Bhubaneswar, 16th July, 2016 (OdishaLIVE Bureau): Devotees from all parts of the world had the ‘Sunabesha darshan’ of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra on the 15th July at the holy grounds of Puri.
The deities are ornamented with gold jewellery on their respective chariots before the Singhadwara (Lions Gate) of Sri Mandir since Bahuda Yatra day. Even though Suna Besha of the deities are observed five times in a year as per the Hindu almanac, the Suna Besha on Bahuda Ekadashi during the Rath Yatra is the cynosure and much sought-after by the devotees visiting the pilgrim town.
The gold ornaments are stored at the temple’s treasury known as Bhitaara Bhandaraghara. According to the “Records of Rights”, the bhandara has 150 gold articles comprising three necklaces of 120 tolas (each tola is equivalent to 11.33980925 grams) weight each, limbs (hands and feet) of Jagannatha and Balabhadra made in gold of 818 tolas and 710 tolas weight. Also recorded are decorative crowns of the deities Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhadra in the order of 610 tolas, 434 tolas and 274 tolas in weight. The estimated value of these ornaments is said to run into several million crores. The security of all the jewelry rests with the Temple Police force, which is controlled by the Temple Managing Committee.