Lord Jagannath and his siblings Subhadra and Balabhadra will be adorned in the golden Rajarajeswara Besha, also known as Suna Besha, at Srimandir here on Pausha Purnima on Thursday.
The Holy Trinity will be all decked up in golden attire after the Chandana Lagi ritual. In the morning, Mangala Alati, Mailam, Tadap Lagi, Abakash Niti, Gopal Ballav, Shakala Dhupa rituals were performed followed by the conduct of Jala Lagi and Sarbanga.
Generally, very large numbers of devotees visit the 12th-century shrine on this pious day to get a glimpse of the Holy Trinity in the dazzling avatar on the Ratna Singhasana (jewel throne).
As per the data mentioned, the Shri Jagannath Temple Administration has put a cap on the entry of a maximum of 30,000 devotees into the temple due to Covid restrictions.
Beshas of Lord Jagannath
Besha is a Sanskrit word, which means dress, costume, or attire. Every day from the Mangala Alati till Ratri Pahuda, the deities on the Ratnabedi of Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri are adorned with cotton and silken fabrics, gold ornaments studded with precious stones, flowers of several kinds and other leaves and herbs like tulsi, dayana, marua, etc.
Sandal paste, camphor, and at times precious musk are being used in the daily and periodical rituals.
The rituals of the lord are based on the anthropomorphic equation, where worshipped Gods are treated like a human. Whether it is waking up in the morning, taking an afternoon nap; or resting at night after dinner; the rites are modeled exactly like a normal human.
Story behind the Rajarajeswara Besha
As per the legend, it is said that Lord Rama took over the throne in Ayodhya today after 14 years of exile and therefore Lord Jagannath, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu is decked up in a king’s attire to mark the day.
Pausha Purnima is a significant day for the Hindus, which falls on the full moon day of Paush month in the Hindu calendar.
The Pushyabhisek ritual of Gajapati Maharaja of Puri, Dibyasingha Deb, will be performed today. As per the tradition, after Panchadebata and Shastriya Pujas, a special ritual will be conducted.