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Sculptors and artisans have initiated preparations for the rare attire rituals Nagarjuna Besha

Puri:25/10/20: With just a month before the once-in-a-generation occasion of the Nagarjuna Besha of Lord Jagannath, sculptors and artisans have initiated preparations for the rare attire rituals.

This Nagarjuna Besha will be observed on 27th Nov 2020 after 25 years on the 12th day of the month of Kartik. In This Nagarjuna Besha, Lord Jagannath along with Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra will have appeared in a New Look(Nagarjuna Besha).

The last Nagarjuna Besha of the Lord Jagannath was held in 1994. Lakhs of devotees use to wait for the auspicious day to have darshan of the three deities in Nagarjuna Besha, the rare among all the costumes that the Lords appear every day and other special days.

It is one of the 16 incarnations of Lord Jagannath. The deities will be dressed like warriors with golden attire of several weapons including arrows, bows, Hala (plough), Chakra (wheel), and Musala (mace).

 As per tradition, it is celebrated when the Panchuka (last five days of Kartika month) is observed as six days. This year, due to an extra month after Ashwin (Adhik Maas), the special besha of the Holy Trinity will be held on November 27, the extra day (sixth day of Panchuka).Besha silpis, the artisans in charge of designing the special costumes of the Lords will begin crafting of the attire from Monday. Various types of raw materials like Santara Patta, thermocol have already been procured for the designing exercise.

The artisan community is quite excited to see this extraordinary occasion unfold before their eyes. Many of them who will take part in the process for the first time in their life have expressed their delight.

 

About Ashok Palit

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.

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