Raja Besha


Raja literally means the Emperor and the Raja Besha has Lord Jagannath dressed as the Emperor, which He truly is. The deities are adorned in beautiful ornaments crafted out of gold, which include the Sree Pada or golden feet and Sri Hasta and golden hands. They are made to wear exquisite silk patas and Lord Jagannath holds the golden wheel and a silver conch in his hands, while Lord Balabhadra has a golden shovel and golden plough in this besha. The deities are decorated in this besha by the worshippers, and this makes this besha an extremely popular one amongst the devotees of Lord Jagannath.