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Rath Yatra 2015

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Rath Yatra 2015

July 18, 2015

Puri’s much-awaited festival – Rath Yatra commences on the 18th July, and will continue till 26th July. The festival is celebrated to mark Lord Jagannath’s yearly sojourn to his maternal aunt’s house. On the occasion, we bring you the details of the entire preparation and process of the festival.

Nabakalebara 2015

Rath Yatra or the Chariot festival, this year happens to be Nabakalebara (Naba-New and Kalebara- Body) that comes once in 15- 19 years and the last Nabakalebara happened in 1996. It’s the time when idols Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshan are replaced by a new set of idols at the Jagannath Temple in Puri which is also known as Shree Khetra.

Rath Yatra – The Rituals

The rituals of Rath Yatra start approximately 18 days before of the yatra. Lord Jagannatha, his brother Balabhadra and his sister Devi Subhadra are given famous ceremonial bath which is known as Snana Yatra. One day before Rath Yatra, the temple is cleaned by the devotees of Lord Jagannath. This ritual of cleaning the temple is known as ‘Gundicha Marjana’.

The new wooden idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Goddess Subhadra and Sudarshan are welcomed to the temple with the great celebration. The new idols are carved and old ones are cremated with rituals mentioned in the century old scriptures.

The first step of yatra begins with Banajaga Jatra, wherein a group of Daitapatis proceed on this Jatra to locate and bring back the ‘Daru Brahma’ that would make the new bodies.

The Three Chariots

The chariots used during Rath Yatra are built every year. These are painted with bright colours and the tops are covered with red, black, yellow, or green canopies. Lord Jagannath uses red and yellow, while Lord Balaram uses red and green, and Goddess Subhadra uses red and black. All the chariots have different sets of wooden horses and wheels, which the chariots from one another.

Jagannath’s Chariot – Nandighosha

Lord Jagannath’s chariot is called as Chakradhwaja or Nandighosa, which means tumultuous and blissful sound. The specific features of Lord Jagannath’s Rath are – It is 45 feet tall, has 16 wheels, weighs 65 tons, has the Garuda on its crest along with four white wooden horses

Balabhadra’s Chariot – Taladhwaja

Lord Balaram’s cart is called Taladhwaja, which means the sound of significantly powerful rhythm. It comprises 14 wheels, and is drawn by four black wooden horses. It carries Hanuman on its crest.

Subhadra’s Chariot – Darpadalana

Goddess Subhadra’s cart is called Padmadhwaja or Darpadalan, which means destroyer of pride. It has a lotus on its crest, uses 12 wheels, and is drawn by four red wooden horses.

Gundicha Temple

The fourth day after Rath Yatra is celebrated as Hera Panchami when Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Jagannatha, visits Gundicha temple in the search of Lord Jagannatha. Hera Panchami should not be confused with Panchami Tithi as Hera Panchami is celebrated on the fourth day after Ratha Yatra and usually observed on Shashthi Tithi.

After resting eight days in Gundicha temple Lord Jagannatha returns to his main abode. This day is known as Bahuda Yatra or Return Yatra and is observed on the eighth day after Ratha Yatra on Dashami Tithi (if we don’t have any skipped or leaped Tithi during Lords’ stay in Gundicha temple). During Bahuda Yatra Lord makes a short stoppage at Mausi Maa Temple which is dedicated to Goddess Ardhashini.

It should be noted that Lord Jagannatha returns to his main abode just before Devshayani Ekadashi when he goes to sleep for four months.

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9 Mysterious Facts About Puri Jagannath Temple

9 Mysterious Facts About Puri Jagannath Temple

The biggest pilgrimage destination for the devotees of Lord Krishna and Vishnu through out the nation . Puri Jagannath Temple was built in 12th century by King Chodanga Deva. The temple is also famous for “Ratha yatra” and “Chariot festival” where thousands gather annually to celebrate the event. Apart from holiness there are certain mysterious facts about this famous temple. Keep your scientific brain aside and go through these amazing facts. 1. The flag on top of temple always floats in opposite direction of wind.

2. Sudarshana Chakra present on top of the temple can be viewed from any part of Puri.

3. Generally the hot cool breeze blows from the sea in the day and warm winds at the night from the Oceans,but in Puri its quite opposite than the rest of the world. We can experience warm air in the day and cool breeze at night.
4. We cannot see any bird or plane flying over the Puri Jagganath Temple.
5. The Shadow of the main dome(Dhwaja stambha) cannot be seen at any time of the day.
6. The prasadam prepared on a single day never gets wasted or shortfalls ever. Whether a surplus number of people visit the temple or less it fulfills all.
7. The prasdam in temple is cooked in clay pots placed one on another and cooked using wooden fire. The mystery is that the top most pot gets cooked first and gradually down.
8. You cannot hear the tides of ocean as soon as you step into Singhadwara, when you take a little leap out of the Dwara you can hear the ocean. Quite wonder isn’t that.
9. For every 12 years the old idols are buried below the new idols manually, mystery is that they disintegrate on their own and the idols are masked until the task gets completed.

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