The story behind Jagannath Snana Yatra!
An exceptionally unique and holy celebration of Lord Jagannath held in the full-moon day of the period of Jyestha. This celebration is known as ‘Devasnan Purnima’ or ‘Snana Yatra’ (Bathing Festival).
There is a general conviction that the lover washes away the entirety of his wrongdoings on the off chance that he gets a dream of the Lord on this day, subsequently, it pulls in a large number of pioneers from everywhere throughout the world.
As per Skanda Purana when King Indradyumna introduced the wooden gods he masterminded this washing service. On the earlier day of Snana Yatra, the pictures of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra alongside the picture of Sudarshana are ritualistically brought out from the internal sanctum of the fundamental sanctuary in a parade (called ‘Pahandi’ in neighborhood language) to the Snana Mandapa (Bathing pandal).
This washing stage is arranged toward the north-east of Ananda Bazar furthermore the external mass of the sanctuary (called Meghanada Pacheri in neighborhood language). The length and broadness of this washing stage are 76 feet. It is at such a stature, that guests remaining outside the sanctuary likewise get an away from of the Deities.
On this favorable day, the Suaras and Mahasuaras go in a stylized parade to bring 108 pots of water from the Golden well (called ‘Suna Kua’ in neighborhood language). The blessed water is drawn from this well once per year. During the whole procedure, every one of them spread their mouths with a bit of fabric so as not to debase it even with their breath.
At that point, all the pots loaded up with water are protected in the Bhoga Mandap. At that point, the ministers refine the water with Haladi (turmeric), Java (entire rice), Sandal (Chandan), blossoms, and fragrances. The filled and refined water pots at that point conveyed from Bhoga Mandap to the washing stage by the Suaras in a long single line.
This custom is called ‘Jalabhisheka’. ‘Jalabhishek’ comprises of two words ‘Jala’ and ‘Abhisheka’. In neighborhood language ‘Jala’ signifies water and ‘Abhishek’ signifies Bath. This Abhiseka is joined by reciting of Vedic mantras by the ministers, kirtan, and blowing of conch shells.
At night, after the shower custom, the Deities expect the exceptional elephant structure which is also called ‘Hati Vesha’. Master Jagannatha and Lord Balaram dressed like an elephant, and Goddess Subhadra wears a lotus blossom vesha.
After Snana Yatra, the divinities should become sick (fever) and don’t come back to their platform. The Deities are kept on an extraordinary debilitated room called the ‘Ratan vedi’ inside the sanctuary. They avoid general visibility for a time of 15 days. This period is known as ‘Anasara’.
During Anasara the Deities offered just products of the soil blended in with cheddar and Dasamula meds to fix from fever. The Deities are treated by the Raj Vaidya (the King’s doctor) with explicit prescriptions (Dasamulas). During every one of nowadays, the day by day ceremonies of the sanctuary stays suspended.
Because of the hallowed shower with 108 pitchers of water, the hues painted on the pictures become dim. The Daitas repaint the pictures with new hues and on the sixteenth day the Deities show up in their new structures after coloration becomes prepared for the general visibility. The celebration of the primary appearance of the Lord Jagannath to his lovers is called ‘Netrotsava’ (celebration for the eyes) or ‘Nava Yauvanotsava’ (celebration of the ever new youth).