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Srimandir in Puri will remain out of bounds for devotees for three hours for the ‘Banakalagi ritual’ on Wednesday. 

According to the notice issued by the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), ‘Banakalagi’or ‘Srimukha Sringara’ ritual of Lord Jagannath and His siblings will be performed at Srimandir from 6 pm to 9 pm on Wednesday.

During this three-hour-long period, the devotees will not be allowed to enter the temple. 

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The ritual will start after the completion of the ‘bhog’ of the second Bhogmandap. This special ritual will be performed by a select group of servitors in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. 

After Niladree Bije ritual, the secret ritual of ‘Srimukha Sringara’ ritual is formed. Thereafter, the ritual is usually conducted seven to eight times till the next Niladree Bije ritual. During this ritual, fresh coats of herbal colours are applied to the deities by Dattamohapatra servitors. 

For the ritual, ‘Haritala’, 'Hingula’, ‘Kajjala’, ‘Keshara’, ‘Kasturi’and ‘Karpura’ are required. While ‘Kasturi’ is no longer available, all the other ingredients are made available by the SJTA.

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