The festival of Snana Yatra is celebrated in the month of Jestha. It is most popularly known as Deba Snana Purnima. This is among those precious occasions in the due course of year when the deities Lord Jagannath, Lord Balaram and Subhadra Devi allowed themselves to be bathed by devotees following the original tradition of worship at Jagannath Puri.
Snana Yatra is considered to be the most important pastime of Lord Jagannath. The abhishek or bathing ceremony is performed enthusiastically and carries on for hours in amidst kirtans which glorify the Lordships and the chanting of the Mahamantra.
It is believed that after the Snana Yatra, all the three Lords fall ill, and so They are supplied with medicines and take rest until They are fully rejuvenated for Ratha Yatra. During Their sick period, bhoga comprising of medicinal herbs are offered and the deities will not be present at the altar to give Their dharshan during an approximate 2 week period, which is known as Anavasara.
At TODU, devotees will bring over their Lord Jagannath, Lord Balaram and Subhadra Devi deities from home to be bathed along in the presence of Sri Sri Radha Krishna Kanhaiya & Nitai Gauranga Rai. The Lordships will be bathed with auspicious items such as honey, milk, yogurt, rose water and heaps more.
p.s : TODU is yet to have a presiding deities of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balaram and Subhadra Devi. We hope to have them with us soon.
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