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Puri: Jagannath Sena, a Puri-based outfit led by Priyadarshan Pattnaik, has sought guidance from Nischalananda Saraswati Maharaj on reopening of Lord Jagannath Temple and permission to devotees to witness the Nagarjuna Besha, which the Lord will don after a gap of 26 years.

Pattnaik today visited the office of the Sankaracharya at Gobardhan Mutt and submitted a memorandum seeking the opinion of the seer on 5-points including the reopening of Lord Jagannath Temple and granting permission to devotees to witness Nagarjuna Besha while following the COVID-19 guidelines.

He has also sought Sankaracharya's opinion on the proposal of installing camera in the inner-sanctum sanctorum of the temple to telecast the Nagarjuna Besha of the Trinity. The proposal has been moved by one of the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) members.

"As trains and flights are now in operation, we want the temple to be reopened with strict adherence to COVID19 guidelines, so that the devotees can witness this divine besha of the Lord," said Pattnaik.

After a gap of 26 years, Lord Jagannath will assume the Nagarjuna Besha this year on November 27. This Besha is occasionally done in the month of Kartika when there are six days of Panchuka.

As per rituals, Lord Jagannath along with his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra will appear in the Nagarjuna Besha which is celebrated to commemorate the annihilation of Sahashrarjuna by Lord Parsuram.
The Nagarjuna Besha was last held in 1994 and prior to that in 1993, 1983 and 1966.

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