Various gold ornaments of Lord Jagannath and his brother Lord Balabhadra, which the Deities adorn during 'Suna Besha', will be repaired soon.
Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has written a letter in this regard to a jeweller.
According to SJTA sources, four 'Kundalas' and 'Sribhujas' of Lord Jagannath and Balabhadra will be repaired by the jewellers. Few gold ornaments of the Trinity, which are used during the famous 'Suna Besha' (golden attire), will also be repaired. The temple administration has ordered the jeweller to finish the repairing work before this year's Rath Yatra on July 12.
"As many as four experienced jewellers will start the repairing work from the next 'Dashami' or 'Ekadashi Tithi' and the ornaments will be fully ready before the 'Suna Besha' or the 'Rajarajeshwara Besha' of the Trinity.
"Few ornaments of Lord Jagannath and Balabhadra have decayed a little bit. With Lord's grace, we will try our best to repair the ornaments keeping the age-old tradition in place," said a jeweller Kameshwar Achari.
Suna Besha is an event of the auspicious Rath Yatra, when Lord Jagannath and his siblings Lord Balabhadra, and Goddess Subhadra are adorned with beautifully carved gold ornaments and are loaded with precious stones and the yellow shine of the gold from top to bottom.
The ritual is observed on the day after the return of the Deities from Gundicha Temple, on Ashadha Shukla Ekadashi Tithi (on the 11th bright fortnight in Ashadha). Out of all the beshas (attires) or forms of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra, Suna Besha is one of the most looked upon attires by the devotees as it is done in the chariots. The deities, on their chariots themselves, adore the golden attire or the Suna Besha, with hands, arms and crown made of solid gold.
(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)