Pushya Abhishek rituals in Puri Srimandir today

Puri: In the Skanda Purana 2.2.42, Sri Krishna Pushya Abhishek is described as one of the festivals observed for Lord Jagannath in Puri.

This festival is observed on the Pushya Nakshatra day of Pausa month. Lord Jagannath is made the king on this day.

According to puranas, Lord Ram was coroneted on this day after his return from 14 years of exile.

The Lord is bathed in 108 pitchers of holy water and then the Lord’s ceremonial crowning is observed (as per the temple tradition). Then after receiving the Lord’s ‘angyamala’, Goddess Laxmi seated in palanquin visits the Jagamohan. Thereafter, the ‘Raja Rajeshwar’ or ‘suna besha’ of the deities is performed on the ‘Ratna Singhasan’. The deities are adorned with gold ornaments. It is believed that on this day ‘devas’ (Gods) and saints assemble at Puri sea beach. So, the sea is also worshipped on this day.

Meanwhile, lakhs of devotees throng Srimandir to witness the Suna Besha that is observed five times in a year.

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