Devotees witness Navajauvan darshan
After the ritual bath (Snan Purnima) of Lord Jagannath a fortnight ago — Lord fell ill for a period of fifteen days and all the daily rites in the Sri Mandir were suspended.
Then the Lord was escorted to a sick room temporarily raised inside the temple called Anasar. During these days, Lord’s public darshan was stopped, as the lord received the secret seva of daitapatis (raj vaidyas).
After a special oil (Phulri) was applied on Lord’s body — Lord manifested himself in a renewed youthful look (Navajouvan) in which the deities went through a complex ritualistic dress-up and their faces applied mostly with natural colours.
For the devotees, breaking a long wait for 15 days, today the darshan for general public was slated for 3.40 pm.
“There is belief that Lord’s darshan on this special day is equated with a year’s darshan,” said a devout visitor who has come to see Lord’s Navajauvan.
Keeping in view thousands of visitors, all the Puri-bound buses from Bhubanswar were diverted from their usual route. Importantly, the city was put under strict security cover, closely monitored by the administration.