In an unusual incident, a portion of the headgear (Kirita) of Lord Jagannath was found missing during the golden attire (Suna Besha) rituals of the ‘Holy Trinity’ in Puri on Wednesday.
According to reports, the Kirita of Lord Jaganath had only 20 ‘Kias’ (top portion of the headgear) instead of the usual 21 ‘Kias’. The third ‘Kia’ from the left side of the headgear was missing during the Suna Besha atop Nandighosha chariot.
The missing portion of the headgear was covered with flowers. It raised the eyebrows of many devotees who were enjoying the live telecast of the famous rituals from their homes.
However, the servitors of Lord Jagannath temple assured that the broken portion of the headgear has been safely preserved and the ornament will be repaired soon.
“The Kirita was in perfect condition while it was brought out from the store. However, during the golden attire of Lord Jagannath atop Nandighosha Rath, it was broken as the portion was a bit weaker. We have safely preserved the portion. It will be repaired soon,” said Bhandara Mekapa Lakshmi Narayan Mekapa.
“Many ornaments of the Holy Trinity have become very old. Different sets of the ornaments with the same design for the deities should be kept ready for big occasions like Ratha Jatra,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chhattisa Nijoga of Holy Trinity has intimated the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) about the incident.
“SJTA was earlier informed to repair the headgear and other ornaments before Ratha Jatra. Now, we have reported about the broken ornament to the temple administration and hopefully, it will be repaired soon,” said Chhattisa Nijoga Nayaka, Janardana Pattajoshi Mohapatra.
(Edited by Ramakant Biswas)