Mittha Pakkhala of Lord Jagannath
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Sunabesha of The Three Lords and Niladri Vije – Article by Asish Panda

On Ashadha Trayodasi the 13th day of the Asadh Month. The supreme trinities entered the Badda Deula (supreme temple) after 11 days completing there annual outing and visit to Maausi’s Home(Aunty). Tradition says goddess Lakshmi who is wife of Lord Jagannath wud be sulking at him for not taking her along. The supreme Lord wud try his best to please her by offering her Rasagolla and Opting Sunaabesha (Golden Attire). After Devi Mahalakshmi is pleased then only she allows Mahaprabhu to enter the supreme Temple.This is called The “NILADRI VIJE”..This is the only day wen Rasagolla is Offered as Bhogha in The Supreme Temple. As the occasion is special.

After the homecoming (Bahuda Yatra), devotees got an inkling of Lord Jagannath’s affluence as he, along with His siblings gave darshan in Suna Besa (golden attire).

The supreme trinity glittered atop the three chariots, Nandighosa, Taladhwaja and Debadalana parked at Singhdwar of Jagannath Temple, donned in huge quantities of gold ornaments.

Legend has it that Suna Besha began during the reign of King Kapilendra Deb in 1460 when he brought gold on 16 elephants to Puri after a winning a battle with another king and donated them to Jagannath Temple, said a temple priest.

The Vault

The temple’s bhandara ghar is where the gold ornaments are stored. Escorted by armed police men and temple officials, bhandara make up priests (store in-charge) bring the gold jewellery laced with invaluable stones and hand it over to puspalaka and and daitapati priest.According to temple sources, the sibling deities wear gold jewellery, weighing nearly 208 kg (2 quintal 8 kg), on this occasion.

It take the servitors nearly an hour to decorate the Lords with gold ornaments and other jewellery- Sri Hasta (gold hand), Sri Payar (gold feet), Sri Mukuta (big gold crown), Sri Mayur Chandrika (gold peacock feather for Lord Jagannath), Sri Chulapati (an ornament traditionally worn on the forehead), Sri Kundal (gold earring with a hanging ball), Sri Rahurekha (a half square-shaped gold aura), Sri Mala (necklaces), Sri Chita (third eye of Lords), Sri Chakra (gold wheel), Sri Gada (gold bludgeon), Sri Padma (gold lotus) and Sri Sankha (a silver conch).

The Other Occasions

The Lords are adorned in gold on four other occasions —Dussehra, Kartika Purnima, Pausa Purnima and Dola Purnima — in a calendar year. These, however, are observed inside the temple.
The God of the Universe has different forms. He adopts these forms according to the necessities of his devotees. In Jagannath Temple Puri; the Lord is adorned with cotton and silken fabrics, gold ornaments, flowers, precious stones, leaves and sandalwood every day.

In total, there are 32 Bashas (forms) which Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra. Suna Besha is one of the most looked upon by the Devotees as it is done in the great chariots. It is done on Ashadha Shukla Ekadashi Tithi (i.e. the 11th bright fortnight in Asadha). This is also known as Bada Tadhau Besha. In this, the Gods and Goddess are adorned with beautifully carved Gold jewelry. They are loaded with precious stones and the yellow shine of the Gold from top to bottom. Shared image of Suna Besha in comments. Look how magnificent they look!

Pakhala is always a integral part of Mahaprasad . In my last Mahaprasad share I shared the traditional dahi pakkhala which is offered as Bhogh in Afternoon Aarti. Today I was share a very rare Pakhala Bhogha which is offered in morning Aarti to Lord. It’s very refreshing and usual combination. It more like a rice and fruit salad. And I had this only at Bad Deula whenever I pay a visit at Amanda Bazaar. (Food Court of The Supreme Temple).

Mittha Pakkhala of Lord Jagannath

Mahaprasad – Mittha Pakkhala # 4

Mittha Pakkhala

Ingredients :

  • Rice One Cup
  • Sugar
  • Roasted Jeera One Teaspoon
  • Orange One
  • Water Melon One (optional)
  • Grapes One Cup
  • Pomegranate grains handful
  • Coconut Water One Glass
  • Grated Coconut For Garnishing

Procedure of Mittha Pakkhala of Lord Jagannath

Boil water and Cook Rice. Discard 80% starch. Add some sugar and roasted jeera. Let it cool. Add Coconut Water. Top with fruits. Garnish with grated coconut. Ready to offer as Bhogha to Mahaprabhu.

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