The Snana Yatra or Devasnana Purnima, a ceremonial public bath ceremony of the three deities of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra is an important event in the run-up to the Rath Yatra or the Car Festival.
Lakhs of devotees from all over Odisha and neighbouring states are gathered in the Pilgrim Town to witness the bathing ceremony on 9th June 2017 (Friday).
The Snana Yatra, held at the Shree Mandir premises, telecasts on the DD Odia, OTV, Colors Odia, Prarthana, Naxatra News, Sarthak, Kanak News, Kalinga TV and Zee Kalinga.
The day, the full-moon day of the month of Jyestha, is considered to be the birth-day of Lord Jagannath. Devasnana Purnima is an important festival of Puri temple prior to Rath Yatra scheduled for July 18. “After the grand shower, the deities would don attire, resembling an elephant, and would be available for close darshan (sahanmela) from 6 pm to 9:30 pm.
Late in the night, the deities would be shifted to anasara gruha (sick room) inside the temple. Like previous years, the deities would recline to bed for 15 days, he added.