Jagannath Rath Yatra 1 July 2022, these important things that everyone should know


Why is Jagannath Rath Yatra celebrated?, What is special about Rath Yatra?, Which God is Worshipped in Rath Yatra

Jagannath Rath Yatra has lot of importance in our Hindu culture. 
The Rath Yatra, a grand event, takes place at the historic Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha.

This year, the revered Jagannath Rath Yatra will be commemorated on Friday, July 1st. The Jagannath Puri Temple, renowned as one of India's ancient and esteemed temples, hosts this globally acclaimed festival. Jagannath Rath Yatra is organized very happily and nicely every year on the 2nd day of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Aashaadha. People reach here from abroad to join this chariot. 

Jagannath means the lord of the world. Jagannath Rath Yatra is celebrated as a festival in India. Allow us to acquaint you with the noteworthy aspects of this Rath Yatra

The divine abode of Jagannath Puri holds a significant position as one of India's four sacred pilgrimage sites, known as the four dhams;

Jagannath Temple located in Puri, Orissa is one of the holy Char Dham of India. 
In this sacred place, Lord Krishna manifests in the form of Jagannath, accompanied by his elder brother Balarama and sister Subhadra, who are also revered and worshipped here

Chariots of various designs are crafted to cater to each deity;
During the Rath Yatra, three distinct chariots are constructed for Lord Krishna, Balarama, and Goddess Subhadra. As the Rath Yatra commences, Balarama's chariot leads the procession, followed by the chariot of Goddess Subhadra, and finally, Lord Jagannath's chariot at the rear.

After the chariot, the ritual is performed

Once the trio of chariots is prepared, the ceremonial act known as Chhar Pahanra takes place .The Gajapati king of Puri comes here in a palanquin and worships these three chariots and then the chariot pavilion and the road are cleaned with a gold broom.

Each of the three chariots is adorned with distinct colors
Balram is called Taladhwaj. The chariot's color is a combination of red and green. The chariot of Goddess Subhadra is also called as Darpadalana or Padma Ratha. Whose color is black or blue. The chariot assigned to Lord Jagannath is referred to as Nandi Ghosh or Garudadhwaja, featuring a vibrant hue of red or yellow

Travels to Gundicha Temple
The Rath Yatra commences at the Jagannath Temple and proceeds towards its destination, the Gundicha Temple. After reaching here, Lord Jagannath, Balarama and Goddess Subhadra rest for seven days. When Lord Jagannath is witnessed within the premises of the Gundicha Temple, it is referred to as Aadap Darshan.

Jagannath Yatra is accompanied by drums
Rath Yatra begins on the 2nd day of Shukla Paksha of Aashaadha month. Devotees pull these chariots with drums. It is believed that those fortunate enough to participate in pulling the chariot are bestowed with great luck. According to mythological beliefs, the act of pulling the chariot is considered a path to salvation.

God goes to his aunt's house
Tell that Gundicha temple is the house of Lord Jagannath's aunt. It is also known as Gundicha Bari. This Rath Yatra begins on the second day of the month of Ashadha and the Lord returns on the 11th day of Shukla Paksha. With this the journey ends.

After the journey, the idols remain in the chariot

After reaching Jagannath, all the idols remain in the chariot. The temple gates for the deities are opened on the following day, which is known as Ekadashi,  After this, after taking a duly bath, the deity is re-established in the midst of chanting.

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