Puri: During the auspicious five days of Panchuka (in the holy month of Kartik), Lord Jagannath and his siblings adorn various “beshas”.
Today, on the auspicious occasion of Kartika Purnima, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra will be donned with Rajarajeswari Besha.
This Besha is observed on Kartik Purnima in each year. This besha is as like as Suna besha on the Chariot in front of Lions gate of Sri Mandir. This besha is mostly liked by the local kings of Orissa and they used to donate different golden ornaments bejewelled with valuable stones. The deities are decorated with 23rd type of golden ornaments.
However, devotees will not be able able to witness the “besha” due to restrictions induced by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Kartika Purnima was celebrated in Odisha under the shadow of COVID-19 on Monday. The state government has banned congregation at river ghats and near other water bodies to take bath and sail miniature boats in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.