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16 Besa or costume of Lord Jagannath


The Veshas or costumes of Lord Jagannath symbolize various cultural and religious syntheses in the shrine. Every day from early morning to night the deities on the Ratna Singhasan wear different attires made of cotton and silk fabrics, Gold Ornaments studded with precious stones, flowers of different varieties, tulsi leaves etc. Sandal paste, camphor and sometimes musks are used in the daily and periodical rituals.

The sevaks of the temple who dress the deities in clothing and flowers are known as Puspalaks or Singharis. The Lord of the Universe is incarnated in 16 Vesas.  Here we share 16 Besa of Lord Jagannath.

List of 16 Besa of Lord Jagannath – 

  • Abakasa Besha
  • Badasighara Besha
  • Bamana Besha
  • Chachery Besha
  • Chandanlagi Besha
  • Dalikia (Laxmi-Nrusingh) Besha
  • Kaliadalan Besha
  • Krushna Balaram Besha
  • Laxmi Narayan  Besha
  • Nagarjuna Besha
  • Pralambhasura Badha  Besha
  • Radha Damodar Besha
  • Raja rajeswar Besha
  • Sradha  Besha
  • Suna Besha





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