Suna Besha, is an occasion when the Lord Jagannath and other idols Balabhadra, and Goddess Subhadra are decorated with gold jewellery. Suna Bhesha is celebrated five times during a year. It is commonly commemorated on Magha Purnima (January), Bahuda Ekadashi also known as Asadha Ekadashi (July), Dashahara (Vijyadashami) (October), Karthik Purnima (November), and Pousa Purnima (December). The name Suna Bhesha is derived from two words, ‘Suna’ meaning “gold” and ‘Bhesha’ meaning “costume”.
This year, in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, devotees are not allowed to Singhadwara, the lion’s gate of Puri Lord Jagannath temple, where Sunabesha is going on. The three chariots of the three divinities have been placed at the lion’s entrance, and the golden attire is underway on the chariots.