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Netrotsava at Puri Jagannath Temple

Netrotsava at PuriJagannathTemple is a ritual performed a couple of days before the Rath Yatra. Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra remain confined for fifteen days after Snana Purnima. In 2018, the date of Netrotsava is July 13. It is believed that the deities get fever after the ritualistic bath. During the fifteen day period, the idols are given a fresh coat of paint. The day when the eyes of the deities are painted is known as Netrotsava.

After Snana Poornima, the deities do not appear before public and remain confined and this period is known as Anabasara. Netrotsava is also referred as the occasion for the renewal of youth of the deities – Navayauvana.

The eyes of the deities are given a fresh coat of paint by the respected priests. The first rains of monsoon season also arrive by this time. Devotees get a glimpse of Lord Jagannath and other deities after a period of 15-days after the Netrotsava ceremony.

Ancient Hindu Wisdom Quotes

One gets to meet experts in the fields of policy, astrology, scriptures and Vedas. Even the knowers of Brahman can be found. But rare indeed is to be found a person aware of his ignorance! Know that, everyday, the sun rises and sets and takes away along with him daily a portion of your life and therefore do good actions, ever and anon. All your earnings end up in your house. Kith and kin are only up to the cemetery. The unseen results of your deeds, both good and bad, alone will accompany you after death.