Report by OD bureau; Puri: Puri was packed tight as a sea of humanity turned up to watch the trinity Deities-Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra don glittering gold jewelries aboard their respective chariots on the grand occasion of Sunabesa at Puri on Saturday.
Despite heavy rainfall in Puri more than 8 lakh devotees turned up on Sunabesa. The darshan of the devotees started from 5 pm onwards. The darshan would continue till 11.00 pm. Pilgrims were allowed near the chariots in queue.
The Temple Administration arranged barricades and queue system for smooth flow of pilgrims. Security was increased around the chariots to avoid any untoward incident.
The servitors fetched the gold ornaments from the shrine’s Bhandar Ghar according to schedule. The Daitapati and Puspalaka servitors were assigned to decorate the Deities with the dazzling gold ornaments.
Meanwhile, the presiding sibling Deities of Jagannath Temple will enter the sanctum sanctorum on Sunday. The occasion is called Niladri Bije of the Deities. The chariots of the Deities were pulled back to the Jagannath Temple on Bahuda Yatra (homecoming or return Car festival) on Friday.