Rath Yatra 2017: ‘Nabajouban Darshan’ of deities today

After remaining out of bounds for a fortnight, the holy trinity of Lord Jagannath temple at Puri appeared before devotees in a youthful avatar on the occasion of Nabajouban darshan this morning. Deities were given traditional cosmetic care of the face performed called ‘Banak laagi’ by a special set of servitors before they appear for public darshan today morning. Lakhs of devotees made a long queue to have first glimpse of Chaturdhamurti: Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra along with Sudarshan, who were seemingly taken ill after a grand shower on Deba Snan Purnima on June 9. However, the darshan was delayed for around four hours following the delay in rituals of deities inside the temple. As per information received, the beach town Puri is all set for the nine-day Rath Yatra, which will kick off from tomorrow. Carpenters are giving finishing touches to the construction work of chariots. This will be a testing time for the district administration as the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration has banned touching of the deities by devotees during pahandi or atop chariots during the Rath Yatra this year. The Temple administration already said touching of deities by devotees or devotees in disguise will be considered as a cognizable offence. Elaborate arrangements have been made for Nabajouban darshan and Rath Yatra of the deities inside and outside the temple.

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