Odisha Jagannath Culture – Raja Rajeswar Besha : The Costume Of Lord #Jagannath On #Kartik #Purnima, #Odisha #Puri
Raja Rajeswar Besha is observed on Kartik Purnima in each year. This bhesha is as like as Suna vesha on the Chariot in front of Lions gate of Sri Mandir. This bhesha is mostly liked by the local kings of Orissa and they used to donate different golden ornaments bejwelled with valuable stones. The deities are decorated with 23rd type of golden ornaments.
It is identical to the deities’ sunabesha during the annual ‘Ratha Jatra’. The deities, among others, will be adorned with giant feets, hands, huge crown, chest guards, garlands, conch, lotus, besides weapons like Chakra, all made in pure gold, weighing over 200 kg.
There are over 367 items made of four quintals of gold and silver ornaments weighing 14 quintals in the lone ‘Ratna Bhandara’ or temple treasury of Puri Jagannath temple accessed till date. It is believed that the temple have atleast seven ‘Ratna Bhandaras’ that remains un-accessed.