Puri:10/6/17; Lakhs of devotees thronged the Grand Road of the city to witness the rituals of the Snana Purnima. The Trinity have been seated on the bathing altar or Snana Bedi and servitors are getting them ready for the divine bath. Servitors are getting the deities Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Goddess Subhadra ready by invoking them with an Alati and changing their clothes and performing purification rites called Abakasa Niti. The other arrangements have also been made to begin the divine bathing for Snana Yatra. Devotees with passes have queued up to get a glimpse of the Trinity on the Snana Mandap. While some devotees have dressed up as dancers some can be seen enacting mythological characters to express their devotion to Lord Jagannath in unique ways.Earlier, Pahandi or procession of ‘Chaturdha Murti’ was completed as part of the auspicious bathing festival or Deba Snana Purnima Yatra at Srimandir amid thousands of devotees in the pilgrim city. The holy Trinity were brought one by one by the temple servitors in the dhadi pahandi to the ‘Snana Bedi’ or bathing altar following the deity Sudarsan. Lord Balabhadra first reached the Snana Bedi and was followed by Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath.
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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.