Bada Singhar Besha


Bada Singhar Besha is the besha of Lord Jagannath, which is observed as a daily ritual when the deities are put to sleep every night. In the besha, they are adorned in special costumes made of silk and the costumes are known as “Khandua”. The costume has an extract of a poem called “Gita Govinda” woven into the texture. In addition to the special khandua fabric, the besha comprises of different types of colored flowers, which are crafted into exquisite ornaments such as chandrika, jhumpa, alaka, kara pallaya, hruda pallaya and adhara. The deities are in the Bada Singhar Besha when they are woken up with the Mangala Arati in the morning.