- Mangal Aarati ( opening of the Door and first ritual aarati ) at 5 a.m.
- Mailam at 6 a.m. – Removal of dresses and flowers etc of previous night worn by the Deities.
- Abakash at 6 a.m. to 6.30 a.m.- Purificatory rites like brushing of teeth and ritual bath
- Mailam at 6.45 a.m.: Wearing of another clothes with Bal Dhoop
- Beshalagi at 8 a.m – Wearing different ornaments with gold and precious stones to suit different festive occasions.
- Gopala Ballabha Puja at 9 a.m. Morning breakfast / Prasad offered to Lord
- Sakala Dhupaat 10 a.m-Morning food offering 16 Upachars or Sodasha Upachars.
- Madhyanha from 12:30 p.m. to p.m. -Afternoon Prasad offering
- Madhyanha Pahudha from 2 p.m. to 4.00 p.m -Deities retire or resting for the afternoon.
- Sandhya Aarati at 6:30 p.m : Evening Aaratis after Madhyana Dhupa Mailam.
- Sandhya Dhupa – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m, After “Sandhya Aarati” again Prasad are offered to the deities . After Puja again lamp offering is made which is called as “Jaya Mangala Aarati”.
- Mailam and Chandana lagi: After “Sandhya Dhoopa” deities change their clothes and are annointed with Sandal paste mixed with champhor, keshar and Kasturi.
- Badashringar Vesha : After Chandan lagi, deities are dressed with Baralagi Patta (silken robes on which some portions of Geeta Govinda of Jayadev are woven in to the texture of these robes) and flower ornaments.
- Badashringara Bhoga: This is the last bhoga of the day. Puja is offered with Pancha Upachar with Pakhal (watered rice), Kadali bada, Kshiri, Kanji etc.
- Khata Seja Lagi and Pahuda at 12.00 noon : The bedsteads of the Deities are arranged for Their sleeping.
According to Skandha Purana when Raja Indradyumna installed the wooden Deities he arranged this bathing ceremony. This day considered to be the birthday of Lord Jagannath.
It is the Preliminary function of Annual Rath Yatra (Car festival). The bathing festival takes place during the morning hours of the Purnima Tithi. The filled vessels are carried from Bhoga Mandap to the Snana Bedi by the Suaras/Daitapatis in a long single-line procession. This ritual is called ‘Jaladhibasa‘ (Jala – water, abhishek – bath).
The bathing festival starts in the morning. On each vessel of water there is a coconut and a cloth called Karia.These are brought from Bhog mandap to Snana Bedi by Garabdu Sevaka by covering their mouth with clothes. After the pujas are performed by Pati Mahapatras, these sebakas start pouring water on the Deities . During this ritual , hymns are chanted.
After the bath Deities are dressed up like Ganesha.This is called Gajanana Besha.It is said those who takes darshan of this Besha their soul get purified and all the sins are washed off.
Following snana Purnima the Deities fall ill and are placed in isolation to observe Anabasara. Anabasar is observed for 15 days. During this period the Deities undergo treatment for recovery. All restoration work including repainting of the Deities is made taken. After repaint and decoration the Lord appears before the devotees which is called Nabajauban (Renewed Youth Incarnation) one day before this Netrostav is observed soon after the Deities are recovered from illness. Then follow the great car festival or Rath Yatra.
Schedule for Deva Snana Purnima
- 5 am Mangalarpana & preparation for ‘Pahandi’ – The deities would be escorted in ceremonial Pahandi procession by Daita servitors to the Snana Mandap.
- 30 am to 11.30 am Jalabhisek Puja – The deities would be bathed with scented water brought in 108 pitchers. The water drawn from a special well called “Sunakua” inside the temple complex by the Garabadu servitors would be used.
- 15 pm Chhera Pahanra – Following the ritual, Gajapati king would sweep the floors of the Snan Mandap with a golden broom.
- 30 pm and 3 pm Gaja Besha preparation – The deities would dressed in special attires looking like Lord Ganesha popularly called Haati Vesha.
- 30 pm to 9.30 pm ‘Hati Vesha’ (Gajanana Besh) Darshan – The Vesha would start from afternoon and continue till night. The devotees would be allowed to go to the bathing altar to offer prayers.
- Later, the deities would be shifted to AnasaraGhar (sick chamber) as they had fallen “sick” after taking bath.