Deva Snaha Yatra

Deva Snaha Yatra: It is the bathing ceremonyof the deities, celebrated on Jyeshtha Purnami i.e. on the full moon day in the month of Jyeshtha (May-June). Mahapravu, Bada Thakura & Maa Subhadra alongwith Pravu Sudarsana and Pravu Madanamohana are brought out from the Garbhagruha (sanctum sanctorum) of the
Temple and taken in a traditional procession called Pahandi and placed on the Snanabedi situated in the northeast corner of the Bahara Bedha (outer enclosure). This is the first occasion in the year when the large and heavy wooden images of the
deities are brought out of the Garbhagruha to the Snanabedi. There, the deities are bathed with 108 pitchers of water from a well called “Suna kuan” (Golden well) near the uttara dwara (north gate). Water from this sacred well is used only once in a year during the Snana Yatra of the deities. The usual daily rituals continue thereafter in the Snanabedi. After the Snana Yatra, the deities are dressed like Pravu Ganesha (the elephant god) who bears the head of an elephant. That is why this besha is also known as Hati Besha. At night, the deities return to the Temple in a procession and the deities, except Pravu Madanamohana, are placed in a place called Anasara pindi. They remain there unseen, secluded and unexposed to public view for a period of 15 days. During this period of seclusion, the sevakas of a particular group known as Daitapati perform certain Gupta (secret) nitis (rituals) of the deities. These rituals are called Anasara nitis. On Pratipada tithi i.e. the day before the Ratha Yatra, the deities give darsan to thousands of eager devotees. This darsan is known as Nabajaubana Darsan. A special niti (rite) called “Netrotchhaba” takes place on this occasion. On this day onwards, the holy Ratha yatra period actually starts till the deities return back to the main temple after spending some days in the Sri Gundicha temple.
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