Hello, Friends Lord Krishna’s Devotees celebrate Jagannath Rath Yatra in July month every year all over the world. Today on 23 June 2020 the 141st Rath Yatra is celebrated. The meaning of rath yatra is chariot journey, Rath means chariot and yatra means journey.
This festival is celebrated in almost all parts of the country but the most famous Rath Yatra among all is Jagannath Rath Yatra Puri at Odisha. For the celebration of Rath Yatra Lakh of devotees of Lord Krishna Gathered at Puri in Odisha Today. This Festival is also popular in various cities of Gujarat. After Jagannath, Ahmedabad Rath Yatra is the biggest and most famous one.
What is the meaning of Jagannath?
Jagannath means Lord of a universe it is derived from two words Jagat and Nath. In rath yatra, three chariots of Lord Krishna with Lord Balram and Subhadra are pulled by devotees.
Story of Jagannath Rath Yatra
One story behind this celebration is that when Lord Krishna was being cremated in Dwarika. Balram Subhadra dashed into the ocean with grief. At the same time, King Indradymna of Jagannath Puri had a dream that Lord Krishna’s body would float up to the shores of the sea. The dream come true. so, He plans to make a huge temple in the city with the wooden murtis of Lord Krishna. So to complete this task Vishwakarma arrived as an old carpenter. He made one condition during craving no one should disturb him and if anybody did he stop the work. After Few months King peeped from the door the carpenter immediately disappeared and keeping work incomplete.
History and Significance
The Rath Yatra is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Lord Balabhadra and his sister Goddess Subhadra. The Rath Yatra celebrates from the 12th-century Jagannath Temple to Gundicha Temple, 2.5km away.
There are three heavily-built wooden chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra are traditionally pulled by thousands of devotees over a distance of three kilometers twice during the nine-day festival of the Trinity at Puri. After resting for eight days, Lord Jagannath returns to his main abode and is known as ‘Bahuda Yatra’.
Lord Jagannath’s Rath, Nandighosha (also known as Garudadhwaja, Kapiladhwaja) it stands 44 feet tall and has 16 wheels. Balbhadra’s chariot is called Taladhwaja or Langaladhwaja, and is about 43 feet in height and has 14 wheels. While Subhadra’s chariot has 12 wheels and is 42 feet tall.
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