Debasnana Purnima: A Festival that Purifies the Soul and Strengthens Our Bond with the Divine

“Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah” – May all beings be happy

Debasnana Purnima, one of the most auspicious festivals celebrated in the holy city of Puri, marks the divine bathing ceremony of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra. This grand event, steeped in ancient traditions and spiritual fervor, draws countless devotees from across the world to witness the celestial bathing ritual of the revered deities.

Significance of Debasnana Purnima

Debasnana Purnima, also known as Snana Yatra, is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Jyeshtha, which usually falls in June. This festival holds immense religious significance as it is believed to be the birthday of Lord Jagannath. The deities are taken out in a grand procession from the sanctum sanctorum of the Jagannath Temple to the Snana Mandap, an elevated platform where the bathing ritual takes place.

During the Snana Yatra, the deities are bathed with 108 pitchers of consecrated water drawn from the sacred Suna Kua (Golden Well). This ritual is not only a symbolic act of purification but also a manifestation of the deities’ divine powers and their ability to cleanse the sins of the devotees.

A Message to All and the People of Odisha

Debasnana Purnima is not just a festival; it is a celebration of faith, devotion, and cultural heritage. It serves as a reminder of the eternal bond between the deities and their devotees, and the timeless traditions that have been passed down through generations.

To all the devotees and the people of Odisha, this festival is an opportunity to come together in reverence and celebration. It is a time to seek the blessings of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra, and to immerse oneself in the spiritual grandeur of the occasion.

As we celebrate Debasnana Purnima, let us remember the values of purity, devotion, and compassion that the festival embodies. Let us embrace the spirit of unity and brotherhood, and spread the message of love and harmony.

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