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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Snana-Yatra this Sunday!

2:20:00 AM By Vijay Teli

A sure sign that the annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) is just around the corner (July 14-15, 2012) is the annual Jagannatha Snana-Yatra festival! Snana-Yatra, a wonderful festival, wherein Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama and Lady Subhadra will be bathed amidst amazing kirtan and chanting!

The bathing ceremony will take place from 6:45-8:00pm. Please note that Lord Jagannatha's altar will not be open for the 8:00pm Arati. After the bathing ceremony (Snana-Yatra), Lord Jagannātha apparently becomes sick. He is therefore removed to His private quarters, where no one can see Him. Actually, during this period the body of the Jagannātha Deity is repainted, this is called nava-yauvana.

During the Ratha-Yatra Festival on July 14th, Lord Jagannātha will once again come before the public. Thus for thirteen days after the bathing ceremony, Lord Jagannātha is not visible to any visitors! Don't miss out this last opportunity to see Lord Jagannatha before his grand Ratha-Yatra festival!

The schedule for the evening will be as follows:
   6:00pm to 6:30pm – Kirtan (Arati)
   6:30pm to 6:45pm – Welcome & Announcements
   6:45pm to 8:00pm – Bathing Ceremony (Snana-Yatra)
   8:00pm to 8:30pm  - Kirtan (Arati)
   8:30pm to 9:30pm – Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)