Rath Yatra also known as the Car festival is the grandest of all the festivals celebrated in India. It is a festival that celebrates the annual visit of God to his birth place. Full of spectacle and drama, this grand festival attracts millions of people from across India and abroad. Rath Yatra is the chariot journey of Lord Jagannatha from Jagannath temple across the city. This festival is celebrated every year on Ashad Shukla Dwitiya (second day in bright fortnight of Ashad month, June-July).
In 2017 this grand festival is going to celebrate at 25th of June, Sunday at the magnificent temple of Lord Jagannath, at Puri.
One of the scared Char Dhams, Puri is a top pilgrimage in the coastal state of Odisha. Amongst the innumerable temples present in Puri a very famous one known as Jaganath Temple, devoted to Lord Jagarnath which is an incarnation of Vishnu.It is the only temple in India where Lord Krishna is revere with his brothers, Jagannatha and Balabhadra and his loving sister goddess, Subhadra.
According to the legends, this festival is celebrated in the remembrance of around 5,000 year’s old incident. First time this festival of chariots was celebrated when Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra move to Vrindavan to attended a religious function. They were ride in a huge Chariot.
During this festival the three deities, Jaganath, Balram and Subhadra are carried in a grand chariots wooden wheels pulled by devotees through the streets, using very strong coconut fiber ropes, 8 inches in diameter. Each year three new, massive, beautifully decorated chariotsare constructedby the devotees. The main structure of chariots contains 18 pillars and roofs. Every chariot holds nine subordinate deities including 2 doorkeepers, 1 charioteer and 1 presiding deity. The grand parade follow the chariots play spiritual songs and dance to the beats of drums.
Nandighosh Rath, a fourteen meter luxurious chariot with sixteen wheels is prepared for shri Jagannatha. Taladvaja Rath is prepared for shri Balabhadra and Padmadhvaja Rath, a twelve meter high, 12 wheeled chariot is prepared for Goddess Subhadra. Their chariots of deities are adorn with shining colors, flower umbrellas, glitters and ancient ornaments presenting the mind blowing sight to the devotees.
A day before the three presiding deities is given holy bath, next day they taken out from the templeand transferred from Jagarnath Temple to the Gundicha temple, some two miles away to the North. After staying there for seven days, the deities return to where they are eternally worshipped, in the Sri Mandira. On their way back from the Gundicha Temple, the three deities stop for a while near the Mausi Maa Temple and have the Poda Pitha, which is a kind of pancake believed to be the Lord’s favorite.
According to the Hindus this Ratha-yatra festival is a festival based on emotion. To see the God on the Rath on this Rathayatra day is such a good omen and helps in having salvation from the cycles of birth and death.
So come and participate in the procession with great devotion and respect. Traveller from outside India come & celebrate this festival during the pilgrimage tours of India.
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