Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Lord Jagannath and siblings- elder brother Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra- will be adorned with the famous ‘Padma Besha’ (Lotus attire) at Srimandir in Puri on Saturday.

Rana servitors have prepared beautiful ornaments like ‘Padmapakhuda, ‘Hansa’, Karapallaba’ to be used in the attractive attire of the deities. Singhari servitors will adorn the deities with ornaments as part of ‘Padma Besha’.

The Padma Besha is donned on any Saturday or Tuesday between the new moon day of the month of ‘Magha’ and Basanta Panchami. As per the tradition, Badachhata mutt provides all the raw materials used in the attire. The mutt also provides prasads like ‘Khiri’ and ‘Amalu’ to be offered to the sibling deities on the day of the besha.

Following the completion of ‘Chandan Lagi’ during night hours, the deities will be adorned with ‘Padma Behsa’ as part of ‘Bada Singhara’.

As per reports, ardent devotee Manohar Das had wished to have darshan of Lord Jagannath in this attire. Hence to fulfill the wish of His devotee, the Holy Trinity is adorned with ‘Padma Behsa’ during the Odia month of ‘Magha’.

As per legends, though the lotus flower is rare in the month of ‘Magha’, Lord Jagannath had appeared before His devotee in ‘Padma Besha’. To commemorate the incident and celebrate the Lord’s blessing, the Holy Trinity is adorned with the famous ‘Lotus Attire’ at Srimandir.

The devotees can have darshan of the Holy Trinity with this rare attire at Srimandir tonight and tomorrow during ‘Mangala Alati’.

“‘Padma Besha’ looks as if lotus flowers have bloomed amid a pond. All kinds of preparations have been made for the popular attire. It’s a very rare attire of Lord,” said Rana servitor Basanta Rana.