Winter Gear for Holy Siblings

Published: 21st December 2015 05:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st December 2015 05:42 AM   |  A+A-

PURI: The winter has set in at Jagannath temple with the Trinity being clothed in woollen including headgear, blankets and mufflers. Hundreds of devotees are thronging the Jagannath temple every day in the evening to witness the deities in their warm clothes.

As the winter sets in, the servitors of Jagannath temple use warm cloths like head gear made of wool and cotton, velvet blankets to cover the body and mufflers to cover the ears of the three presiding deities.  As per tradition, the colour of warm dresses for Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Lord Balabhadra and their sister Devi Subhadra keeps changing every day of the week according to star powers.

 On Monday, the colour of the dresses will be grey, on Tuesday, a typical dress reflecting five blended colours called Barapatia, blue on Wednesday, yellow on Thursday, white on Friday, black on Saturday and red cloths on  Sunday.  After the bhogs are over in the afternoon, the servitors dress the Trinity in warm clothes.  This practice will be  repeated every day from ‘Odhana Sasthi to Basanta Panchami’- Saraswati Puja. The colours are prescribed according to the ruling stars and planets of the particular day. During day time, the Lords use their routine dresses, but in the evening they are covered up with warm dresses.


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