Banaka Lagi Ritual of Living Trinity Today
Puri: The Holy Trinity (Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra) along with Lord Sudarshan of Puri Srimandir will adorn a new look after a special make-up ritual today. The ritual is called as the Banaka Lagi. Following the ritual, the general darshan of the deities will be restricted for about four hours, from 6 pm to 10 pm, today, informed Shree Jagannatha Temple Administration (SJTA).
According to sources, Banaka Lagi is performed by a particular class of servitor called Datta Mahapatra. Datta Mohapatra servitors will perform the secret ritual, the traditional ‘shringar’ of the deities at the 12th-century shrine.
The formal procedure will be performed on the second Bhoga Mandap behind the Garuda pillar of Jagamohan. As per tradition, the ‘shringar’ rituals of the sibling deities are generally held seven to eight times a year starting with the one after the Niladri Bije ritual following Rath Yatra.