Puri: Following the ceremonial holy bath on Snan Purnima, Lord Jagannath and His sibling deities is now giving darshan to devotees in Gajanana Besha (Elephant attire) atop the Snan Mandap (Bathing platform) at the Shree Jagananth Temple here.
Thousands of devotees have thronged the pilgrim town to witness the Gajanana Besha of the Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra.
Earlier in this morning the deities were taken in a Goti Pahandi (the ritual in which the deitiesare brought out of the sanctum sanctorum one after another) to the ‘Snan Bedi’ situated near the Anand Bazaar on the temple premises where they were bathed by the servitors publicly with 108-pitcher aromatic water.
Following the holy bath, the sibling deities give darshan to the devotees in Gaja Besha or (elephant attire) on the Snan Bedi.
As many as 42 platoons of police, including three commandants, nine Deputy Commandants or ASPs, 37 Inspectors, 16 DSPs, 225 officers, 42 platoon police and 550 home guards have had been deployed to make the grand event incident-free.