Puri: Devotees thronged Srimandir in Puri to witness the Gaja Uddharana Besa of deities on the occasion of holy Magha Purnima today.
On the full moon day of Magha (January-February), the Gaja Uddharana Besa of the deities is done.
Gaja Uddharana Besha – The famous Gaja Uddharana Besha is done on Magha Purnima tithi (the fullmoon day of Magha). This Besha depicts an epic story as to how Lord Bishnu saved a helpless elephant from the clutches of a crocodile.
Special arrangements have been made for conducting rituals of deities at the Jagannath Temple.