Puri: Thousands of devotees today congregated at Sri Jagannath temple here to witness the Snan Yatra of the trinity, the divine bathing ritual of the Lord Jagannath of his siblings.
As per the ritual, the deities were escorted to the Sanana Bedi or bathing altar in Dhadi Pahandi.
Lord Sudarsan was first escorted to the Snana Bedi followed by Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Goddess Subhadra at last.
The deities will take bath with 108 pitchers filled with aromatic water from the ‘Suna Kua’, the divine well on the temple premises. Lord Jagannath will bath in 35 pots of water, Lord Balabhadra in 33 pots, devi Subhadra in 22 pots and Lord Sudarshan will take the divine bath with 18 pots of water. The divine well was purified yesterday for the Snana Yatra ritual.
After the bathing ritual, devotees can have a glimpse of the trinity in Gajanan Besa (elephant appearance).
Elaborate arrangements have been made for ritual at the shrine. Barricades have been erected in front of Singhdwar. 42 platoons of police have been deployed and 250 officers have been engaged for the smooth darshan of devotees. Devotees can enter the bathing altar through Singhdwar and can exit through North gate after having darshan, SJTA chief PK Mohapatra said.
The ritual is a prelude to the annual Rath Yatra to commence on July 14.