This is a very beautiful vesha. It is done before the night time ‘pahuda’, when the deities can take rest. Simply stated, it is the ‘night dress’ of Jagannath and siblings Balabhadra and Subhadra.
It is therefore the vesha the deities appear in the following morning, for mangala arati.
This vesha is mostly made of different kinds of flowers. The Lords are decorated with flowered ornaments known locally in Puri as adhara, jhumpa, gava, chandrika, tilak, alaka, guna, hruda pallava, karapallava and tadaki among others.
The Deities also wear many flower garlands, some with tulasi leaves, and silk clothes called khandua.
Costume Of Lord JagannathOn each and every day, the Abakash Besha (vesha) of Sri Lord Jagannath is made soon after completetion of Mangala Arati & Mailam.
The schedule time of this Besha is between 6 AM to 6:30 AM . The morning brushing of teeth and procedure of bathing of deities is known as Abakash. It is said that this abakasha vesha has been inducted into the daily rituals by Acharya Sankara i.e. Adi Shankara, in the 9th century B.C. during the reign of HRH Gajapati Maharaja Jajati, who ordered its induction into the daily rituals.
In this Besha, the Puspalaka is offering three Pata to each Deities i.e Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra.
One Cloth ais lso offred to Lord Sudarshana .
In addition to that the napkins are also offered to Jagannath & Balavadra as ‘Utariya’ during this Besha.
The SJC Logo comprises an eight petal lotus yantra of crimson red (satva guna) petals in the eight karmic directions with each petal being an offering made of pure devotion (bhakti – devotional ecstatic love) to the digpala (deities of the directions), so that we may be released on the karmic bondage. The deities are –
This is the inner pedestal of the inner heart chakra (anahata chakra) while the outward is the twelve petal lotus comprising the twelve sun signs.
Sri Jagannath, the lord of the Universe is the paramatma in the center witnessing all the little games and frolic (lila) going on with each of the creation. May we have His sight to witness all the events of the universe as they unfold.
Sri Jagannath Center
Sri Jagannath Center (SJC) was established in 1998 in India with the objective of teaching jyotish in the time honored tradition of maharishi Parasara and Jaimini and sages of yore. The tradition traces its lineage to Mahapurush Achyuta Dasa, the disciple of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Jyotish or Vedic astrology is taught by a panel of jyotish gurus in the traditional jyotish parampara of Sri Achyuta Dasa of Jagannath, Puri.
SJC attempts to infuse the highest standards of integrity through the strict discipline of yogic practices of Vedic tradition including training in remedial measures. Meditation including dhyana, dharana, and pranayama is taught to ensure spiritual discipline while classes on scriptures and Sanskrit ensure a balanced spiritual growth along with the knowledge of astrology.
SJC aims at continuing the time honoured guru-shishya tradition and is dedicated to the propagation of Vedic and Vedic Astrology learning covering the gamut of allied subjects including astrology, scriptural studies and mantra shastra, numerology, vastu shastra, shakuna Shastra, swapna shastra and yoga.
It concentrates on propagating research in the highest scholastic tradition in the different areas of jyotish and aims at demystifying the subject by rescuing it from the hands of quacks, while restoring its dignity and prestige that it enjoyed previously.
SJC has numerous students around the world who are connected through e-lists (Achyuta Gurukulam, Varahamihira, Vedic Astrology) and free online classes where there are intense discussions on a variety of issues. In more recent times, numerous study circles and centers have started around the world.
We believe that Sri Jagannath Mahaprabhu (Krishna in the form of the Universal Teacher as adored and worshipped in Puri, India) will always guide our intellect in this holy mission.