Rath Yatra, so-called the Car Festival, is one of the much-anticipated Hindu festivals that celebrated every year on the second day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing cycle of the moon) in the period of Ashadha, the third month as per the lunar schedule of India. On this auspicious day, the deities come out of the temple, breaking the barrier of caste, religion, & creed, giving the message of oneness to the world.
The festival commemorates Lord Jagannath’s annual visit to The Shree Gundicha Temple via Mausi Maa Temple (Dedicated to Goddess Ardhashini), along with his elder brother Lord Balabhadra, and younger sister Devi Subhadra. The universal lord is accompanied by Sudarshana chakra. The deities remain there for nine days. During the return journey (Bahuda yatra), the chariot of the deities stops for a while near Mausi Maa temple and offer their favorite “Poda Pitha”, a special type of pancake meant for the poor.
The world famous “Puri Rath Yatra” is well-known among sightseers for its religious flavor. And, the premier epicenter for this celebration is Puri, Odisha; one of the four noteworthy Hindu places of worship (“Char Dhams”) – The Badrinath Dham in the north, The Ramanath Dham (Rameswaram) in the south, The Dwarikanath Dham (Swarika) in the west. Millions of devotees from all around the globe land in Puri to participate in this festival & pull the chariots with full eagerness.
Every year, the chariots are constructed new with the wood of specified trees. Lord Jagannath’s chariot is called Nandighosa. It’s forty-five feet high and forty-five feet square at the wheel level, & has sixteen wheels. Each wheel is of seven-foot in diameter, and the chariot is decked with a cover made of red and yellow cloth. The chariot of Lord Balabhadra is called the Taladhwaja & its forty-four feet high. It has fourteen wheels & each of them is seven-foot in diameter, & is decked with a red and green cloth. The chariot of Devi Subhadra is known as Dwarpadalana & is forty-three feet high. It has twelve wheels & each of them is seven-foot in diameter. This chariot is decked with a covering of red and black cloth.
The festival has many names – Gundicha Jatra, Ghosa Jatra, Navadina Jatra, Dasavatara Jatra, etc., to name a few. According to the Hindu beliefs, the power of ‘‘Yama’’ (the god of death) has been nullified in Puri due to the presence of universal Lord Jagannath. Once touching the “Ratha Daudi” (chariots rope), is certain to guarantee liberation, discharge (mukti) from the cycle of birth & death.
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