dresses of the rath

Dressing the rath with mohras, clothes and flowers is called ‘deopurnaa’ or ‘deu piidhnaa.’

Dresses of the Rath

Dresses of the Rath

After this it is assumed that the devata has occupied his rightful place in the rath. Some devatas remain dressed always, who are then offered puja daily, but some others are dressed only on special occasions like birthdays, Dussehra, festivals, and sacred days. Thereafter its finery is removed; this is called ‘mandhaarnaa’. Following which the devata does not appear in public and his articles are placed in the bhandar. Once the rath is dressed, it is carried aloft and the devata answers questions of its devotees.

Some devatas have fixed bearers as a karadu can only be carried by one in the devata’s entourage. Those carrying the rath must wear a cap or bandana to cover his head.