The ‘Raghunath Besha’, one of the rarest Beshas of Lord Jagannath, will be held at Srimandir in Odisha’s Puri after 115 years in 2020. Lord Jagannath along with siblings Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra will be adorned with precious jewelleries.
Millions of devotees will witness the rare attire of deities on the Ratna Singhasan (bejewelled throne), informed Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) chief administrator Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra.
The Raghunath Besha has been conducted nine times in the last 500 years. It was last held in 1905 when a sea number of devotees had flocked the pilgrim city to see the rare sight of Lord Jagannath.
According to Srimandir Record of Rights, Madala Panji and other sources, the Raghunath Besha was first held in the year 1577. Later, it was conducted in 1739, 1809, 1833, 1842, 1893, 1896 and 1905.
It will be for the tenth time Lord Jagannath will appear in Raghunath Besha in the year 2020. By holding the Raghunath Besha of Lord Jagannath in 2020, millions of devotees will get an opportunity to see a rare sight in the temple.
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