Celebration Of Jagannath Rath Yatra 2018
Jagannath Rath Yatra is celebrated in the honour of Lord Jagannath (Lord Shri Krishna) during the period of June or July every year. The grand celebration takes place at Puri in Orissa rejoicing the journey of Lord Jagannath, his brother Bala Bhadra and his sister Subhadra towards their aunt’s house. As per the Gregorian Calendar, the festival takes place on the 2nd day of lunar fortnight. Akshaya Tritiya is the auspicious day when all the preparations of the festival commence.
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Rather than associating with a particular aspect of Hinduism, the Jagannath Rath Yatra relates to various aspects comprising Jainism, Shaktism, Vaishnavaism, Buddhism and Saivism. This chariot sustains a history of more than five thousand years and is considered as the most spiritual festivity.
The Katha Upanishad explains the significance of the festival as it states about a human body which is regarded as Rath and the God as the sarathi (driver) who drives the body towards a journey of Bhavsagar (material existence). The wheels of the Rath represents valour and the horses stands for vigor, charity, tolerance and self-discipline .
The chariots are newly built every year and are covered with multicolored canopies. Red and black color represents the chariot of Goddess Subhadra, green and red color represents the chariot of Lord Balabhadra and yellow and red represents the chariot of Lord Jagannath.
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The journey or the Rath yatra is conducted every year starting from Jagannath Temple and ending to Gundicha Temple. They also perform Snana Purnima, the day when all the three idols are bathed with almost 109 buckets of water. The elaborated chariots are the most fascinated aspect of the Yatra which are pulled by people with long ropes. It is believed that the people who pull the Rath are at their way to salvation as it adds to their good Karma and are punishing themselves for their bad deeds.
The Chariot of Lord Jagannath is 45.6 feet high which contains 18 wheels and is known as Nandighosa. The Chariot of Goddess Subhadra is called as Devadalana which is 44.6 feet high and carries on 14 wheels. The third chariot is known as Taladhwaja which is of Lord Balabhadra and is 45 feel high pulled on 16 wheels. These chariots are the attractions which are decorated with beautiful paints, motifs, arts and designs.
Jagannath Rath Yatra is also famous from the well-known names such as Navadina Yatra, Dasavatara, Chariot Festival and Gundicha Yatra. On the day of celebration, the devotees pull the Rath till Gundicha temple with huge excitement, bliss and enthusiasm. This year also same celebration would take place on 14th July, 2018 but with lot more spiritual excitement and pleasure. Bahuda Yatra is also an attraction of this festival, which is regarded as the return journey of the Lords.
So, it’s the time to get blessed, celebrate and captivate the mesmerizing looks of deities by becoming the part of Jagannath Rath Yatra 2018.