Suna Besha of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra held in Puri on 13th July 2019 (Saturday).
The newly-carved deities donned at least 200-kg gold. The Suna Besha (golden avatar) darshan for the deities continued till night.
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Legend has it that Suna Besha was introduced during the era of King Kapilendra Deb in 1460 AD. “He conquered a kingdom and brought huge quantities on gold on 16 elephants to Puri. He donated all the gold to the Jagannath Temple,” said Rabindranath Pratihari, a veteran temple servitor.
The temple witnesses Suna Besha on four other occasions, Dussehra, Kartika Purnima, Pausa Purnima and Dola Purnima, in a calendar year. While the four rituals are observed inside the temple, the Suna Besha, performed following Rath Yatra, is celebrated on chariots outside the temple.