Puri: While devotees are not able to visit the Bada Danda in Puri for the ‘darshan’ (holy glimpse) of the ‘Suna Besha’ of Lord Jagannath and His siblings, two sisters of the pilgrim town have created a replica of the Lord’s golden attire in their home.
Susmita Pattnaik (24) and Nandini Pattanaik (15) of Marchikote Lane in Puri town have designed a 14-inch high idol of Lord Jagannath’s Suna Besha. The sisters dedicated two days to build the idol with 500 ice-cream sticks, cardboard, and artificial colours.
Suna Besha of the deities is observed five times a year when the Lord and His siblings adorn with gold and jewellery. But the one observed during Bahuda is called the Bada-Tadau Besha, where Tadau stands for gold. The amount of gold in this is much more than in all Suna Beshas.
The Bada-Tadau Besha is the only Suna Besha done outside the temple in the chariots. On this occasion gold plates, Sri Hasta and Sri Payara, are decorated over the hands and feet of Jagannath and Balabhadra. Lord Jagannath is also adorned with a disc, Chakra, made of gold on the right hand while a silver conch adorns the left hand.