COSTUMES OF LORD JAGANNATH

The deities showing their close affinity with the human world does changes their dresses/costumes with change in time.The dresses,make up or the costume locally called as veshas starts changing with the first daily ritual of Mangala Aarati.The deities on the Ratnavedi are adorned with various gold ornament studded with precious gemes.Tulasi leaves, sandalwood paste,camphor & occasionally musk are used in the daily puja of the lords.Besides changing the dresses daily there are certain veshas which the deities use on some special occasions falling in different part of the year.

Different Veshas of Lord Jagannath

Abakasha Vesha or Tadapa Uttari Vesha This is done daily, after mangala arati, for the abakash rituals. Abakash is the tooth brushing and bathing ritual. The clothes that are worn by the deities are called 'Tadapa' and 'Uttariya.'
Badasrunghara Vesha This is a very beautiful vesha. It is done before the night time 'pahuda', when the deities are allowed to take rest. 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
Chandana Vesha This vesha is done for 42 days, beginning on Akshaya Trutiya
Hati Vesha On the full moon day of the month of Jyestha, after the bathing ceremony is over, the Deities are dressed in elephant costumes. Lord Jagannath and Lord Balabhadra are made to look like Ganapati (Ganesh, the eldest son of Shiva and Parvati)
Suna Vesha On the 11th day of the bright fortnight in the month of Ashada, when the Deities return from the Gundicha Mandir on their chariots, they appear in the Suna (Gold) Vesha. They are are decorated with golden ornaments and wear gold crowns. Lord Jagannath and Lord Balabhada appear with hands and feet made of gold. Lord Jagannath holds a golden chakra in His right hand and a silver conch shell in His left. Lord Balabhadra holds a golden club in His right hand and a golden plough in His left
Raja Vesha On the 10th day of the bright fortnight of Aswina,the full moon of Pousa and the full moon of Phalguna
Banabhoji Vesha On the 10th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadra, the Deities are dressed for a picnic, like the cowherd boys
Kaliyadalana Vesha On the 1th day of the dark fortnight of Bhadra, Lord Jagannath is dressed as Krishna in His pastime of killing the serpent Kaliya(Black Cobra)
Pralambasura Badha Vesha On the following day, the 12th day of the dark fortnight of Bhadra, the Deities are dressed to commemorate Lord Balabhadra's pastime of killing the demon Prahlamba
Krishna-Balarama Vesha On the 13th day of the dark fortnight of Bhadra, Lord Jagannath and Lord Balabhadra are dressed very attractively as Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama
Bali Vamana Vesha On the 12th day of the bright fortnight Bhadra, Lord Jagannath is dressed like the dwarf brahmin Vamana, who defeated the demon Bali. Vamanadeva was one of the das avatars, the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu
Radha-Damodara Vesha For an entire lunar month, from the 11th day of the bright fortnight of Ashwina to the 10th day of the bright fortnight of Kartika, the Deities are dressed in this vesha. Damodara refers to the lord with a rope tied around His waist, which relates to Krishna's pastimes with Mother Yashoda
Laxmi Narayana Vesha This Vesha is also known as ‘Thiakia Vesha’. It is done on the 11th day of the bright fortnight of Kartika. It is stated that the worship of Lakshmi and Narayana has gained popularity in Jagannath awareness
Bankachuda Vesha It is done on Kartika Sukla Dwadasi Tithi (the 12th day of the bright fortnight in Kartika). This is similar to that of Lakshmi Narayan Vesha with the addition of golden headgear
Adakia Vesha This Besha is also known as ‘Trivikrama Vesha’. It is done on Kartika Sukla Trayodasi (the 13th day of the bright fortnight in Kartika)
Dalikia Vesha This Vesha is done on Kartika Sukla Chaturdasi tithi (the 14th day of the bright fortnight of Kartika). This is also known as 'Lakshmi Nrushingha Vesha'. The very name of the decoration indicates that the powerful cult of Nrushingha was given due respect and significance in Lord Jagannatha Temple
Raja Rajeswari Vesha This Vesha takes place on Kartika Purnima Tithi (fullmoon day of Kartika month). Thousands of devotees go to Jagannath Temple on this day to have a darshan of this beautiful vesha and to get the blessing of Lord Jagannath
Chacheri Vesha From the 9th day of the bright fortnight to the full moon of Jyestha except the 14th day
Nagarjuna Vesha This vesha honors Parasurama, the warrior incarnation. It is used only occasionally. It happens during the month of Kartika, when there are six days of Panchuka. This was done six times in the last 30 years on 11/3/95, 11/16/94, 11/26/93, 11/3/68, 11/16/67 and 11/26/66
Ghodalagi Vesha During the period from the 6th day of the bright fortnight of Margasira(Odhan Sasthi) to the 5th day of the bright fortnight of Magha (Basanta Panchami) the Deities wear winter clothes
Jamalagi Vesha From Basanta Panchami to Dola Purnima the Deities wear modified ghoda (winter clothes)
Padma Vesha It is done on Saturdays or Wednesdays between the new moon day of Magha and Basanta Panchami. 'Padma' means 'lotus,' and the Deities' dresses are made from lotus, sola lace and paper. These dresses are traditionally supplied by the Badachhata Matha. Halva is offered to the Deities when They are in this vesha
Gaja Uddharana Vesha This vesha is done on the full moon day of the month of Magha. It commemorates the story of Gajendra, the king of the elephants, and the alligator
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