Puri: Lord Jagannath was adorned with Raidamodar Besa at Srimandir here Saturday, marking the beginning of special rituals for the holy month of Kartik.
Devotees would have the opportunity to witness the Raidamodar Besa of Lord Jagannath till Panchaka.
The daily rituals at Srimandir were performed at least two hours behind of the schedule Saturday. According to sources, the Mangal Alati ritual of the deities was performed at 6.40 am.
The Puspalak servitors adorned Lord Jagannath with Raidamodar Besa soon after the completion routine rituals like Mailama, Tadaplagi and Abakash.
The Sakala dhoopa ritual was performed at 11.25 am and Baladhoopa at 12.20 pm. The servitors performed Bhoga Mandap ritual at 2.10 pm, sources said.
Temple sources said Lord Jagannath would be decorated with five special Besas (attires) during the Panchaka.
The lord would be adorned with Laxminarayan Besa on the first day of Panchaka November 19, followed by Bankachuda Besa November 20, Tribikrama Besa November 21 and Laxminrusingha Besa November 22. The last day of Panchaka is very crucial when the Lord would be giving darshan to the devotees in Rajarajeswar Besa November 23.