Thousands Witness Bathing Of Deities At Jagannath Temple
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Thousands of devotees gathered at the Jagannath Temple in Odisha as priests bathed the idols of the main trinity of deities ahead of the annual Rath Yatra. The idols of Lords Jagannath and Balabhadra and Subhadra were brought out of the temple a fortnight ahead of the Rath Yatra and bathed. It is believed that immediately after, the gods fall ill; they are taken to their aunt’s place at Mausi Maa Temple during the Yatra. On Monday, the idols were brought out of the temple for their first annual bath since they replaced the earlier ones last year. Idols are replaced every 12 or 19 years. Several police officials and security guards were stationed across the premises to manage the crowd. The idols will now be kept in seclusion for two weeks, till the Rath Yatra commences on July 06.