Rath Yatra is celebrated in July month every year by the devotees of Lord Krishna. Today 141st Rath yatra is celebrated. The meaning of rath yatra is chariot journey, Rath means chariot and yatra means journey. 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.
This festival is celebrated in almost all part of the country but 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. There are many beliefs behind the celebration of the Rath Yatra as per Bhagavad Purana Kansa sent akrur to brings the lords and the goddess to Mathura from Gokul. The Gopis and Gopal blocked the way of chariot when all of them were ready to go out of Mathura. All Gopis are bid, Lord Krishna in this weepy farewell.
One more 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 body would float up to 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. Afer Few months King peeped from the door the carpenter immediately disappeared and keeping work incomplete.
This Festival is observed in various cities of Gujarat. After Jagannath Ahmedabad Rath Yatra is the biggest and most famous one.
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