Pushyabhishek 2014 at Puri Jagannath Temple in Orissa – Pushya Abhishek

Pushyabhishek is an important annual ritual performed at the world famous Puri Jagannath Temple in Orissa in Paush month. Pushyabhishek 2013 date is January 16. It is observed on the Pushya Nakshatra day in Paush month – it coincides with Paush Purnima or the full moon day in the month. Abhishek means ‘to shower’.

The day is the ceremonial crowning of Lord Jagannath. He is the made the king on the day. The belief is that Trimurtis, Gods, Devas and Saints arrive to witness the Pushyabhishek.

There is a belief that the Trimurtis, Gods, Devas and Saints assembled near the sea at Puri. Therefore the sea is also worshipped on the day. It is also believed that it is a rare opportunity in a calendar year to pray to all the gods at a single holy spot.

On the day special pujas are observed for peace and prosperity of all the living beings on the earth.

The highlight of the day is the Samudra Aarti – or prayer to the sea. It is attended by thousands of devotees.