Deva Snana Purnima is an important festival celebrated at Puri Jagannath Temple ahead of Rathyatra. In 2016, Deva Snana Purnima date is June 20.
Each year on Snana Purnima (full moon day) of the Hindu month of Jyeshtha, this bathing festival is celebrated.
The deities will be escorted out of the sanctum sanctorum in a ceremonial pahandi procession to the snana vedi (bathing altar) located on the outer temple complex facing the East, where the deities will be bathed with 108 pitchers of aromatic water by the servitors.
Following this, the deities will be dressed in ‘elephant attire’ popularly called Haati Vesha. The devotees then can have darshan from outside the temple as the raised altar gives full view of the deities.
This is the first occasion in the year as per the Hindu calendar, when the deities Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra, Sudarshan, and Madanmohan are brought out from the Jagannath Temple and taken in a procession to the Snana Bedi. Then they are ceremonially bathed and decorated. After that the devotees can have a darsan and get the blessings of the Lords.
In 2015, Deva Snana Purnima date was June 2.
In 2014, Deva Snana Purnima date was June 13.
In 2013, Deva Snana Purnima date was June 23.