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600 years old festival: Puri Rath Yatra
The world-famous Jagannath Rath Yatra commenced today i.e. 20th June. The auspicious event is performing for 2 day and it will end on next day.
The Jagannath Rath Yatra:
The Jagannath Rath Yatra is devoted to Lord Jagannath with consideration the Lord of the Universe, as per Hindu traditions. It is also known as Gundicha Yatra or the Festival of Chariots. Lord Jagannath is an avatar (incarnation) of Lord Krishna.
When Is It Celebrated?
This festival is celebrated across the India on the second day of Shukla Paksha as per the Odia calendar.
Celebration during the festival:
Lakhs of devotees travel to the city of Puri and experience a glimpse of the three deities, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra. Three deities are carried in ornate chariots which are made from neem wood and called Raths, are pulled by the devotees.
Deities are carried to Gundicha Temple and Deities reside here for 8 to 9 days at the Gundicha Temple. They went to their temple after a procession known as Bahuda Yatra.
History of festival:
Hindu sacred texts denote that Subhadra, the younger sister of Lord Jagannath and Balabhadra wanted to travel to Puri to meet her aunt.
The two brothers left for the city in a chariot to fulfill their sister’s wish. Since the 1500s the people of Puri are celebrating this annual festival to mark the divine siblings’ journey from their paternal home to aunt’s home.
Significance of festival:
The Rath Yatra is the only Hindu festival where deities are taken from their ‘home’ and placed elsewhere.
All the three chariots own their special name.
The name of chariot of Lord Jagannath is Nandighosh
The name of chariot of Lord Balabhadra is Taladhwaja
The chariot of Devi Subhadra is known as Darpadalana.