Sharmili Mallick

Puri: Special Pushyaviseka rituals of the Holy Trinity are underway at Srimandir on occasion of full moon day of the Hindu Paush month. Huge numbers of devotees from across Odisha and outside continue to throng the 13th century shrine to witness the ‘Rajadhiraj Besha’ or ‘Suna Besha’ of Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra on the occasion.

Decked up in gold jewellery embellished with diamond and gems, it is believed that a glimpse of the Holy Trinity on the Ratna Sinhasan today brings prosperity and goodwill.

As per mythology, Lord Rama took over the throne in Ayodhya today after 14 years of exile and therefore Lord Jagannath is decked up in king attire to mark the day.

Though Lord Jagannath is dressed five times in Suna Besha in a year, the gold attire on Pausha Purnima holds significance as the Lord carries flower bow, which is a unique ritual in the ancient shrine.

“After the Sakhala Dhupa rituals were over, Mahaprabhu were dressed up in Pushyaviseka Besha. Lakhs of devotees have been thronging the temple since morning to take the glimpse of the Lord,” said a servitor.

On the other hand, residents of Western Odisha celebrated agrarian festival ‘Pushpuni’ today. The festival also has significance in farming community as the farmers celebrate their paddy harvest.

Almost all the households are relishing the aroma of sweets, peethas and non-vegetarian dishes on Pushpuni. There is also an age-old tradition of youths going around the villages in groups dancing, singing folk songs and asking for ‘Chher Chhera’.

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