Crowd Nabajouban BeSha Year 2013 Darshan Photo: Ranjan Ganguly
Naba Jaubana Besha Darshan is The Holy Sight of Juvenile Youth of Lord Jagannath. As Lord Jagannath falls ill after taking heavy bath during the Snaana Purnimaa (The Bathing Full Moon) and retires into the Anasara Ghara (The House of Rest). After a full fortnight’s treatment with herbs, complete rest and dieting; the Lord gets back his juvenile youth and He looks as enticing as ever.
These Festivals are held for the purpose of renovation of the Lord Jagannath body. After being washed the body of Lord Jagannath needs repainting, this work is done by the DAITAS, which takes two weeks to complete. Then the Lord Jagannath Deities is fully restored to youth (NAVA YOVAN).
This ceremony is performed in the inner shrine where the Deities are placed in semi-horizontal position. They have been fully painted, except their eyes. In this ceremony the eyes of the Deities are painted by their respected Pujaries and the Puja (worship) is started in the temple. The Deities are still in the same position.
After completing the above said ceremonies the Deities are taken out from the temple and placed in their respective chariots on the Ratha Yatra day.