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Snana Yatra in Odisha commemorates the appearance of Lord Jagannath

The Snana Yatra is a sacred festival for the devotees of Lord Jagannath. It is a 'bathing festival' celebrated on a full moon day in the Hindu month of Jyeshtha

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Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra. This year, Snana Yatra was on June 9 in Odisha. Wikimedia
  • Snana Yatra is a sacred festival to commemorate Lord Jagannath
  • It is celebrated by his devotees on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Jyestha 
  • On this day, the deities Jagannath, Subhadra, Balabharda, and Madanmohan are ceremoniously bathed and decorated

June 09, 2017: On the holy festival of Snana Yatra, large crowds of devotees come to the Jagannath Temple in Odisha to commemorate the appearance of Lord Jagannath. It takes place in the Hindu month of Jyestha on a Purnima (full moon) day. This year, it was on June 9.

Lord Jagannath is the deity worshiped by Buddhists and Hindus. Lord Jagannath means the ‘Lord of the Universe’. Most worshippers and be found in Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Gujarat, Assam, and Manipur.

A day before the Snana Yatra, the images of Jagannath, Sudarshana, Balabhadra, and Subhadra are taken to the procession which is called the snana-vedi (bathing pandal). The procession is known as ‘Pahandi’ in the local language.

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Shri Jagannath Temple, Puri. Wikimedia

The proceedings are known to be sacred. The Devotees strongly believe that getting a glimpse of this bathing ceremony of the Lord will wash away their sins. Hence, the ceremony attracts people from different places in large numbers. The bathing platform is 76 feet high which makes it visible to people outside the temple as well.

The snana-vedi is beautifully decorated with traditional paintings of trees and gardens. The deities are decorated with flowers. The bathing water is ritually purified water drawn from the northern well of the temple only once on this day of the year.

After the bathing ritual, the ceremony is concluded by dressing the Lord Jagannath in an elephant headgear symbolic of Lord Ganesha.

– by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

 

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Sale Of Cow-Dung Cakes In US Store Elicited Witty Responses On Twitter

Sale of cow-dung cakes at US store fuels Twitterati's imagination

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The sale of cow-dung cakes in a US store for Rs 215 elicited witty responses from users on twitter. Pixabay

A Twitter post by an Indian journalist on Monday on the sale of cow-dung cakes in a US store for Rs 215 elicited witty responses from users.

“My cousin sent me this. Available at a grocery store in Edison, New Jersey. $2.99 only. My question: Are these imported from desi cows or are they from Yankee cows?” Samar Halarnkar tweeted on his handle @samar11.

The accompanying picture showed a packet of 10 cow-dung cakes, with the label duly informing prospective customers that the product was meant only for “religious purposes” and was “not eatable” (sic).

The post got quite a few humorous reactions. One user wrote: “Better to market them as ‘Cow Dung Cookies’ in the US.”

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A US store is selling Cow-dunk cakes for fuel. Pixabay

“It does not guarantee the ‘cakes’ are made from Cow-Dung from cows native to India,” said another user.

One tweet said: “Product of India”.

Another asked: “Is that from buffalo??? Raw material Input/output High!!!”

One raised suspicion on the quality of the product in a witty way: “Morality question is kya inka character dheela hai #sorrynotsorry.”

“If someone wants to eat them, they should be allowed to do so,” read a tweet.

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One user reminded that “Religious or not, this is good fuel for conventional Punjabi cooking.”

In a cheeky play on words, one user said: “Isko dekh kar maine DUNG reh gaya.”

Earlier this year, Amazon was selling ‘natural’ coconut shells for nearly Rs 1,400. (IANS)

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