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‘Nagarjuna Besa’ To Be Held On Friday Amid Watertight Security At Puri Jagannath Temple

Puri: The ‘Nagarjuna Besa’ of Lord Jagannath and his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra will be held on Friday (November 27). However, devotees cannot witness this rare Besa or attire of the Lords this time due to the ongoing restrictions in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, a meeting of the Chhatisa Nijog was held at Puri to chalk out modalities of rituals during the Nagarjuna Besa. It was decided that devotees will not be allowed to gather for the darshan of ‘Patita Pabana’ (Lord Jagannath’s idol at ‘Singhadwar’ or the Lion’s Gate or the East Gate of the temple). There will be no online darshan on the day of Nagarjuna Besa.

Shree Jagannath Temple Administriation (SJTA) Chief Administrator Dr Krishan Kumar said, “The attire will be brought to the temple late on Thursday night and will be kept securely at the Abadha (offering) distribution section of Srimandir. The district administration and police will have full bandobast to ensure that law and order is maintained and the COVID protocols are followed.”

There will be a three-layered security guarding the temple on Friday. Other than the Jagannath Temple servitors, no one else will be allowed into the shrine. Anyone who tries to enter will face strict action. Besides, no one would be allowed to carry mobile phones into the temple, Kumar added.

This Besa is observed during Kartika month occasionally when Panchuka (last five days of Kartika month) observed as six days instead of five. As per mythological information, the Nagarjuna Besa is celebrated in commemoration of killing of Sahashrarjuna by Parsuram or battle between Arjua and his son Nagarjuna. The deities adorned with golden hands, legs, bids and weapons made of Gold.

The lords are dressed like warriors in Nagarjuna Besa. In the recent past, the Nagarjuna Besa was done November 11, 1994. Devotees beeline Puri to catch a glimpse of the Lords during Nagarjuna Besa. However, this year, the devotees will miss the rare Besa due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Dr. Krishan Kumar, Chief Administrator, SJTA

Balwant Singh, Collector, Puri

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