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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Snanayatra, SnAnayAtrA, Snaanayaatraa

The purṇimā during the month of Jyeṣṭha, Jyeṣṭhapurṇimā[1] is known as the Snānayātrā day. This is the day on which Lord Jagannātha of Puri is said to have incarnated himself in the present form of that image. On this occasion, all the three images are brought out of the temple on to a platform and anointed by 108 pitchers of sacred water to the accompaniment of music and Vedic chants. The images are then dressed in resplendent clothes.


  1. It generally falls in May-June.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore