Deva Snana Purnima – Snana Jatra 2015 – Gajanana Besha -Date & Ritual of Lord #Jagannath #Puri #Odisha
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The Deva snana Purnima / Snana Jatra is a Ritual bathing festival celebrated on the Purnima (full moon day) of the Hindu month of Jyeshtha. It is an important festival of the Jagannath devotees. This is the first occasion in the year as per the Hindu calendar, when the deities Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra, Sudarshan, and Madanmohan are brought out from the Jagannath Temple (Puri) and taken in a procession to the Snana Bedi. There they are ceremonially bathed and decorated for a public audience with the devotees.
According to Skanda Purana when Raja Indradyumna installed the wooden deities he arranged this bathing ceremony. This day considered to be the birth-day of Lord jagannath. It is held on the full-moon day of the month of Jyestha. This festival is also Simultaneously held in all other parts of Odisha as well as other part of world .
Ritual Deva snana Purnima / Snana Jatra :-
The deities are bathed by 108 pitchers of water of the well situated near the Sitala temple in the confines of the Jagannatha temple. Having been bathed, the deities are dressed up in the Gajanana or Ganesha Vesha. Then, their daily food offering or Bhogalagi is made on the Snanamandapa, in a full public view, without remaining any virtual difference between the devotees and the Lord Jagannath, popularly known as Lord Krishna. These traditions are followed before the legendary Ratha Yatra celebrated here.
The rituals performed in the festival are maintained in the ‘Niladri Mohadaya‘, a religious text written in Odia language. Devasnana Purnima or Snana Yatra, exclusively being the festival of Lord Jagannath, is believed to be one of the oldest festivals. As per the Skanda Purana, Raja Indradyumna set this bathing ceremony when he installed the wooden deities here. Apart from Puri, the festival is simultaneously celebrated in all other major shrines in Odisha. Due to its own importance and elaboration in Puri, thousands of national and international visitors come here to be a part of this grand celebration.
On the previous day of Snana Jatra the deites of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra along with the image of Sudarshana, Madanmohan are ceremonially brought out from the sanctum in a procession to the Snanavedi (Bathing pandal). This special pandal in the temple premises of Puri is called Snana Mandap. It is at such a height that visitors standing outside the temple also can easily get a glimpse of the Deities.
It is the Preliminary function of Annual Ratha Yatra (Car festival). The bathing festival takes place during the morning hours of the purnima tithi. The filled vessels are carried from Bhoga Mandap to the Snana Vedi by the Suaras/Daitapatis in a long single-line procession. This ritual is called ‘Jaladhibasa‘ (Jala – water, abhishek – bath).
After the bath the deities are so dressed that together they appear like the Gajanana . This is called Ganesha besha. During Snana Yatra when the sacred bath is performed, the deities are dressed like Ganesha.
About Anasara :-
After the Snana Yatra the Gods are traditionally believed to fall ill and are kept in a sick room to recuperate in privacy under the care of the Raj Vaidya. During this period known as Anasara the Gods cannot be seen by devotees.
At this time three pata chitra paintings are displayed for devotees to view instead It is said that with the Ayurvedic medication (‘pnachan‘) administered by the Raj Vaidya the Gods recover in a fortnight and resume giving an audience to their devotees.
This time Anasara time will be 45 days because of Nabakalebara 2015
During the Anasara period devotees head to the Alarnatha Mandira in Bramhagiri in the belief that Jagannath manifests as Alarnatha during this period