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Today is Jyestha Purnima, celebrated as Deva Snana Yatra at Shree Jagannath Temple. This is a very important festival in chain of events leading to the Rath Yatra.
Traditionally, the Gods fall ill today and revive after 15 days, i.e. the Rath Yatra.
Deva Snana Yatra the bathing ceremony of the deities. The three deities alongwith Sudarsana and Madanamohana are brought out from the Garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) of the Temple and taken in a traditional procession calledPahandi and placed on the Snanabedi (bathing platform) situated in the northeast corner of the Bahara Bedha (outer enclosure).
This is the first occasion in the year when the large and heavy wooden images of the deities are brought out of the Garbhagriha to the Snanabedi. There, the deities are bathed with 108 pitchers of water from a well called Suna Kuan (Golden well) near the uttara dwara (north gate). Water from this sacred well is used only once in a year during the Snana Yatra of the deities.
The usual daily rituals continue thereafter in the Snanabedi. After the Snana Yatra, the deities are dressed like Lord Ganesha (the elephant god) who bears the head of an elephant. That is why this besha is also known as Hati Besha. At night, the deities return to the Temple in a procession and the deities, except Madanamohana, are placed in a place called Anasara pindi. They remain there unseen, secluded and unexposed to public view.