The Snana Mandap : Located on the frontier of the eastern side of the Jagannath temple in Puri, the Snana Mandap (the bathing pandal) measures 75 feet in length and is at such a height that devotees standing right outside the temple can get a clear view of the deities.

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.

By A P Subhakanta Samal

Teacher, Proud Odia. Passionate about History and heritages of Odisha. Founder and Chief editor of Shubhdristi (ଶୁଭଦୃଷ୍ଟି), A bi-monthly Odia e magazine and literature portal.