First Snan-yatra Held at Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School
The first Snan yatra of the recently installed deities of Lord Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadradevi at Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School was performed on 23 June. Snan yatra is a special bathing ceremony of Lord Jagannath that takes place on Jyestha Purnima to commemorate the appearance day of Lord Jagannath. According to Skanda Purana, when King Indradyumna installed the wooden Deities, he arranged this bathing ceremony.
The Snan yatra began ceremoniously on a specially created platform as pujaris and brahmana initiated devotees performed abhishek of panca-gavya, carnamrita, flower petals and other sacred substances to the utsava-murtis of Sri Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadradevi. The colorfully decorated temple hall at the school was filled with devotees and visitors who participated in the ceremony through chanting of Hare Krishna mantra and Sri Jagannathastakam. Following the abhishek, HG RamaRupa Das enlightened one and all about the significance of Snan yatra and shared several delightful pastimes of Lord Jagannath. The event concluded with a special feast for all.
As is done traditionally in Puri, the Deities shall be kept away from public view for fifteen days following the Snan yatra. During this period, a picture frame of Lord Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra shall be set up on the altar for darshan and worship.