Rath-Yatra... The Car Festival!!
July 12, 2010 10:32pm CST
[b][/b]Today is world famous 'Rath-Yatra' or 'The Car Festival'! At Purusottam Kshetra Puri in my state Orissa, many lakhs of people from all around the country assemble here to visit this once a year festival of deities Shree Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Shree Jagannath. The three chariots of Shree Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Shree Jagannath move from the front of ShreeMandir (Main tempe of Puri) to ShreeGundichaa Mandir (Gundichaa temple), about 2.5 kms on the Badadaanda (grand-road) of Puri and the deities stay at ShreeGundichaa Mandir for nine days! This whole period is called the time of Rath-Yatra and the city of Puri more becomes an attractive place of visit for lakhs of people during this period of the important festival! All the worship rituals of the deities are carried at the ShreeGundichaa Mandir during this period. Not only at Puri, but in many places in India and outside India, this festival is also celebrated with real spiritual alertness among the devotees and people! By this time, the national broadcaster 'All India Radio' has started its direct-view running commentry from its broadcasting stations of Puri, Cuttack, Sambalpur and many other places. Also, the view of this festival is direct telecast by 'Doordarshan' and many other local tv channel operators. In this occasion of auspicious Rath-Yatra, may Lord of the Universe protect humanity with 'Peace, Progress and Prosperity'! "Shree Jagannath Swamee Nayana patha Gaamee Bhabatu Mein" - May Lord of Universe occupy my path of vision! Jai Jagannath! Jai Jagannath!! Jai Jagannath!!!
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31 Jul 10
hi annabel, A very good discussion started by Mitraa..Yes it is good to everyone who beleives the GOD JAGANATHA..There is a story behind this which made the day to be celebrated as festival and a Car is build by different people before few week of the festival...it has some significance in history..I hope this article can help you in knowing some information http://www.boddunan.com/miscellaneous/51-general-reference/4924-legends-about-lord-jagannath.html Hope this information is really useful for people not knowing the significance of the festival..Happy Mylotting.
• Anantapur, India
13 Jul 10
hi mitraa, yes i know two days back Radha Yatra of Puri Jagannath,Lord Vishnu,Balarama Krishna brother of Lord Krishna and Subadra sister of Lord Krishna idles are in Puri the famous city of Orissa in India,but there are lot of gathering at Puri on this occassion,people from all over the India and world will come and attend the Ratha Yatra,one i may visit Puri,Bubaneswar and Katak,but god must permit me to visit Orissa,have a nice day
• United States
13 Jul 10
What better wishes could the people of the Hindu religion send around the world, than may the lord of the Universe protect Humanity with "Peace, Progress and Prosperity." and May the Lord of the Universe occupy my path of vision." Blessings to all
• Guwahati, India
13 Jul 10
Hi Mitraa, I have known this famous Rath Yatra at Puri since my childhood but have had got the chance to be a part of it in parson. But one day surely I would be there to see the grand Rath Yatra with my bare eye. I am more excited about the festivity and the huge congregation. This 'Car Festival' focuses what religion means for the Indians in the larger field. I saw on TV some sad event taking place today. A few people got killed due to stampede and some other lost their senses due to the heat. Leaving this part the rest is really eye feaster.
13 Jul 10
Jai Gagannath my friend, i congratulate you for starting this beautiful discussion here. Let others on this globe learn about this 'World famous' car festival. Right now i am viewing the direct telecast in tv, i feel lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Goddess are showering the blessings on me. I see there so many visitors and devotee from abroad. This festival is obseved not only in India but abroad too. Thanks for sharing. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor