17 June 2019
Puri: Lakhs of devotees swarmed to Puri on Monday to witness the much-awaited special and sacred annual rites of ‘Snana Purnima’ (ritualistic bath). The devotees in pilgrim city got enthralled with the spectacular festivity as they got to witness the Holy Trinity (Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra) in full publice view.
Children, elders, men, women, teenagers, people of all ages were moved by the sight as Lord Jagannath and his siblings had their ritualistic bath. Not only from other districts, devotees also travelled from other States like West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand to take part in the holy ceremony.
First, the deities were brought to the 'Snana Mandap' (bathing pandal) in the 'Pahandi'procession. After all preparations were completed, water that had been fetched from the Golden Well (Suna Kua) in 108 copper vessels (18 for Sudarshan, 22 for Subhadra, 33 for Balabhadra and 35 for Lord Jagannath) and purified by adding flowers, perfumes and various medicinal herbs, was poured on the Holy Trinity as devotees got moist-eyed.
A young man said, “The happiness and contentment it gives to one’s mind is indescribable. I am yet to understand the mystery behind it.” An elderly devotee shared, “It is just a majestic view. I have come to pay my regards and beg for my good health.”
After the Snana Yatra followed by Hathi Besha in the evening, the deities are kept away from public view for fifteen days as the Living Gods fall sick. During all these days, the daily rites of the temple remain suspended. Then the major annual sojourn of the Trinity ‘Rath Yatra’ is conducted.