The bathing festival popularly known as “Snan Yatra” of Lord Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra was held at the ISKCON, Rajapur temple, Nadia district on 9th June. The festivities started early in the morning with Mangal Arti at 4.30am and a delightful dance presentation of “Geet Govindam” by students of Bhaktivedanta National School at 8 am. This was followed by beautiful darshan of the deities, and a grand ceremony of bringing Them to the “snan vedi”, or bathing altar. The bathing ceremony started with chanting of Vedic Mantras, the pujaris (priests), headed by HG. Pankajanghri Prabhu. Hundreds of devotees who had gathered in long queues from the wee hours of morning in front of the temple got the chance to bathe their Lords. It continued till late afternoon amidst chanting of melodious devotional songs rendered by the devotees. Post the bathing ceremony the Deities of Jagannath , Baladeva appear in Gaja ( elephant) Vesha.
Later in the evening Abishek of the Utsav Deity of the Lord along with His siblings was performed at Prabhupad Ghat on the banks of river Ganga.
In Skanda Purana it is mentioned when King Indradyumna installed the wooden deities in Puri he arranged this bathing ceremony. This day is considered to be the divine appearance day of Lord Jagannath. This festival is also simultaneously held in Puri on the full-moon day of the month of “Jyestha”. As a part of His pastime (leela), Lord Jagannath falls sick after the bathing festival and hence the doors remain closed till Rath Yatra day which falls on 25th June.
According to President of ISKCON Jagannath temple Rajapur, HG Nirmal Chaitnya Das, 108 types of sumptuous food items, fruits and sweet dishes and a large delicious cake was offered to the Lord and later the Prasadam was distributed to more than 27000 people who came from various parts of India and abroad.