Puri, July 21: During Sunabesha, the deities of Jagannath temple are adorned with golden attires.
According to the Records of Rights of Puri Jagannath temple, the temple treasury known as the “Bhitara Bhandara” has 150 gold articles comprising three necklaces of 120 tola or 1.4 kg weight each of the limbs, hands and feet.
Lord Jagannath and Balabhadra’s ornaments are made in gold of 818 tola or 9.54 kg and 710 tola or 8.28 kg of weight, respectively.
Decorative crowns of the deities Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra weigh around 610 tolas or 7.12 kg, 434 tola or 5 kg and 274 tola or 3.2 kg respectively.
According to the temple administration sources, the total weight of the gold ornaments used to adorn the deities weighed more than 208 kg, initially made in 138 designs.
From the gold repository of the Bhitara Bhandara, the pieces of jewelry have been carved to decorate the deities on the Sunabesa.
The following ornaments are used to decorate the Deities during Sunabesha on the chariots:
• Suna Hasta – Golden Hand
• Suna Payar – Golden feet
• Suna Mukuta – Golden Crown
• Suna Mayur Chandrika – A golden peacock feather used by Lord Jagannath
as Sri Krishna headpiece
• Suna Chulapati – A golden ornament worn traditionally on the forehead to
increase the beauty of the face
• Suna Kundal – Golden earring of hanging round ball type
• Suna Rahurekha – A half square shaped golden aura around the face of the
• Suna Mala – Necklaces with several designs made of gold. These include:
• Padma Mala – Lotus Shaped
• Sevati Mala – Shaped Like Small Sun Flower
• Agasti Mala – Moon Shaped flower design
• Kadamba Mala – Kadamba Flower Design (Round ball shape)
• Kante Mala – Big Gold Beads Design
• Mayur Mala – Shaped in Peacock feathers
• Champa Mala – Shaped liked Yellow champa Flower
• Suna Chakra – Golden Wheel
• Suna Gada – Golden bludgeon
• Suna Padma – Golden lotus
• Rupa Sankha – A silver conch