Puri, Jun 28 (UNI) Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Lord Balabhadra and his sister Devi Subhadra will appear for the devotees in a new youthful vigor on Wednesday popularly called Nabajouban Vesha.
Devotees were deprived of the darshan of the Trinity (the three presiding deities of the Sri jagannath temple) as they fell ill after the deep bath on the day of Snan Purnima and lay in the anasar ghar (sick room) for two weeks.
They were cured by the Vaidya temple who administered medicinal herbs to them. Thousands of devotees are expected to throng the temple to witness the deities’ Nabajouban Vesha after a two-year hiatus.
According to tradition, servants would apply a solution called “khadi and Ghana laagi” to the bodies of deities early in the morning.
Three sets of Dutta Mahapatra servants took two days on Monday and Tuesday to recast facial makeup (doing deity facials using natural colors) behind closed doors.
Parmanik darshan (for ticket holders) will continue for one hour from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Devotees will be allowed to enter through the south gate while Sahan Mella (free darshan) will start from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., afternoon from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
These efforts are made by the temple administration to allow free darshan intermittently until 12:30 p.m. Since this year, according to Sri Mandir Panjika, the Nabajouban darshan will continue on Thursday, a large number of devotees are likely to attend the Vesha, according to Samarth Verma, the deputy chief administrator of the temple.
“We are taking steps to streamline evenings to facilitate Sahanmela (free darshan) for visiting devotees. They will enter through Simhadwar and exit through the southern gate,” he added.
On Thursday until 5 p.m. darshan will be allowed. Thereafter, the gates will be closed to allow the public to prepare the deities for Friday’s Pahandi ceremony, Verma said.
Early Wednesday morning priests will perform an intricate set of regular evenings as Mangal arati, mailum, Tadap lagi, abakash, rosa homa, Surya puja then Gopal bhog will be offered.
In the chariot construction yard, as the construction of the three rathas was nearing completion, the darzi servants (tailors) were busy sewing fabrics to adorn the chariots in their respective colors.
Srimandir, three floats and Gundicha temples will be decorated with colorful natural flowers for the grand event.
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