Elaborate security measures have been taken for the Suna Besha (Gold Attire) of the Lords, which will begin in Odisha’s holy town Puri this afternoon.
Braving intermittent heavy rain, lakhs of devotees from across the country thronged the pilgrim town to witness Bahuda Yatra yesterday.
The Daitapati servitors performed all rituals of the Lords on the chariots in front of the Shri Jagannath Temple in the morning while the process for the Suna Besha of the Lords would begin at 4 PM.The servitors would perform the Sandhya Alati and Sandhya Dhupa of the Lords during Suna Besha darshan.
Puri Gajapati Dibya Singh Deb solemnized ‘Chera Pahanra’ (sweeping of chariots) in the afternoon and after that the devotees started pulling the colourfully decorated chariots on the 2.5 km grand road at around 4 p.m.
Puri Superintendent of Police Ashish Singh said elaborate security arrangements were made for the Bahuda Yatra.
“We have also made sectoral deployment with senior officers and forces along the lanes and by-lanes connecting the Bada Danda to avoid criss-cross movement of the crowd. To keep an eye on the movement of suspect elements, CCTVs have been installed at various places around the chariots and the Bada Danda. Compared to the number of devotees during Rath Yatra, we expect more devotees during Suna Besha today,” Singh added.
Meanwhile, one person died due to suffocation while he was busy in ‘Naam Sankirtan’ on the grand road amid the congregation of lakhs of people to have a glimpse of the deities.
Puri hospital sources confirmed he was a cardiac patient.
The return of the deities follows the same rituals as performed during the Ratha Yatra.