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The full moon day of Falgun (Feb-Mar) is known as Dola Purnima.

On this day, Lord Jagannath and His siblings are adorned with gold ornaments. The Suna Besha is also called Rajadhiraja Besha.Lord Jagannath appears like a RAJA (Sovereign Emperor) by wearing different gold ornaments. The diaties wear silk patas, with gold sareepada(feet), Sri Hasta(gold hand) holding silver crunch shell and golden wheel. Lord Balabhadra holds golden plough and golden shovel in this vesha.

Suna Besha on Dola Purnima is one the five Suna Beshas of Lord Jagannath and His siblings performed in a year.

On the holy day, Lord Madanmohan, who is the Chalanti Pratima (representative idol) of Lord Jagannath, was taken out of Garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) of the temple to Dola Mandap, where the devotees offered herbal colours to the Lord on the eve of Holi festival before playing the colours with others outside the temple.

“It is believed that ‘Dole cha Dola Govindam, Chape cha Madhusudanam, Rathe tu vamanam drustwa punarjanma na vidyate‘. A devotee, who gets darshan of Lord Jagannath on Dola Purnima, Chandan Purnima as well as on chariot during Ratha Jatra, will attain salvation. Today, Lord Jagannath is being worshipped as Dola Govinda. After taking a round of Ratna Singhasan, along with Sridevi and Bhudevi, Dola Govinda moved around Srimandir and Dola Mandap seven and 21 times respectively before being placed on the Mandap to give darshan as Lord Krishna during this auspicious festival,”

This is the special occasion when the devotees and Lord Jagannath as Dola Govinda celebrate festival of colours together. The Lord plays with devotees with a varieties of colours made from herbs like naga keshar, mutha, ankaranti and karpur on Dola Purnima.

Source - Sambad

Art By - Suryakant

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