Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Suna Besha

In my previous posts- Rath Yatra Puri & Rath Yatra, I have shared some info & images about the unique festival- Rath Yatra that is celebrated in the Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha, India.
It is also celebrated in many parts of the world.





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Rath Yatra at Puri, Odisha, India

Yesterday, on Bahuda Yatra, the deities returned to the Temple after the completion of their annual holiday to their aunt's place.

Today is celebrated as "Suna Besha" i.e. Golden Attire/Look.

As per the Shree Jagannath Temple history, Suna Besha was introduced during the reign of King Kapilendra Dev in 1460 AD.



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From L to R- Suna Besha of Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra, Lord Jagannath
  The deities are dressed in Gold ornaments.

 


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It is believed that a crore rebirths are waived off for the one who sees the Gods when they are in this Golden attire/get-up...

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From Top Left to Bottom Left - Suna Besha of Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra & Lord Jagannath

As per @PuriWaves, in the year 2010, more than 14 lakhs devotees attended the Suna Besha of the triad.



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The gold ornament that adorns the deity's head


The Lord of the Universe looks like a King!







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Lord Jagannath



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Lord Jagannath





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Devi Subhadra



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Lord Jagannath


The following is a rare pic of the Suna Besha of the Gods. But, it's a Black & White photograph and we can't see the glitter of gold...







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Rare Suna Besha pic of the Gods.


Suna Besha is very auspicious & eagerly awaited by devotees.

Who can stay away from the lure of gold? Not man, and not even the Gods!

The Gods dress up in pure Gold ornaments & dazzle the world by their purity & of course, Suna Besha!

All pics are courtesy Twitter- @PuriWaves & @BBSRBuzz & their contributors.
Thanks all for sharing!

20 comments:

  1. lovely pictures once again .. and is that all gold .. wow

    Bikram

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    1. Thanks Bikram! Yes, all traditional gold jewellery for our Golden Gods...
      Wow indeed are the ways of the Lords :)

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  2. I wish I could witness the spectacle too...
    But, your post made me feel like I have been a part of it..
    Thanks a lot!

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    1. Welcome to my Blog! Thanks for visiting & for sharing such a touching comment.
      Wishes do come true!
      It may be possible that you have been in Puri in a past birth... Most welcome again :)

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    1. You also like the B&W pic that doesn't have the golden glitter :)

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    1. Wow! Congrats to you :)
      Thanks Anmol for the honour!

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  5. All those photos are so colourful! And you are so clever to know all those stories and the names of the deities!
    Thanks for your post and for your comment!
    Wil, ABCW Team.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Wil for stopping by & for your comment!
      Yes, I have known the names of the deities ever since I was a kid as we worship them.

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  6. It's one of the most sought out and popular event we have. Thanks for sharing these images.

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  7. Beautiful photographs! Thanks for virtual 'Jagannatha Darshana' :) TC! keep smiling :)

    Regards,
    Sindhu
    Tantu
    The Arts & Me

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    1. The fruits of technology, Sindhu :)
      Thanks for reading & for your appreciation :)
      Keep smiling!

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  8. The last B & W shot is fabulous! Thanks Anita for giving us this opportunity to have virtual darshan of the Lord. Am always amazed to see how rich, glorious and varied our heritage really is...each part of the country having its own great festivals like this one.

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    1. My pleasure to share, Beloo!
      Yes, indeed! The beauty, culture, traditions, heritage of incredible India is truly incredible. Feel blessed to belong to this great land.

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  9. Inspiring pictures and words and when people ask me from now on why I want to go to India so badly I may have to refer them here to this post. This is a symbol of everything, the colors, the spiritual awakening, and as you say, the miracles to be found there. Thanks for sharing with us!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by & for your kind words & maiden comment.
      It is my proud privilege to share!
      You are most welcome to visit India & experience the miracles here. We look forward to have you here. Do let me know when you come :)

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