Jagannath Rath Yatra Festival
The Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra Festival: Commemorating Lord Jagannath's Annual Visit to Gundicha Temple
The Jagannath Puri Ratha Yatra is a Hindu festival associated with the worship of Lord Jagannath, an abstract of lords Vishnu and Krishna. The festival commemorates Lord Jagannath’s annual visit to Gundicha Temple (his birthplace) and Mausi Maa Temple (his aunt’s home), along with his elder brother Balabhadra and younger sister Subhadra.
As part of the festival custom, the three deities of Lord Jagannath, his brother, and sister are taken out of the Jagannath temple in Puri, to visit the 2-km far located Gundicha Temple.
Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Rath Yatra. May Lord Jagannath bless you with peace, joy, and prosperity!
What is Jagannath Rath Yatra?
Rath Yatra is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Jagannath, celebrated since centuries in the Indian holy city of Puri. The festival takes place annually on the second day of the waxing cycle of the moon of Ashadha Maasa (the third Hindu Month on the lunar calendar).
The three deities of Lord Jagannath, his elder brother Balabhadra, and younger sister Subhadra are usually worshipped in the sanctum of the Jagannath temple in Puri. But every year on the 2nd day of the third Hindu month of Asadha – the triads are brought out of the temple onto the Bada Danda street of Puri and placed in three huge chariots which are pulled by thousands of devotees, thus transported 2 km away to the Gundicha Temple.
The deities stay at Gundicha temple for nine days, after which they ride the chariots back to their Jagannath Temple. On the way back, the chariots halt at the Mausi Maa Temple (home of Lord Jagannath’s aunt) where the deities are offered Poda Pitha, a special pancake considered to be the Lord’s favorite.
The Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra festival is also known by the names of Puri Rath Yatra, Ratha Yatra, Ratha Jatra, Chariot Festival, Chariots of Shri Jagannath, Shri Gundicha Yatra, Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra
When is the Festival celebrated?
The Jagannath Ratha Jatra is celebrated annually on the second day of Shukla Pasha (waxing phase of the moon or bright fortnight) of the Hindu lunar month of Ashada. It falls on Wednesday , 23 June .
The Meaning of Terms
Jagannath: Lord Jagannath is a reincarnation of lords Vishnu and Krishna. It is the name of the deity worshipped in Hinduism and Buddhism. The term is a compound word, consisting of “Jagan” meaning Lord and “Nath” meaning universe. It literally means “Lord of the Universe”.
Rath: It is a Sanskrit word, meaning chariot or carriage.
Yatra: It is a Sanskrit word, meaning journey or pilgrimage.
Jagannath Rath Yatra is a journey (procession) of deities accompanied by the public, journeying out of the Jagannath Temple through the Puri streets to the Gundicha Temple.
The Story of Rath Yatra: Why Hindus celebrate Lord Jagannath Festival?
Once upon a time while Lord Jagannath was away, His dearest devotees shed tears in His absence. When Lord Jagannath heard these accounts of immense love in separation, His eyes opened wide and filled with tears, His hair began to stand on end, and His arms and legs shrank as He went into the state of pure spiritual bliss.
Seeing Lord Jagannath in this condition, Balabhadra (his elder brother) and Subhadra (his younger sister) both displayed similar features and went into the state of spiritual bliss. Thus today the deities of Lord Jagannath, Subhadra, and Balabhadra represent this time on Jagannath Rath Yatra.
The festival of Rath Yatra represents Lord Jagannath’s yearning to rejoin with His devotees in Gundi.cha Temple (which was his birthplace) and Mausi Maa Temple (which was his aunt’s home).
As per Hindu tradition, the Lord gets lovesick once a year during the month of Ashadha. To make the Lord happy – the devotees take Him, His elder brother, and younger sister – out of the Jagannath Temple on a lavish procession in a chariot to get together with His devotees in Gundicha Temple which is located 2 miles away to the North. The deities stay there for complete seven days, followed by a visit to their aunt’s home (Mausi Maa Temple) on their return journey back to Jagannath Temple.
Five hundred years ago, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the incarnation of Lord Krishna, requested His devotees to observe Ratha Yatra with great delight and enthusiasm. On this day, Lord Chaitanya used to go down on his knees and scrub the Gundicha sanctuary where Lord Jagannath would stay.
Srila Prabhupada, an Indian spiritual teacher and the originator of the Hare Krishna movement, was deeply attached to Ratha Yatra festival. As a youngster he started observing Ratha-yatra when he was five years of age, utilizing a little home-made cart and pulling it around the area with his friends. Years later, from 1967 until his passing, Srila Prabhupada joined a large number of Hindus in urban areas around the globe and they started celebrating Ratha Yatra Chariot Festival in the streets of London, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
What Happens on the Jagannath Rath Yatra Festival?
Rath Jatra festival is celebrated on the second day in the bright fortnight of Ashadha month (usually in the month of June and July). The annual festival is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, with its main celebrations held at Puri in the Indian state of Odisha.
The Jagannath triad (Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, Goddess Subhadra) stay in their main Jaggannath Temple, where they are worshiped every day by hundreds of devotees. But once during the month of Asadha, the triads are brought out of the temple on the Bada Danda (Puri’s main high street). Each of the three idols is placed on huge colorfully decorated chariots and drawn by thousands of devotees to the Gundicha Temple.
This chariot journey continues down the 3-km long Bada Danda avenue of Puri. The Jagannath deities first spend a short time at their aunt’s abode in Mausi Maa Temple (which is situated at the mid-way of Bada Danda of Puri) and reach the main destination, the Gundicha Temple before nightfall. The deities remain inside the chariot on the first day and enter Gundicha temple on the morning of the second day. The deities then reside at the Gundicha Temple for the next seven days complete.
After the seven-day stay at Gundicha Temple, the divine trinity leaves the temple and journeys back to their main temple in Jagannath, traveling in their chariots. On the way back, the deities stop again for a short time at their aunt’s abode (Mausi Maa Temple) and continue their journey back.
The idols reach Jagannath Temple in the evening and wait outside. On the next day (the 9th and last day of the festival), the idols are adorned with new clothes and are placed again into the temple, marking an end to the Jagannath Rath Yatra Puri Festival.
The Chariots of Rath Yatra Festival
The three chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra are newly constructed each year for the Ratha Jatra festival. The wood of special trees like phassi and dhausa is used for the construction of the chariot. Each chariot takes about 2 months to be completely constructed, decorated, and painted.
Lord Jagannath’s chariot is called Nandighosa. It is the largest and most beautiful chariot, measuring 45-feet high and 35-feet square. It has 16 huge wooden wheels. It has wrappings of red and yellow color clothes.
Lord Balabhadra’s chariot is called Taladhwajah. It measures 43-feet high and 33-feet square. It has 14 huge wooden wheels. It has wrappings of red and bluish green color clothes.
Goddess Subhadra’s chariot is called Darpadalana. It is 42-feet high and 31.6-feet square. It has 12 huge wooden wheels. It has wrappings of red and black color clothes.
Happy Rath Yatra Wishes
- Happy Rathyatra! May Lord Jagannath bless you with joy, happiness, and prosperity.
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Rath Yatra Wishing SMS & Messages
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Happy Jagannath Rath Yatra Greetings
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