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Snana Purnima is the day the deities are bathed by 108 pitchers of water brought from the well near Sitala temple in the precincts of the Jagannatha temple. The deities bathe, dress up in the Gajanana or Ganesha Vesha and even their daily food offering or Bhogalagi is done in full public view on the Snanamandapa. Their remains no virtual difference between the devotees and their Lord. This day deemed to be the birthday of the Lord Jagannatha also accounts for the traditions followed…

Your first 2015 Must Read: The Temple Potters of Puri is a a wonderfully readable detailed book on the beauty and devotion of the potters at Jagannatha Temple in India.