Jagannath Puri Yatra

Snana Yatra of Jagannath

Snana Yatra is a very special festival that takes place before the occasion of Rath Yatra Festival in Puri. It is considered to be one of the sacred ceremonies and takes place on the month of Jyestha according to Hindu calendar. The belief that getting a glimpse of the deity on this auspicious day will wash away the sins draws thousands of pilgrims to this festival.

Snana Yatra Festival in Puri

A day before Snana Yatra, the images of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra along with the image of Sudarshana are ceremonially brought out from the inner sanctum of the main temple in a procession (called ‘Pahandi’ in local language) to the Snana Mandapa (bathing pandal).

The deities are bathed with 108 pots of water that is drain from a sacred well in the temple premises. The water purified with haldi, java, sandal, flowers are perfumes. At evening, after the bath ritual, the deities assume the special elephant form which is otherwise known as ‘Hati Vesha’. Lord Jagannatha and Lord Balaram are draped like an elephant, and Goddess Subhadra wears a lotus flower vesha.

Anasara – Deities in Sick Room

Anasara is a period in which the deities are presumed to be sick and are brought to the sick room called Ratanvedi and is withheld from public view for 15 days. During Anasara, deities offered only fruits and water mixed with cheese and Dasamula medicines to cure from fever. During all these days the daily rites of the temple remain suspended.

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Published Date: July 2, 2016
Last Updated On: September 14, 2016
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