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Lord Jagannath and his siblings Devi Subhadra and elder brother Lord Balabhadra give darshan to the devotees in Suna Besha

Puri:21/7/21: After a hassle-free Ratha Jatra, both Srigundicha and Bahuda festival, the divine trinity of Puri Srimandir-Lord Jagannath and his siblings Devi Subhadra and elder brother Lord Balabhadra are all set to give darshan to the devotees in Rajarajeswar Besha popularly known as Suna Besha today.

The significant characteristic of the ritual is that the three deities will adorn with heavy gold ornaments aboard the chariots in front of the Singha Dwara of the 12th-century shrine.  The deities will adorn nearly 138 kinds of gold ornaments including kiriti, sribhuja, sripahara, kundala, baghadamali, ghagera, kadambamali among others.

On four other occasions, the deities also appear in the golden attire in Dusssehra, Karttika Purnima, Pausa Purnima and Dolapurnima. On these occasions, the ritual is conducted inside the temple while during Ratha Jatra, the Suna Besha is celebrated atop chariots.

As per legends, King Kapilendra Deb had brought a huge amount of gold jewelry by conquering a neighboring kingdom. He donated all the valuable metals to the temple in 1460. Since then, the Suna Besha has been a major ritual of the deities.

The devotees will give a miss to the rare festival this year like the last event as the ritual will be conducted amid strict restrictions due to coronavirus.

The curfew imposed by the district administration under section 144 of CrPC is still in force at some places in the pilgrim town. The prohibitory orders have been clamped today at the Market square, Kakudi Khai chhak, and all roads leading to Bada Danda. The restriction will remain in force till 6 am on July 24.

After the Suna Besha, Adharapana and Niladri Bije rituals will be observed amid similar restrictions. The district administration and police have made elaborate arrangements for the final phase rituals of the Ratha Jatra.

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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.

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