Sunabesha On Pausha Purnima Delayed By 5 Hours, SJTA Orders Probe

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has ordered an inquiry into the inordinate delay in ‘Sunabesha’ rituals of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra on the occasion of Pausha Purnima today.

Chief Administrator Dr Krishan Kumar said the matter has been taken very seriously by the SJTA. “We are concerned over sentiments of the devotees being hurt due to the delay in the ‘Niti’ (rituals). An inquiry has been ordered into the matter.”

“There was a dispute between two ‘Nijogs’ (sections of servitor bodies) which led to the delay. A panel headed by the Collector will discuss the matter with the Nijogs. We will try to resolve the matter, going by the Record of Rights (RoR) of Srimandir. The RoR will be our basis to settle the dispute,” he said.

Dr Kumar added that the Niti Administrator has been asked to probe if any specific person is creating the problem and delay in rituals. “On the basis of this report, action will be taken. If any reforms are necessary, that would also be done.”

Pausha Purnima is one of those special days when devotees get to see the ‘Sunabesha’ of the Lords. A large number of devotees throng Srimandir on this day to offer special prayers and witness the ‘Rajadhiraj Besha’ or ‘Suna Besha’ of Lord Jagannath and His siblings.

According to reports, the Sunabesha rituals were delayed by at least five hours today which left the devotees disheartened. It was the first Sunabesha after the temple gates reopening for devotees following relaxation in COVID restrictions.

Dr Krishan Kumar, Chief Administrator, SJTA