Puri: The special ritual of the holy Trinity, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra will be held at Srimandir here today for which the temple will remain closed for devotees for five hours in the evening.
According to the temple authorities, the Banakalagi ritual will be performed by Dutta Mohapatra servitors between 5 pm to 10 pm, during which the public darshan will remain suspended.
Notably, the Banakalagi ritual happens to be a secret ritual of the deities also known as ‘Srimukha Sringara’. During this ritual, the servitors apply fresh colours on the idols of the deities with an objective of restoring their original look.
The ‘Banaka’ is prepared from different types of natural colours like Hingula, Haritala, Kasturi, Keshar and the glue of Kaintha to be later applied to the idols.