Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb on Thursday offered prayers on the auspicious occasion of the Snana Purnima rituals of Lord Jagannath and his siblings at Puri Srimandir.
“On the most sacred occasion of Debasnana Poornima, I offer my humble prayers at the Lotus Feet of Shree Shree Chaturdha Daru Vigraha for the welfare and well-being of all humanity,” Gajapati said in a statement.
This year, the Divine bathing of the holy quartet of Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Lord Sudarsan were conducted by the servitors without the participation of devotees. Servitors bathed the deities with a total of 108 pitchers of aromatic herbal water from Suna Kua (well) near Sitala Mandir to Snana Bedi.
Lord Jagannath bathed with 35 pots of scented water, Lord Balabhadra 33 pots, Devi Subhadra 22 and Shri Sudarsan with 18 pots of water.
Unlike every year, Dibyasingha Deb did not perform the Chhera Panhara (ceremonial sweeping) of the Snana Mandap after the bathing rituals. In his absence, his representative Mudirastha performed the rituals.
After taking a grand bath, the sibling deities along with Chakraraj Sudarsan were adorned with the elegant Hati Besha or the elephant attire by the Puspalak and Dutta Mohapatra sevayats.