Jagannath Rath Yatra of Puri is the most famous religious procession that held every year in the Indian state of Orisaa.The temple of Lord Jagannath on the east coast of the country is the venue where lakhs of people aggregated in order to make the event grandest in entire world.The event marks the ritual procession of Lord Jagannath with his brother Balarama and sister Subhadra from main temple Sri Mandira to the Gundicha temple in their respective huge and colorful chariots.The annual festival attracts pilgrims and visitors from all over the world. Orissa government declared the festival among the state Government’s festivals and take active participation in organising the event.
Time to Celebrate:
Jagannath Rath Yatra is usually celebrated on the second day of bright fortnight of Hindu month Ashad (June or July)
According to the myths, the Jagannath Rath Yatra of Puri is celebrated from the ancient vedic period when Lord Jagannath himself expressed his desire to visit his birthplace every year for a continuous one week.Since then the procession is continued till yet where the huge chariots of Lord Jagannath along with his brother Balaram and sister Subhadra are taken away from their deity place to the Gundicha temple,their parental home.Lord Jagannath who is believed to be the Lord of Universe give darshan to all his devotees in despite of castes and the devotees too feel heaven as their participation maks the way towards heaven.The Rath yatra begins with the Snana Purnima in which the three deities take ritual bath on an open platform and after that for fifteen consecutive days they remain in separation as rest period where no public offering and worshipping is observed.After the completion of these fifteen days,the sacred Jagannath Rath Yatra starts carrying the Lord Jagannath along with his siblings in large colorful chariots through huge procession.These spectacular chariots are made every year following the strict rituals under ancient specifications and are pulled by several thousand devotees during the Jagannath Rath Yatra period.