‘Banaka Lagi’ ritual of deities at Puri Srimandir today

Puri: The ‘Banaka lagi’ ritual of the Holy trinity will be conducted at the Puri Srimandir today by Datta Mohaptra servitors as the deities get glammed up for their ‘Nabajouban’ look tomorrow.

This will be the first appearance of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra before the devotees after recuperating from their 15 days fever. Earlier, a special ritual to mark recovery of the deities called ’Chaka Bije’ was held on July 8 at the Anasara chamber of the 12th century shrine.

During the first four days of the Anasara period, Lords were provided ‘Garam Chikitsa’ followed by ‘Phuluri Tela Seva’ on the fifth day. Thereafter from the sixth to ninth day, ‘Osa Lagi’ ritual was conducted by Pati Mohapatra servitors and on the tenth day, the ‘Chaka Bije’ is held.

The divine deities had undergone ‘Phuluri tela seva‘-an herbal oil treatment as part of a secret healing method under supervision of the Raja Vaida on the fifth day of Anabasara period.