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Festivity of Ratha Yatra in Puri (India)

Ratha Yatra in Puri

Bengaluru, July 09 (UITV): Ratha Yatra, a public procession in which people pull the chariot which is mounted with deities. This Ratha Yatra can be found in all most every corner of India, celebration day vary from region to region. Ratha yatra processions have been historically common in Vishnu-related (Jagannath, Rama, Krishna) traditions in Hinduism across India.
Ratha yatra of Puri is a notable and famous one in India which includes great joy in its celebrations.

Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and their sister Subhadra

Why Ratha yatra of Puri is a famous one in India?
The Ratha yatra which is celebrated in Puri is one of the oldest festivals of India. The word "Ratha" stands for "chariot" and "Yatra" signifies "journey". The journey of Jagannath (diety) to his Aunt's house Gundicha (diety). Rathyatra is generally celebrated in Puri during the months of June or July (Rainy Season).
Every year, as part of Ratha Yatra, the deities of Jagannath, his elder brother Balabhadra and younger sister Subhadra are taken out in a procession to Gundicha Temple and remain there for nine days.
Many numbers of people attend this colourful festival not only from India but also from neighbouring countries of India. Two eyes are not enough to see the procession with deities.

Three divine chariots

Three chariots which would be decorated richly are pulled through the streets of Puri which commemorates the annual journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and their sister Subhadra to their aunt's temple, the Gundicha Temple which is situated at a distance of 2 km from their temple.
After 9 days of stay, deities again return to their appropriate temple. While returning, deities are stopped for a while in front of Mausi Maa Temple and offer a special type of pancake to her.
The notable speciality of Ratha yatra in Puri is three chariots which are pulled during celebrations, are newly constructed every year which takes around two months of time duration.

progressing of construction work of Chariots ( Ratha )

Lord Jagannatha's chariot is called Nandighosa and it is forty-five feet high and forty-five feet square at the wheel level with sixteen wheels. The chariot of Lord Balarama, called the Taladhwaj and its height is forty-four feet with fourteen wheels. Last one, the chariot of Subhadra, known as Dwarpadalana and has the height of forty-three feet high with twelve wheels.
Not only India, Cities like Dublin, New York, Toronto and Laos etc. also celebrate this festival. So, it a best option for those who are present in India to see a wonderful festival.
Written by Adithya Dithu