the other remaining rituals of the Lords would be performed in time.
Sahana Mela Darshan
Over a lakh of devotees had the privilege of having the Sahana Mela darshan (open to all) of the Lords in their Nabajoubana Besha.
As soon as the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and the Daitapatis opened the Singhadwara (main gate) of the temple at 11 AM after the Paramanik (ticketed) darshan was over, thousands of devotees made their way to the main temple to have a darshan of the Lords.
After the Sahana Mela darshan, which is open till 12.30 PM, the servitors would perform a series of rituals of the Lords.