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During this period of rest - fifteen days the Daitas (descendants of Viswavasu, the Savara) have the right to repaint and restore the wooden deities of Jagannath temple. On the sixteenth day,
called 'Netrotsava'(festival for the eyes), the deities sporting new appearance give the 'Navayauvana' darshan to the devotees. The Shilpa Shastras and Agamas elaborate that temple deities are most suitable for worship only after the rite of 'Chakshurunmilana' (opening of the eyes).The place gets sanctified when the eyes on the idols are open. During this period people in thousands visit the temple to have a darshan of Lord Jagannath as Alarnath Dev. They also get a delicious prasad called Kheer bhog at the Alarnath temple. According to temple priests of Puri Alarnath is a form of Lord Jagannath who blesses the people in this region.
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It is believed that the darshan of lord Alarnath, during this period - 15 days is important and whoever worships here with devotion and faith will be absolved of all sins. The main offering to the deity here is 'Payas' or 'Kheer' Bhog prepared with milk and rice. This temporary abode of lord Jagannath is believed to be a source of spiritual bliss for the ardent devotees.
It is needless to point out that here Lord Vishnu is in the form of Lord Alarnath and he has four arms, He holds chakra in his upper right hand, Lotus in his lower right hand, Conch (sanghu) in his upper left hand and a club in his lower left hand, Lord Vishnu's mount eagle, known as Garuda, kneels at the feet of the deity with his hands in supplication. Besides, there are deities of Lord Krishna's consorts Rukmini and Satyabhama inside the temple. There is an idol of Lord Chaitnya inside the temple. There is a stone slab in front of the deity bearing the impression of Lord Chaitnya's body. When Lord Chaitanya prostrated in front of Lord Alarnath, the stone below Lord Chaitnya melted from His blissful touch. There is a lake behind the temple where Chandan Yatra is celebrated for 21 days in every year.