SNAN YATRA (BATHING FESTIVAL)
On Jyaistha Purnima (full moon day of
May- June) a grand bathing festival is held in Orrisa. On this auspicious occasion the images of Lord Jagannath-Balbhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshan are brought in a grand procession
to the mantras from the Vedas, 108 pots of consecrated water is poured upon the deities. Then the deities are attired ceremonially I ‘Gaja Visha’, before they retire into
seclusion for fifteen days called ‘ Anavasara Period’.