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Ratha Yatra

Posted On: 13 May, 2013| Festival: Rath Yatra

The land of lord Jagnnath, means lord of universe, is one of the most hallowed pilgrimage a skin condition in India. A jagannath Ratha Yatra is a Hindu festival that involves transporting idols on a chariot. In Ratha Yatra involve the people begion thick under the wheels of an uncured, and a allegorical reference to a chariot contain lord jagannath has resulted in the English word juggernaut to refer to an un gratuitous energy.

The preside deity of the main temple, Sri Mandira, Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra, with the outer space wheel Sudarshana are taken out from the temple grounds in an convoluted service demonstration to their individual chariots. The huge, vibrantly decked chariots are drawn by hundreds and thousands of devotees on the bada danda, the grand avenue to the Gundicha temple, some two miles away to the North. After a stay for seven days, the deities return to their abode in Srimandira.

This carnival is known as Rath Yatra, meaning the journey of the chariots. The Rathas are massive wheeled wooden structure, which are built anew yearly and are pulled by the devotees. The chariot for Jagannath is in the order of 45 feet high and 35 feet square and takes about 2 months to erect. The artists and painters of Puri ornament the cars and coat flower petals and other designs on the wheels, the wood-carved charioteer and horses, and the wrong side up lotuses on the wall behind the throne. The Ratha-Yatra is also termed as the Shri Gundicha yatra.

The most momentous service connected with the Ratha-Yatra is the Chhera Pahara. for the duration of the festival, the Gajapati King wears the setup of a sweeper and sweeps all in the region of the deities and chariots in the Chera Pahara  service. The Gajapati King cleanses the road before the chariots with a gold-handled broom and sprinkles sandalwood water and powder with utmost devotion. As per the custom, although the Gajapati King has been measured the most glorious person in the Kalingan kingdom, he still renders the menial service to Jagannath. This ceremony signified that under the lordship of Jagannath, there is no dissimilarity between the powerful independent Gajapati King and the most unassuming devotee.

Maha-prasada is pure lacto-vegetarian holy food accessible to Lord Jagannath. Just by eating this mahaprasada one makes enormous devout improvement. Every day, 56 varieties of Prasad are presented to Lord Jagannath. The arrangements are made conventionally and no onion, garlic, chilies or many varieties of vegetables (considered alien) are not used.

The festival is also known as Gundicha Yatra, Ghosa Yatra, Navadina Yatra And Dasavatara Yatra and by a assortment of other names. For the devoted and believers, it is painstaking the most positive occasion. Yatra  is an essential part of the ritual of the Hindu system of reverence. 

One of the most respected of all temples of Lord Vishnu in eastern India, the Jagannath Temple was built in the classical temple construction chapter. Protected by two adjacent walls, the conical tower of the temple is 58 mts high on which the flag and the wheel of Lord Vishnu can be seen.
Enthusiastic to Krishna, Balabhadra and Subhadra, the temple has these three as principal deities. Similar to the Lingaraja temple in Bhubaneshwar, this temple is also close for Non-Hindus who contend themselves by just viewing it from outside its confines.

The Ratha Yatra carnival has become a frequent sight in nearly all key cities of the world since 1968 through the ISKCON Hare Krishna group. Its head A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami successfully transplant the event which now happens on an annual basis in places all over the world in over 100 cities including Dublin, Belfast, Birmingam, London, Bath, Budapest, Melbourne, Montreal, Paris, New York, Singapore, Toronto, Antwerp, Kuala Lumpur and Venise.CA.

The Yatra  is measured as an significant part of partying and ceremonies of each temple and is considered as a special and sanctified occasion.
Rath yatra being exceptional among all Yatra s is the grandest fair of the superlative divinity Who has manifested himself in the Kali Yuga to unshackle compassion and to relieve them from their sufferings. Lord Jagannatha is known fully with Vishnu and Krishna. In his innovative demonstration as Nilamadhaba, he was worshipped in a sacred Nyagrodha Briksha or banyan tree. The brushwood of the tree had extended for several miles and anyone entering this area was right away unbound and was reassured of the travails of the birth and regeneration. In fact, the sway of Yama, the God of Death, is imaginary to have been curtailed in the sacred city of Puri – Srikshetra on account of the presence of Lord Jagannatha and therefore it is also called the Yamanika Tirtha.

The celebration of the Rath Yatra of Jagannath dates back to the period of the Puranas. Glowing imagery of this festival are found in Brahma Purana, Padma Purana and Skanda Purana. Kapila Samhita also refers to Rath Yatra. In Moghul period also, King Ramsingh of Jaipur, Rajasthan has been described as organizing the Rath Yatra in the 18th Century. In Orissa, Kings of Mayurbhanj and Parlakhemundi were organizing the Rath Yatra, though the most grand festival in terms of scale and popularity takes place at Puri.

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