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Shnan Yatra

On this full-moon day, sixteen days before Ratha- yatra, Lord Jagannatha is bathed. He becomes sick and is confined to rest for fourteen days. He is then offered special care until He comes out for Ratha-yatra. A special bath of Jagannath takes place on the Purnima of Jyestha month (Devasnan Purnima), to commemorate the appearance...

Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi

Nirjala Ekadasi occurs during the Jyestha (May/June) month and a description of this fantastically gracious day is found in the Brahma-vaivarta Purana. On this day, one must abstain from any eating or drinking. One who reads or hears the narration of the boundless glories of this Ekadasi with devotion, goes back to the spiritual abode....