The most awaited biggest annual festival of Rath Yatra or Chariot Festival commences in Puri today. This is one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals. The famous festival that is celebrated usually on Ashadh Shukla Dwitiya, when the chariots of Lord Jagannath accompanied by his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra are brought out on to the main street of Puri. The Chariots are then taken to the Shri Gundicha Temple, where the deities enjoy a nine days stay and are served with sweet pancakes.
What is Shri Jagannath Rath Yatra?
The Jagannath Rath Yatra falls on July 14 this year. The festival marks the journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra (Lord Jagannath’s elder brother) and Goddess Subhadra ( Lord Jagannath’s sister) from Jagannath temple in Puri to Gundicha temple. Devotees pull the three colourfully decorated chariots which carry the three idols of the deities.
Significance of Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra?
Lord Jagannath Ratha Yatra is a major Hindu festival that commences on Dwitiya Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Ashada month. Currently it falls in month of June or July in Gregorian calendar. This year, temple city Puri will host its 141st annual Rath Yatra. Lord Jagannath is worshipped along with his brother Balabhadra and his sister Devi Subhadra.