Next Nagarjuna Besha (when the deities are dressed like warriors) of Lord Jagannath of Puri will be held in 2020 almost after a gap of 25 years.
The auspicious day will be observed after 25 years on 12th day of the holy month of Kartik i. e on November 27, 2020, informed astrologer Baikuntha Nath Nayak, the chief of Samant Chandrasekhar Panjika here on Monday.
The last time it was held in 1994. Six persons had died in a stampede when lakhs of people turned up to witness the Besha of Lord Jagannath and his siblings. Earlier, the rare besha of the lords was held in 1966 and 1983.
The deities will appear in this Besha carrying the arrows and bows that attract lakhs of devotes across the globe. The Nagarjuna Besha is also called Bira Besha. The lords appear in the special costume to commemorate the killing of Sahashrarjuna by lord Parasuram. The Besha also marks the battle between Arjuna and his son Nagarjuna.
As the panchuka during Kartik month will be observed for six days in 2020 instead of five days, Lord Jagannath along with siblings Lord Balabhadra and goddess Subhadra will appear in Nagarjuna Besha on the additional day.
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