Ratha Yatra translates as "Car Festival" or "Chariot Festival." It is a world-famous Hindu festival, commemorating Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Balbhadra (Balaram), and sister Subhadra, held every year in Puri, Odisha, and other Jagannath Temples throughout the country and world.
Puri Rath Yatra is India's and the world's oldest Ratha Yatra, as described in various Puranas (Mythology) such as Brahma Purana, Padma Purana, Skanda Purana, and Kapila Samhita.
This annual festival is held on Ashadha Shukla Paksha Dwitiya (second day in the bright fortnight of Ashadha month).
The festival lasts 10-12 days and commemorates Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra's annual pilgrimage to Gundicha Temple via Mausi Maa Temple (maternal aunt's home) in Saradha Bali, Puri.
Rath Yatra History
Why the deities are brought to Gudincha is a subject of discussion in Hindu mythology. According to legend, the gods visit Gundicha, the queen of King Indrayumna, who is said to have built the temple. Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Jagannath's wife, is said to visit the Gundicha temple on the fourth day of the celebration to visit her husband.
The deities are returned to the Jagannath Temple at the end of the nine-day session. The journey is known as the Bahuda Jatra or the Jagannath Yatra, and devotees pull the chariots.
Pahandi refers to the procession of the three chariots from Jagannath temple to Gundicha temple.
Nandighosh is the name of Lord Jagannath's chariot, which has 16 wheels. His elder brother Lord Balabhadra's chariot is named Taladvaja and has 14 wheels, whereas Subhadra's chariot is named Padma Dhvaja and has 12 wheels.
Every year, new chariots, the festival's major attraction, are constructed, with preparations beginning at least two to three months in advance. They are made out of wood, fabric, and resin rather than metal or stone.
The raths are disassembled at the end of the celebration, and the wood is used as fuel in temple kitchens.
Thousands of devotees go from all over the world to take part in the celebration to pull the chariots, which is considered a fortunate act.
A massive procession is held while hauling the 45-foot high chariots, with religious melodies playing to the clanging sound of cymbals and plates, as well as drums.
Rath Yatra Date 2021
July 12, 2021
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Sri Jagannath’s Suna Besha
Rath Yatra Wishes 2021
On this Rath Yatra, I offer my prayers to Lord Jagannath. I hope this auspicious event strengthens society's peace and goodness.
Warm greetings on the occasion of the Rath Yatra. On this auspicious day, we bow to Lord Jagannath. On the eve of the annual Rath yatra festival, we pray for Lord Jagannath's divine blessings.
My warmest greetings to Lord Jagannath devotees all over the world on the occasion of Jagannath Rath Jatra. Jai Jagannath!
On the occasion of the Rath Yatra, I offer my prayers to Lord Jagannath. I hope the auspicious event strengthens society's peace and goodness.
Today, on the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra, we should all pray to Lord Jagannath. The Rath Yatra is a symbol of our Gods' rich heritage and divine aura. God bless and grant everyone's wishes.
My best wishes for today's Rath Yatra, which will be held across India. I hope and pray that Lord Jagannath's blessings continue to fall on all of us.
Greetings on the auspicious occasion of the Rath Yatra. May Maha Prabhu Jagannath continue to shower us with his blessings.
May Lord Jagannath fill your life with the brightest colours of success, prosperity, and happiness. I wish you and your family a happy Rath Yatra!
The greater your faith in God, the less pain you will experience while pulling the Rath. Invest your power in God and you will receive all of your blessings back. Jai Jagannath!
May Lord Jagannath abundantly bless you and shower you with the virtue of truth. Happy Rath Yatra to all.
On this Rath yatra Festival, may every Indian be happy and prosperous. Jai Jagannath!
Happy Jagannath Rath Yatra! May the felicity and harmony of your relationships be surrounded by his endless love and physical intensity.
Rath Yatra 2021 News
This year's Ratha Yatra celebration, like the previous year's, will be held without the participation of devotees and in strict adherence to safety standards to prevent the spread of coronavirus. District Collector Samarth Verma reviewed the preparations for the annual Rath Yatra, which will take place on July 12 this year.
Srimandir servants who test negative for Covid-19 will be permitted to help draw the three chariots along the Bada Danda (Grand Road) to Gundicha temple. According to Verma, the second phase of Covid servitor testing is currently underway.
The Collector stated that dangerous structures would be located and sealed. Special attention is being paid to improving cleanliness, cleaning drains, repairing roads, and lighting the city, notably Grand Road, the festival's site.
No one would be allowed to observe the Rath Yatra proceedings from the rooftops, according to Puri SP K Vishal Singh. Twelve security zones would be established throughout the city. Bada Danda would be broken into three sections as well. During the event, all routes leading to the Grand Road would be closed. Bada Danda would also be subject to Section 144.
The pilgrim town's three entrance routes will be sealed. Railway services will be suspended until the end of the festival. CCTV cameras positioned at strategic locations would allow police officers to keep an eye on people's movements.
The SP stated that approximately 80 platoons of force, comprising officers of various ranks, would be stationed in and around the town for the fete. Meanwhile, in the Anasara ghar (sick chamber), the rite of massaging the Trinity with ‘Phuluri' oil has been accomplished. The three chariots' construction is nearly complete.